The Gods Themselves Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun... They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe?These few beings, human and alien, hold the key to the Earth's survival.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 26 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 14, 2014|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #8,789 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#69 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#277 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#391 in Adventure Science Fiction
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Asimov was a polymath, of the widest ranging fields of study. His library of original writings, much more than science-fiction, remains astounding. I recommend the reader dip into his work, and to start with "The Gods Themselves." Avoid reading it too rapidly.
Throughout the story, many issues are implied above and beyond the science fiction at hand. Left brain/right brain difference are covered in the alien interactions. The morality of putting one species over another is touched upon. The difficulty of replacing an energy source are touched on - Asimov could have been predicting the oil crisis and resultant pollution impacts.
At times when reading this book, I really felt, "So this is what a truly great writer is about..." The prose was fantastic, the weaving of the three story lines was fine craftmanship, and the meaning broader than just the surface plot. In many ways Asimov transcends the genre of science fiction in this amazing story.
come alive. You will find the science as interesting as the story line and the characters. This is a classic.
While I have read and enjoyed the Robot series, the Foundation books, as well as the "Empire" books (Pebble in the Sky, the Currents of Space, The Stars Like Dust), as well as a couple of others, the one thing that always strikes you is how "human-centric" Asimov typically is. Indeed, in later Foundation books, it is strongly suggested that Earth itself was the only real source of sentient life and that native life on other worlds was always lesser life forms only. If I recall, R Daneel Olivaw even suggests a whispered legend (which appears to be a reference to Asimov's "The End of Eternity") that hints it may have been made that way on purpose to suit humanity.
So imagine how delighted I was to finally find a work of Asimov that mentions (and depends upon) an entire alien culture. And what an alien culture! Asimov doesn't just propose finding them on another planet, but in a parallel universe altogether, where the laws of physics are slightly different than ours, resulting in beings that are so different from life as we know it that the reader is challenged to struggle a bit at first to comprehend them when they first appear in part two of the book. Yet, amazingly, as weirdly different at they are, Asimov still makes their minds and motivations such that we mere humans can relate and understand. They are not some two dimension alien threat out of a 50's B grade movie, but real people (despite their clearly different life form) to whom we can attribute real motives.
This glimpse of another universe is sandwiched between two brilliantly written glimpses of humanity's future that will both please and surprise fans of Asimov's work. Part 1 introduces a fictional new future tech around which the entire story will revolve, showing vividly the all too human politics behind its creation and why it harbors a hidden danger no one wants to acknowledge. (And if you find it hard to believe so many characters are unwilling to consider the dangers of this tech, consider climate change denial in the real world, and this portrayal of human behavior becomes surprisingly true-to-life.)
And finally, part 3 takes us (literally) to the Moon, where Asimov proves his mettle as a futurist, giving a fairly realistic glimpse of what it might mean to colonize our nearest neighbor, while integrating this beautifully into the ongoing story of the struggle to save humanity from its own short sightedness. Indeed, after reading the Robot and Foundation presentations of human colonization, I would say this view is surprisingly less "space opera" and more realistic that I'm used to from Asimov.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who considers themselves a fan of Asimov.
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In his own words, The God Themselves, is his favorite work among his abundant writings. It is very imaginative of him to conceive a pump that exchanges energy between the two worlds where diverse beings inhabit.
In actual fact, this novel has intriguing subplots to keep readers hooked, which proves that he has learnt from his earlier novels. The presence of 2 female characters are almost dominant in the first 2 sections.
A thoughtful and reflective work from the famous Asimov.