Sunday, 17 August 2014
A New Eon II
A For Andromeda by Fred Hoyle and John Elliot;
Contact by Carl Sagan.
By somehow transmitting their memories into selected human brains:
Ossian's Ride by Fred Hoyle.
By the passage through the Solar System of -
an intelligent gas cloud: The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle;
another planetary system: Fifth Planet by Fred Hoyle and Geoffrey Hoyle;
a large artifact: Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C Clarke.
(i) Fred Hoyle systematically developed four of these five ideas.
(ii) I strongly suspect that some more recent science fiction with which I am less familiar addresses similar ideas.
(iii) Like Rendezvous With Rama, Greg Bear's Eon presents a large artifact entering the Solar System. However, the "Stone"'s origin is not extrasolar. As yet, I have read only as far as Chapter Three where the Stone's origin puzzles the characters and therefore also the reader. Although I must stop making this comparison, this is indeed an idea worthy of Poul Anderson.