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The Medusa Chronicles (2016)

Call Number SF/BAXTER,S

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Science FictionSF/BAXTER,SAvailable
Published: New York : Saga Press, 2016
Description:  412 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9781481479677, 1481479679,
Language:  English

"A sequel to Sir Arthur C. Clarke's Nebula Award-winning novella "A Meeting with Medusa," this novel continues the thrilling adventure of astronaut Howard Falcon, humanity’s first explorer of Jupiter from two modern science fiction masters. Howard Falcon almost lost his life in an accident as the first human astronaut to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter—and a combination of human ingenuity and technical expertise brought him back. But he is no longer himself. Instead, he has been changed into an augmented human: part man, part machine, and exceptionally capable. With permission from the Clarke Estate, Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds continue this beloved writer’s enduring vision and have created a fresh story for new readers. The Medusa Chronicles charts Falcon’s journey through the centuries granted by his new body, but always back to mysteries of Jupiter and the changing interaction between humanity and the universe. A compelling read full of incredible action right from the beginning, this is a modern classic in the spirit of 2001 and The Martian."--Amazon

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Additional Credits:
Reynolds, Alastair, 1966- author
Clarke, Arthur C. 1917-2008. (Arthur Charles),

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Disappointing "sequel"

This book, which is based on a very short story by Arthur C Clarke, a science fiction master, took two authors to do in +500 pages what Clarke could have done better. Clarke was creative.

I have been an avid scifi reader for +50 years. In preparation for reading this book, I reread the short story which this book tries to exploit. The contrast was enormous.

Clarke knew when to stop explaining in detail the background of a story and and/or how to make the situations interesting. That is speculative fiction. When there wasn't sufficient meat in the setting, to make his protagonists characters which whom readers could empathize, he continued to write a book, otherwise he left it as a short story.

This book does neither. It beats a dead horse, telling essentially the same story over and over with little character development.

It joins the growing ranks of stories generated by teaming a good author with a research assistant/page filler, and in this case the good author with insight and genuine inspiration is missing.

There are very few good hard science fiction authors, compared to those who know how to write good fantasy. Fantasy can pose any setting for its characters and concentrate on creating within that setting an intersting problem and characters. Hard science fiction takes what we know today, extrapolates slightly and reasonably from that, and uses that setting to tell a story.

In either case, a good writer makes the story interesting, the characters and/or their goals interesting and relatable. A great author does all of these, things.

It's commendable that Benford attempted to do this. It's too bad that his team failed.
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