Rogue Moon

Rogue Moon All his life Al Barker has toyed with death So when the US lunar programme needs a volunteer to penetrate a murderous labyrinth alien to all human comprehension Barker s the man to do it But what i

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  • Title: Rogue Moon
  • Author: Algis Budrys
  • ISBN: 9780575108004
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • All his life, Al Barker has toyed with death So when the US lunar programme needs a volunteer to penetrate a murderous labyrinth, alien to all human comprehension, Barker s the man to do it But what is required of Barker is that he withstand the trauma of dying, not just once, but time and time and time again.

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    1. I've long been aware of Budrys as a 'classic' author in the SF genre, and 'Rogue Moon' was a Hugo nominee, so this seemed like a good place to check out his work. A mysterious alien artifact has been discovered on the Moon. Under the supervision of a brilliant researcher, Dr. Hawks, it's being investigated, with the help of a new, Star Trek-style transporter technology which allows men to beam to the moon. Luckily, the body that ends up on the moon is only a duplicate. "Luckily," because the art [...]

    2. This book is one of the SF Masterworks series of classic sf novels so it clearly is not something to be sniffed at, plus it was cited by Alastair Reynolds as a favorite so I duly added it to my reading list (a year or so ago!) and finally got around to it. Really not what I was expecting to be honest.Set in 1959 it is the story of a scientist who sends a man to the moon to investigate a mysterious alien construct (Big Dumb Object ) picked up by a satellite photo. Unfortunately, rocket science is [...]

    3. 6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" novels. I just re-read this novel after having first read it about 15 years ago and I was blown away by how amazing this novel is. Algis Budrys was a phenomenal writer who wrote highly intelligent science fiction during a time when much of the SF being published was of the stereotypical "spaceships and aliens" variety. Quality science fiction at its most basic is usually about ideas and the human condition. Well this book screams about the human condi [...]

    4. Nepaisant to, kad ši knyga įtraukta į visokius geriausių, įtakingiausių, klasikinių ir kitus panašius sci-fi literatūros sąrašus, man ji pasirodė nykus, nuobodus, neaiškaus siužeto kūrinys. Nelabai net supratau, ką autorius norėjo juo papasakoti, ir kodėl sci-fi kūrinyje apie mėnulį ir ateivių labirintą mėnulis ir ateivių labirintas lieka net ne antram, o kokiam ketvirtam plane, o pirmus tris planus užima Coelho'iška filosofija ir, pardon my french, nuolatinis betiksli [...]

    5. It started out so wellWith a premise like the one this book has, it seemed like a must read. published and set in 1960 before we went to the moon, this sci-fi tells of space exploration. Some kind of implied NASA agency has created a cloning device that transports a pilot's double up to the moon to check things out. The astronaut can sense what his clone is experiencing. And there's an entity up there that keeps killing clones. Cool? One would think, right?And the pilot that they rope into doing [...]

    6. I think that's a 2.5 rating. The science speculation in this book, the mysterious object on the moon and the teleportation technology, is seriously chilling. I loved that part of it. It was interesting and terrifying. Unfortunately most of this book is about some bitter, obsessed middle-aged men and their pissing contests and whatever it means to be a "real man" in the 1960's. There are two female characters: one is a one-dimensional femme fatale who only stays with real men, and the other is no [...]

    7. this was a reread, as it's one of my favorite books. hadn't read it in a while. it more than holds up. the thing i like about this book is that my brain can't contain it. the character interactions are so intense and limited, mostly, to dialogue (and often speeches) about abstract subjects ethical and existential conundrums, what it means to be a man, to be brave, human sometimes it makes me feel like i'm a little kid who had wandered out of bed in the middle of the night and is eavesdropping on [...]

    8. A piece of classic SF with an intriguing premise that explores some of my favourite themes but for me seemed to lack focus and was distracted by pointless character interactions and conversations.Many a time I've pondered what really happens to you if you were teleported from one location to another, the original you destroyed but your exact molecular structure accurately recreated in the target location. How would you really know you were still who you were before after the event? All you would [...]

    9. You know how all the characters in the Winnie The Pooh stories are apparently displaying various types of mental disorder? Well, this book is kind of doing the same thing. But where the denizens of the 100 acre wood are a likeable bunch with a few foibles, the characters in this story are broken, unpleasant and often dangerous. A person with training in the field of psychology could have a fine time going through the book diagnosing the conditions of the cold almost psychopathic Dr Edward Hawks, [...]

    10. In these days of ten volume, backbreaking series, it’s easy to forget that sometimes brevity can equal quality.Algirdas Jonas Budrys (1931-2008) is a writer who deserves greater recognition in the genre, though these days, if he is known at all, he is perhaps better known as a critic. For the record, much of his time was spent writing the Book Reviews column for Galaxy (1965-71) and The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1975-93), as well as being a teacher at the Clarion Writers Worksho [...]

    11. Gods, just lost my brilliant review In summary1. Superficially a SF2. Really an essay on what it means to be me3. Been there, done that4. Know what it means to be me5. It can have only 1 ending (this the SF part)6. I was bored

    12. Theseus auf dem Mond"Projekt Luna" ist eines der Bücher, das auf der Liste der 100 besten SF-Romane des Magazins "Wunderwelten" stand. Ich habe alle Bücher dieser Liste gelesen, und zu 95% wieder vergessen - gegen das Vergessen hilft nur Neulektüre, und so habe ich das uralte, vergilbte Exemplar der deutschen Übersetzung wieder hervorgekramt. Tatsächlich ist es ja manchmal so, dass man sich während des Lesens wieder an Teile erinnert - dieser Roman war komplett neu für mich (erneut). Viel [...]

    13. I remembered this being a whole lot better than it was. The premise is SO COOL and there are moments of genuine introspection / exploration of mortality / identity / human nature BUT oh my god 90% of this book is macho dudes having pointlessly overwrought conversations with each other and engaging in pissing contests about who is more of a "real man" and who is going to win the trophy woman. (Also CW for casual domestic violence yeesh.)The conversations Main Scientist Dude has with his girlfrien [...]

    14. I would have given this 3.5 stars if allowed to do so. It's a brilliant story but it is somewhat marred by the author's attempt to sex it up with characters you'd expect to see in a James Bond film.Otherwise, it's a beautiful meditation on death and human identity. The premise: a mysterious, maze-like object has been discovered on the moon. Scientists in the U.S in the midst of the space race, have developed a device that "transmits" (i.e. sends a duplicate) of the human body to the moon, much t [...]

    15. Rogue Moon was written in 1960, long before the moon landing. I probably read it in the mid-70s, and can only recall one critical element of the story: an alien artifact discovered on the moon is, in effect, a lethal funhouse labyrinth.Spoiler, I suppose:Scientists want to understand its secrets, but it kills whoever enters. The solution: they have a way of recording the explorer's thoughts as they enter and are inevitably killed -- and then the knowledge of how they got as far as they did, and [...]

    16. Aquellos que busquen una aventura en un lugar misterioso, que se olviden de esta novela.Los fanáticos de la ciencia ficción hard la encontrarán flojita.Los que esperen encontrar un viaje iniciático como en ''el hombre en el laberinto'' de Silverberg, que busquen en otra parte.Budrys es un buen escritor. La novela comienza de modo interesante, con buenos personajes, pero las páginas van pasando y pasando y sólo tienes fricciones o acercamientos de los mismos hasta que la ciencia ficción vu [...]

    17. Have to say I really hated everybody in this book. Too little of the story is about the SF-ness idea, maybe 1/10th. The other 9/10ths are a boozy, alcoholic examination of machismo, in a pissing contest of the three male leads. Women treated weirdly. Hate this book.

    18. Hidden on the surface of the moon is a labyrinthine alien relic, something that Dr. Edward Hawks of Continental Electronics has spent years investigating. The Navy wanted Continental’s matter-transmitter for its obvious potential, but when the artifact was discovered, they saw an immediate application for the transmitter: the Navy uses it to send investigators to the moon’s surface, explorers who search the artifact for signs of its purpose or creators. But every investigator who enters the [...]

    19. This was a very disappointing science fiction novel. Why? Because for much of the book the science fiction was irrelevant. There are two main SF elements: an enigmatic and deadly alien artefact found on the moon and a matter transmitter remarkably similar in principle to the later Star Trek transporter (though its use is not nearly as casual). The alien artefact thread is not really taken anywhere at all; the transmitter and the issues of death and identity that it raises are well examined but o [...]

    20. It's 1959, the U.S. already has a base on the moon, and the use of a "matter duplicator" to get people there. And yet when Dr. Edward Hawks wants to adjust the temperature in his office, he fumbles with the knobs on a recalcitrant window unit.I don't know that I have ever read a novel where the characters were so uniformly belligerent to one another. Nor one where the author allows them to make incredibly long speeches chapter after chapter. But that's what you get, and it works surprisingly wel [...]

    21. I recently got a taste for Budrys through second-hand books, then found to my dismay that he's more or less out of print in this country. Bah! Luckily his most famous novel Rogue Moon just got picked up by the SF Masterworks line.Like many SF novels that have stood the test of time, this one is a weird mix of the surprisingly modern and the gobsmackingly contemporary (in this case, the late 50s). The central gimmick is a thunderingly good one, but the action is highly abstract and largely offsta [...]

    22. Explorers found a strange formation on Moon. It kills volunteers in very sophisticated ways. Actually, It loves to kill them. All attempts to investigate the thing failed.Doctor Pawks thought out a new idea. What will happen if he finds a volunteer who himself loves death so much as the formation on Moon loves to kill? He found Barker. He transmitted him to Moon. And it worked. At least, for the first time partially. He lived several minutes. The process of transmission or materialization is rat [...]

    23. Probably my favorite science fiction novel of all time, discovered on a basement bookshelf with the rest of my father's paperback collection.A scientific team is able to send astronauts to the moon by teleporting doppelgängers and maintaining a brief psychic link between the original and the duplicate. On the moon, the explorers discover a mysterious alien artifact that kills them in inevitable, ghastly ways, driving their earthbound duplicates insane. The only way the chief scientist can conti [...]

    24. Rogue Moon is a surprising book that is not what I expected, yet kept me eagerly turning pages late into the night. This story is not so much an exploration of an alien artifact on the moon, but, rather, an exploration of the human condition and how individuals approach life and death. Budrys examines the motivations of people, how those motivations drive their interactions with others, and how those motivations define the way in which they see themselves. More importantly, in a universe that ca [...]

    25. Being about an early exploration of the moon makes it sci-fi, but the central portion of this book is primarily a character study. The two main characters are men driven to succeed; a third character identifies them (and himself) this way but is soon cast aside. Two female characters are paper thin, the second existing primarily so one of the main characters can talk about his feelings - something that wouldn't be done with other men apparently.I found the tech interesting and the morality discu [...]

    26. "A man who turns his back - who lurks at the edge of the battle, and pushes others in to face his enemies-" Barker looked suddenly and obviously at Hawks. "That's not a man. That's some kind of crawling, wriggling thing."Great book! Thanks, Ben. This isn’t the science fiction I remember. A handful of messed up characters fiddlin’ around with death, material transmitters, and weird shit on the moon. Some of the best dialog and character interaction I’ve read this year. Death. It’s a book [...]

    27. An extremely well-written novel, with characters that spring fully-fledged off each page. The story is imbued with a ‘fifties vibe (it was published in 1960), and the tech is marvellously outmoded, but where these factors may have dated a lesser tale, they here add additional flavour to a novel that operates on two levels, being on the one hand an intriguing SF premise, and on the other a deeply fascinating examination of the relationship between mind and body, memory and fact, and of the psyc [...]

    28. A novel full of good ideas and questions about death and memory and what we leave behind, and sometimes (especially closer to the end) brilliant and powerful passages of dialogue, but which maybe drags a little in the middle, occasionally sinks into melodrama, and the characters often end up being mouthpieces for the clever dialogue instead of y'know, people.

    29. A powerful conclusion and some great rumination on the nature of death. But boy does this thing go on and on, with weird dialogue scenes that hint at literally insane characters attempting to hide behind impenetrable, navel-gazing dialogue, as if histrionic melodrama were the only alternative to unintelligible screeching. Several characters contribute nothing to the story, and should have been cut to save time. In fact, about half of the scenes are entirely expendable. The impact of that great e [...]

    30. Terrible mess. Smarmy main character who is always right about everything (in a quiet, logical way natch), other characters one-dimensional. Dialogue that was probably a bit ahead of its time, but is nowhere near as good as the author probably thought. Nonsensical "plot". Unnecessary "chatty" interludes (no wonder this got cut down to an even shorter story at one time). The hard sci-fi idea of a matter transporter and the (flimsy) surrounding philosophical consequences just about save this 1.5 S [...]

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