Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Genesis And Emberverse

We compare three texts:

in the Biblical Genesis, God creates the heaven and the earth, i.e., the universe;

in Poul Anderson's Genesis, post-organic intelligences spread from Earth through the galaxy and beyond, forming a collective mind;

in SM Stirling's Emberverse series, Mind, originating on Earth, survives the end of the universe and directs the evolution of a subsequent universe.

In the subsequent Emberverse universe, a hostile Power aims to destroy Mind on Earth. However, the Mind that has survived from the previous universe would still exist, I think?

5 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And I think the real point of Anderson's GENESIS was how the AI of Earth, Gaia, brought back ORGANIC intelligence, the human race, from extinction. The "envoy" sent by the extra-Solar AIs to investigate Earth was not at all sure it was right of Gaia to bring mankind back from extinction--not if the human race had chosen to die out rather than continue a pointless, meaningless existence.

    Somehow, I missed all this about "Mind" you are discussing in my first reading of the Emberverse books. Which chagrins me!

    Sean

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    1. Sean,
      You would have noticed it when reading but it is very condensed and I think that condensed texts are harder to recall.
      Paul.

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    2. Kaor, Paul!

      I think you are right about "condensed" texts being harder to recall. Which touches on why I like to reread books I enjoyed reading, because you get to notice details forgotten or missed in a first reading.

      Sean

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    3. Sean,
      Precisely one of the points of this blog and particularly applicable to Poul Anderson.
      Paul.

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    4. Kaor, Paul!

      I've TRIED to tell friends of mine that good books should be read more than once, not just tossed aside and forgotten after being read a single time only. For reasons we have both of us given.

      Sean

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