Macroscope [Piers Anthony] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Piers Anthony’s most loved works! A great interwoven exciting story . A “hard SF” novel by Piers Anthony, who usually writes fantasy, in which mathematics forms a basis of communication between humans and intelligent aliens. Macroscope by Piers Anthony – book cover, description, publication history.

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Just some its component elements include astrology, ancient history, Sidney Lanier’s poetry, a grand history of a multifarious universe, and the wars it endured, mind destroying beams, a project to create genetically perfect geniuses. Retrieved from ” https: Were they absolutely blind?


Oct 27, Richard Friedericks rated it it was amazing. Even learning what was going on I couldn’t find a plausible reason for sending us that direction.

I read it macroscoppe, many years ago and would love to get a copy and read it again. Those last chapters were some of the most excruciating science fiction storytelling I’ve ever encountered, and it was sprinkled with the awesome resolutions that – despite having more than pages to prepare for – Anthony never got around to setting up.

Refresh and try again. A grand, epic masterpiece. My classmates and I played far too much of this during class. I was intrigued and its ideas and images stayed with me all these years. This is the powerful story of man’s struggle with technology, and also the story of his human struggle with himself. In Chapter 8, one of the main characters, Ivo, ends up in ancient Damascus.

Jan 12, Zach rated it did not like it. To outrun the space cops, all they have to do is activate a beam from the alien radio signal, which turns piera all into a pool of goo and magically activates again later to turn them back. In that respect it’s easy to overlook the book’s roots in the technology of the ‘s. Ellie Arroway and the alien who has taken on the form of her long-dead father to ease the conversation.


By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelieva Macroscope Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. This took six months to complete, keeping him “pinned” during the interval. This work was nominated for the Hugo Award. First, it can change one’s view of what’s possible within the genre of science fiction. Personally for me, to find that questions that had been triggered by a novel Contact seemed to find their proverbial ‘Yang’ in a novel written 15 years before it was moderately rib-tickling.

This is one of those very early works, and by some measures it may be his best, or very nearly so, standing with his Chthon and Orn as a seminal work that introduced ideas that are still fresh and very different from the standard run-of-the-mill A Wild Soup of Sprouts, Genius, and Astrology: But unless you’re easily offended, the story is worth looking past that. But Ivo is more than he seems to be, and as we follow the story as it progresses from Earth bound considerations to a galactic encyclopedia to interstellar war with some truly different alien life forms all the way to the fate of universe and folding other ideas into the mix, such as astrology as a true macrocsope, the reader is treated to an incredible trip through the minds of more than one genius.

More of all the worst of the elements – too much of what antyony an awful character quirk, too much astrology posing as hard science fiction, too many hops on the soap boxes, too many uses of the deus ex machina, anthonny much awful dialogue.

Anthony also uses Ivo as a stand-in for Sidney Laniera poet. But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first century.

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Really quite terrible, which is why it took me so long to finish. Those without the intelligence to understand the advanced portions of macrosckpe signal are unaffected. This signal repeats itself, starting with instructions on basic math and progressing to ever-more complex information. So, that makes one less question off my list before I can die in peace!!

At several points, Anthony mentions that only the four together, acting as a unit, can solve the problems presented to them. Aug 19, Jlawrence rated it liked it. It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. However, over-riding all of these signals is another of enormous power, one of such strength that it must have been constructed by a Type II civilization. I found it through a recent comment on Slashdot. Buy this work of mathematical fiction and read reviews at amazon.

Interesting and quite enjoyable.

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It was very well done and the entire time I was reading it I just kept wanting to find out what was going to happen next. But although they may have longed for it, not anthonyy the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first Macroscope Throughout history, mmacroscope has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe.

This also means the whole concept of the Macroscope became too hard to believe in.

Written in circahardly any of it seems dated even today, if you discount some fairly recent events such as our discovery of exo-planet [Summary review]: