Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Across a Billion Years by Robert Silverberg

Synopsis: Scattered throughout the globe of human-occupied scope is evidence of a civilization that bestrode the galaxy before humanity was born. Now, a strange device has been discovered that shows the details of that great civilization. The details include a star map and hints that the High Ones are not extinct after all. The map beckons, and humans, being what they are, will follow. To the next great step in human destiny - or ultimate disaster. (from the back of the book)

Review: Written in from the first-person view of Tom Rice, this story follows a group of archeologist as they dash across the galaxy, hoping to discover the greatest archeological find in human history. What they get - is so much more! The book starts a little slow, but picks up quickly. The characters are amusing and different and I enjoyed the narrator’s description of each.
This book was written in 1969. As I read more sci-fi books from that time period, I have noticed a common particularity about them. There is less violence and more thought. The characters spend time ruminating about the nature of the cosmos and human society, etc. This seems to show up less and less in books as you approach the current age. I don't know what it means, but it's got me thinking....
Anyhoo, this is a good solid sci-fi novel, and I enjoyed reading it.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-812-55450-7
Date Finished: 9-10-2014
Pages: 249

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