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Flawed Humanity, Dark History, Deep Time & Limitless Space-scapes
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2018
The thing about the book Galileo's Dream is that it continued to confirm one of the archetypal patterns of my own personal research and deep areas of interest... which I didn't know it would be as much of a match about going into it.
It's a combination of a very grounded real and encouraging perspective on a flawed human being (it's a biography of sorts of G.Galileli) who had the internal drive to behave, observe and learn about reality as a scientist. In some ways it's an unapologetic treatise about the flawed nature of being a single-minded scientific outlier in a culture that didn't understand him; as well as the social order, family system and an economic under structure that thwarted his ability to thrive as a scientist. An era in which he found himself adrift and in pain and inflicting pain on others as well.
In any case the main point I would make is back to the deeper level of personal research that I can only find to be enlightened through fiction: it's the pursuit of understanding how the multiple dimensions of reality can be construed when different authors take their approaches to help their readers ascertain an experience of the 4th, 5th, 6th all the way through the 10th or 11th dimension of the reality of the universe.
Robinson does an amazing job of overlaying a time traveling multi-dimensional structure of reality that is an excellent guide to describing parallel universes and the ability to incrementally affect history through the flow of multiple patterns of existences. I would put that book on one end of the spectrum that I appreciated re: the multi-dimensional fictional descriptions of the universe and on the other end of the spectrum I will put the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy by Cixin Lui. He delivers much more hard science fiction ala Arthur C. Clark and others. He takes on the challenge of trying to represent how the human experience could be extended beyond our comprehension when engaged with extra-terrestrial, super intelligent life forms & the shift of time & space via travel of people into the solar system and the remainder of the universe through light speed. It's lays out a more clinical, natural potentiality of the discover-able nature of the cosmos unfurled & unparalleled in my experience. It's the standard bearer of how hard science fiction is being done in the 21st century.
Thus those two books dovetail together nicely one being grounded in historical fiction with different threads of commentary on what it might mean to be in the multiple dimensions of the universe (Robinson). Cixin does a better job allowing the reader to get a deeper engagement with the potentialities of the other dimensions that have a more logical or super logical construct. KSR is more fantastical or even poetical in his imaginative kinds of devices i.e. the 10 dimensional manifold on manifolds as he calls it.