Seveneves

Seveneves

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Five thousand years later after a catastropic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062190376
0062190377
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 880 pages ;,24 cm
Alternative Title: Seven eves
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What would happen if tomorrow a catastrophic event began the countdown clock to Earth's uninhabitability? Would we band together to overcome the challenges before us? How will the progeny of those that survive look back on us?


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Pat_Kelly
Mar 30, 2019

Okay it's worthy of the Hugo nomination it received in 2016. The shear magnitude of Stephenson's effort to detail the technical and social development over an epic period is hard to imagine and must be respected. It's a story of the moon's destruction leading to inihilation of the earth's surface in 2yrs and mankind's preparation for survival off the surface. That's a book in of itself; 500pgs and 5000yrs later return to the earth. Over that time period "man" has genetically changed & split into different races, some from direct gene manipulation and some from Darwinian evolution. Another 500pgs and species has mostly recolonized a very different earth.
I'm a fan of hard science, but felt that too much space was spent on that aspect so that we'd accept the plausibility of the technology. I fear for most people it is way, way too much tech speak. With editing of about 250pgs this book could have won the Hugo.

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raul_fvrl
Mar 30, 2019

This book reads like a 1950's sci-fi "Rocketship to Planet X" type story, without the camp irony. The best part of the novel is the first line. After that it quickly becomes a collection of virtue signals and lazy character development (cf another comment about a main character resembling NdGT). I read further to see if anything improves but I have to agree with most of the other negative comments: I stopped at pg 200. Regarding the positive comments others have made, "The Three-body Problem" by Cixin Liu deals with the same topic (end of humanity) and is more thoughtful, engaging and well-written by far.

It’s a science fiction novel depicting a time in the near future when a small number of people will be forced to essentially become refugees in space to preserve the human race because of a calamity that will make the earth uninhabitable.

This book had me riveted. The author does an amazing job of painting the picture of the events leading up to the necessity of humans having to escape to space. He develops the characters really well and includes twists and turns in the plot that are highly plausible in the given circumstances. It’s a lengthy novel at nearly 900 pages, so not for the faint of heart, but I highly recommend it. (Submitted by Seline)

KungFuAndrew Apr 28, 2018

A long, detailed book about what happens if mankind knew life on Earth was ending and the only solution was to send people to space. I found the book bogged down in the details... I didn't really care about how things worked, just wanted the plot to continue so found myself skimming pages. Also felt the 2nd part of the book (5000 years later) wasn't needed and thought that part of the story seemed unrealistic and formulaic.

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JASchilz
Apr 14, 2018

Based on reading that the moon "blows up" in the first pages of the books, I figured that this was going to be weird Neal Stephenson instead of science Neal Stephenson.

A friend convinced me to give it a try, and I was wrong. It's no spoiler to say that the moon is "fractured" more than it blows up, and this serves as the pretext for Stephenson to lay out his blueprints for stupendous engineering feat after feat.

I found that parts of the book lagged, and Stephenson was occasionally difficult to follow: I had similar problems with Cryptonomicon but they were much smaller in Seveneves.

If you liked this, then of course you'll enjoy Andy Weir. And you might enjoy Daniel Suarez as well.

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miniguin
Dec 29, 2017

amazing

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chriswwcook
Sep 29, 2017

Fun read; interesting concept, dynamic characters, great The-Martian-like science (some might find tedious, but I did the tech stuff). Very imaginative, was a real page turner!

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zedteem
May 29, 2017

I wanted to love this book. Lots to recommend it as noted by other reviewers. In the end, I think the erratic pacing and my lack of empathy for the characters (especially in the last section) overcame my appreciation for the audacious scope and technical detail. So I ended up liking this book.

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burt_harris
Mar 20, 2017

Very well done, tops my reads so far this year. The time dynamics are astonishing, covering both hours and millennia with equal drama and imagination. .

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tjdickey
Jan 23, 2017

Stunning in scope, and fearless in the writing. To begin with the sentence "The moon blew up with no warning and for no apparent reason" and to be able seamlessly to start a section with "Five thousand years later" should give some sense for the breadth of Stevenson's narrative, and he delivers with an extremely compelling narrative. Don't expect to be coddled by the story, but do expect to be challenged, to be surprised (by sudden death and all-too-human failures), and to be thinking all the way to the final pages.

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Mar 03, 2016

Five thousand years later after a catastrophic event rendered the Earth a ticking time bomb, the progeny of a handful of outer space explorers--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey: to return to Earth.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

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JacobLauer
Nov 05, 2017

Part Three

FIVE THOUSAND YEARS LATER

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