[Ebook] ↠ The Alien Years Author Robert Silverberg – 1sm.info

The Alien Years What can I say about Silverberg, except that he s the greatest sci fi writer since Asimov His use of language, his amazing longevity as a published writer over 50 years , and his inventiveness are all legendary THE ALIEN YEARS is about surviving under alien domination, and spans decades of life in the occupied USA The characters are diverse an aging hippie, a cold blooded Muslim assassin, a prodigal son, and a renegade hacker, all combine to create a fascin They came, They saw, They conquered, We survived How does a person come to terms with an enslaving force so omnipotent and omniscience that to use a clique resistance is futile Is it madness to have hope This book tackles that questi This is my first novel by Silverberg, and it doesn t make me want to grab another book by him In this novel, set in the near future, aliens of greatly superior force and inscrutable motives invade and occupy Earth The story mostly follows one family, the Carmichaels of Southern California, over five decades as they cope and resist I rather liked that the eldest males in the line were named Anson Heinlein s middle name Nice homage that Early on the Carmichael patriarch, The Colonel, reflects that the invasion brings to mind Wells The War of the Worlds and expresses his frustration Wells resorted at the end to a deus ex machina and never really answered the question as to how to overcome an overwhelmingly superior force Ironic that Silverberg in this book makes not answering that question his theme The characters of the Carmichael clan are likable enough and Silverberg s style is readable, but there just wasn t anything here I found imaginative or thought provoking or caused me to connect with the characters in a way that made me care overmuch Too many important events happened off the page The chapters are very episodic in feel with years between the the end of one and the start of another I ve read several portions of this novel first appeared as short stories, which might explai Well written and readable alien occupation novel.It is based on his earlier short story PARDONER S TALE.This is not the best of Robert Silverberg but is than good enough. This book was Ok But it bogged down in the middle and I almost gave up on it I didn t think it had enough detail about post apocalype kinds of things It basically followed one family s survival and many of the details seemed very unrealistic. I really liked this one very much It is a return to of a pulpy fifties alien first contact story idea, but written in a modern style It is very character driven and entertaining It did not try to be over philosophical, or stylistically cre I m a sucker for alien invasion stories and this is a pretty good one Silverberg is a master storyteller and he spins an interesting and different take on this sci fi sub genre. . Aliens invade Earth and conquer the human race They can probe human minds to get people to do their bidding They can shut off the entire planet s electricity at will When the humans try to retaliate with a satellite attack, the aliens release a plague upon the world that kills half the planet s population There are actually three distinct species of aliens the master species are 15 feet tall squid like creatures, but there are also smaller creatures with glistening skin, and behemoth monsters with dome like heads The glistening and behemoth species are mentioned when the aliens first land on earth, but are barely mentioned again I would have liked to read about the relationship among the three species and how they interact and what their respective functions were The book spans fifty years and three generations of a family the main characters in the beginning have died off by the end, so there are really no central characters To me that is a weakness of the book Characters in general take a back seat to the plot Also there are so many family members that they are impossible to keep track of, and many are named after their parent or grandparent, so the reader is thinking Is this Anson III This rating was a tough one, if able I probably would have given it 2 1 2 stars and it probably deserves 3 just based on how well written it is But the rating given is in a large part based on my subjective enjoyment of the book and it all came down to this nagging unhappiness that kept creeping up on me throughout the book and good grief it s almost 500 pages long but I finished it and the huge letdown I felt at the ending.Even though most of the book is taken up with this one group family striving to accomplish something anything to get rid of the aliens the overall message felt like it was there s nothing anyone can ever do and when you do actually do something it won t amount to anything I m pretty sure that was the exact opposite of what the author was trying to convey based on a few paragraphs at the end, but truly that was the message that held through most of the book and the few paragraphs here and there that faintly gave a different message hardly amounted to a hill of beans against such overwhelming blah Okay, I get that these few who


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