Project Pope

Project Pope The return of Simak s favorite themes including esp robots religion in a thoughtful gentle delightfully original treatment On the remote planet End of Nothing a colony of advanced robots has estab

  • Title: Project Pope
  • Author: Clifford D. Simak
  • ISBN: 9780283988813
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Paperback
  • The return of Simak s favorite themes including esp, robots religion in a thoughtful, gentle, delightfully original treatment On the remote planet End of Nothing, a colony of advanced robots has established project Vatican 17 the building of an infallible computerized pope whose accumulated wisdom will eventually create a truly universal religion Gathering dataThe return of Simak s favorite themes including esp, robots religion in a thoughtful, gentle, delightfully original treatment On the remote planet End of Nothing, a colony of advanced robots has established project Vatican 17 the building of an infallible computerized pope whose accumulated wisdom will eventually create a truly universal religion Gathering data for the omnivorous Pope are the Listeners, humans with ESP whose agile minds probe thru time space Also hanging about, on the fringes of the utopian settlement, is reclusive, anachronistic Thomas Decker his invisible companion, Whisperer, a childlike alien of awesome latent powers Best of all in this cast of charmers are some wonderfully Simakian robots a beguilingly crusty electronic Pope his splendidly idiosyncratic robot Cardinals A lovely place but then Listener Mary appears to have discovered Heaven literally the resulting rancorous dispute Decker is murdered by a robot, there s a movement to canonize the now insane Mary threatens to tear Vatican 17 apart the conclusion involving some secretive, puissant autochthones, trips to weird worlds, a Decker clone a trio of peevish, megalomaniac aliens is carried thru with just the right blend of wackiness humility Thoroughly enjoyable one of the best ever from an sf grandmaster whose form has been decidedly variable in recent years Kirkus

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    1. Not sure why it happens that the man (Dr. Jason) Tennyson and the woman Jill (Roberts, journalist) arrived on this planet just as the robots' Search for Knowledge and for a constructed Faith also arrived. But so it did, and so we learn about these robots who are interested in humans and in relitions, and about humans, and about a bunch of other truly alien aliens.The sexism is much more minor than one might expect. Social drinking is totally a thing, but there's no tobacco or drug use, and the s [...]

    2. Simak's books have such a gentle folksy voice, as if Prairie Home Companion decided to write science fiction. In Project Pope a group of robots have started a research project Vatican-17 to synthesize a single true religion, but over the centuries the research has grown in importance while the religious side has become, not exactly less important but less urgent. Then one of the human psychic researchers claims she has found heaven, threatening a schism between the more and less fervent factions [...]

    3. For some reason I just find this book darling. Simak suffers from all of the weaknesses of his generation of SF writers. The characters are paper mache. There is a lumbering charge through the storytelling to reach the ideas as quickly as possible. His voice has a certain folksy Wisconsin charm to it, and when he's writing about robots in monks' vestments tending roses, there's a certain wacky beauty there that I find really pleasing.

    4. Very Dr Who-ish. Great premise and set-up, but the ending was sort of lousy. The book just sort of ended.

    5. I LOVE the cover it totally grabbed me, and then I saw it was Clifford Simak, and I couldn't resist. The story revolves around to lost souls of sorts, one, Tennyson, a Doctor on the run from a political upheaval on his planet, the other, Jill, a reporter looking for the story of her life. They both go to End of Nothing, a planet were a colony of robots and humans that are trying to find the one true religion the one robots can get behind. Their city is call Vatican, but they're not necessarily C [...]

    6. Running from the middle of nowhere (the feudal planet Gutshot) after his patron dies and he’s afraid he’s going to be forced to take the fall for it, Dr. Jason Tennyson takes the first ship out and ends up at the end of nowhere—the planet End of Nothing.End of Nothing has one settlement: Vatican, a robot project to discover the one true faith, preferably one that will include robots.This is a typically nice Simak story, with friendly characters, who despite being friendly all have differen [...]

    7. Wow, what an odd book! OK so if you get past the robot civilization who has set up a search for all knowledge using clones of humans who can transplant their consciousnesses across time and space, led by an evolving computer that aims to be the perfect religious and knowledge amassing computer (the Pope) and you wonder where the book is headed, suddenly in the last 50 pages: BAM: aliens that look like haystacks, aliens that look like white boards (cubes), aliens that look like giant snakes with [...]

    8. This is a lovely book based on an amusing premise. Not much to say but that I loved it to bits when I read it. And re-read it a couple of years later. Also, one of the few paperback SF books that I have retained in my library, carefully secured in a box (with others in the garage) from which I will someday extract it to read again. Or maybe I'll see if it's out in EPUB yet. Definitely this should be on the required reading list for anyone majoring in Sci Fi.

    9. End of Nothing. That is where almost all of this story takes place. It is also at the far edge of the Milky Way, thus its name. There are numerous mentions of "Old Earth" throughout the book, but nobody in the story seems to actually have been there. End of Nothing's main feature is Vatican-17, which seems to be a remote spin-off of the Roman Vatican. While humans are present, most of the society is actually made up of robots. However, the robots are subject to human emotions and, thus, human fr [...]

    10. With a title like Project Pope, I was expecting Simak to craft an intriguing science fiction tale. Certainly, in the end there are some very interesting aspects that the author broaches. However, I was quite disappointed that there wasn't a substantial, in-depth discussion on any religious principles. I thought that the book would cover how machines approach religion, and more adequately peruse questions like, "Do robots have a soul?" and "Are robots capable of love, and if not, can they truly p [...]

    11. My science-addled brain cannot handle too much serious reading these days, but good scifi like this is okay. This is another case of "don't judge a book by its cover (or title)", which is especially true of speculative science fiction. This book offers some interesting speculation on the nature of religion and its relation to actual information. It is set about 1,000 or so years after sentient robots have decided to create a universal religion by gathering information and putting it into a super [...]

    12. This novel is set in the far future where sentient robots live an equals alongside their human creators. On an planet named End of Nothing near the edge of the galaxy, a joint human-robot society called Vatican-17 has striven for centuries to create an artificial intelligence with the knowledge, wisdom, and infallibility approaching that of a Deity. The story follows a human medical doctor arriving at End of Nothing to serve as Vatican-17's new physician. He encounters not only the computerized [...]

    13. Questo romanzo è ambientato in un pianeta ai confini della galassia, colonizzato da robot senzienti che vi hanno fondato Vatican-17, una loro personale rivisitazione di cristianesimo atta alla ricerca della verità ultima, piuttosto che a una fede cieca e immobile. Su questo pianeta, arrivano i nostri protagonisti, per ragioni diverse, ma si ritrovano irrimediabilmente affascinati dalla ricerca della verità perseguita dai robot Robot: CheckEsseri alieni NON antropomorfi: check Esseri alieni an [...]

    14. Clifford D. Simak's tale about robots and a robot pope trying to find God is compelling. Set near the edge of the galaxy on a planet known as "The End of Nothing", it revolves around not only the robots, but also two human visitors who get caught up in events. I found it's large scale events and ideas very interesting.

    15. Robo-Pope. Clever and funny - the book, not the robo-pope, he barely gets a look in but that's the peculiar detail that made me pick up the book so maybe it'll work for you too. You won't regret it although it's fair to warn you it's more of a wistful and gentle sci-fi tale than a life changing epiphany the theme would suggest.

    16. Interesting window dressing leaves unsatisfying taste when it focuses more on uninteresting characters. There's clever bits of writing here but in the end, I came away with more questions then answers. The human characters take away from the most interesting bits which are the relationships between the robots, the pope, and the concept of humanity between them.

    17. Project Pope, while enjoyable, plods all the way to its final moments, which plods itself.Robots are looking for the gods, or God, and have a computer to do the searching. A couple of humans bumble in, have some adventures, there’s some intrigue. Unfortunately, a good portion of the book is padding. Entertaining padding, but padding nevertheless.

    18. This is a sweet and wacky classic intergalactic science fiction. A warm fuzzy read, really, with robots and people and aliens and religion. I loved the plot, though found the dialogue to be a tad hackneyed at times. Really thoroughly pleasant read though.

    19. Science FictionSo what if robots started their own Vatican on another planet and discovered Heaven? An interesting, if a bit overblown, philosophical discussion. Not that visionary and no real resolution to the idea.No Canadian references

    20. Narrator OK but after several tries I set it aside. I liked some of Simak's earlier stuff but the language and sentence structure here didn't seem natural. Not sure I would call it amateurish, but more like dialog you would find in a 1950's western movie.

    21. I typically liked the characters and their concepts, but I'm not as sure about the plot or this idea that there is one answer.

    22. I thoroughly enjoy thinking about the role of religion in a science fiction setting. This book certainly satisfied that interest.

    23. While it's "delightful" like the Kirkus reviewer says, the lack of any very serious treatment of religious and/or philosophical themes was a disappointment.

    24. Found in a used book shop I was enthralled. Each chapter gets stranger and stranger. I remember saying "it can't get weirder" only to be proven wrong. A fun book to read!

    25. Didn't really fulfill the premise it set out.But looking at the concept as a parallel to writing process it almost works.

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