------------------CUT FOR SPOILERS------------------- The apocalypse comes quickly, an asteroid that sneaks up in the Earth's blindspot, so only seven people manage to make it off the planet to Tycho Base. This isn't a problem, because they've been preparing for something like this to happen, so the base is manned by robots and run by a computer; there's cloning technology (which is apparently not prone to replication error) and they have frozen samples from plenty (a number is never given) of people and animal and plant species -- everything they need to one day terraform the Earth. The poor clones, born to die, seem like science fiction versions of Sisyphus. As mentioned above, there's no evidence that Williamson understands plate tectonics -- by the end of the book we must be hundreds of millions of years in the future, but the clones still look down from the moon at "the Americas" or "Asia" or "Africa" or "the Mediterranean." The whole question of artificial intelligence is never raised, and it really needed to be for me to get any picture of how Tycho Base worked. There are three women in the eight people cloned at one point or another: one is the keeper of the cultural artifacts, a virgin locked in her tower of the past; one is a biologist who "understands and enjoys" sex and shares with all of the men who are interested; the third is cloned only twice, the girlfriend of one of the men who, when she isn't cloned, becomes a sort of mythic ideal he spends his life pining for. But still, if I ignore all those throwback elements, the book does accomplish what I think Williamson intended. It seems an awfully depressing future, full of futility and hubris, but I got it, and I think the book would work for people who like reading that sort of thing.
it's a good premise, anyway: When Earth is about to be hit by an asteroid, a group of scientists build a base on the Moon with clones of everything, including themselves. 2. Clones go to earth.
When a giant meteor crashes into the Earth and destroys all life, the small group of human survivors manages to leave the barren planet and establish a new home on the moon. With Terraforming Earth however, one does feel that it has a certain quality to it, and for once, one has no qualms about its inclusion on the nomination list. Some time in our near future, Duncan Yare, obsessed with the idea of a global extinction event caused by meteor impact, sets up a station on the moon, in the event of such a catastrophe. The station, in the rim of the Tycho crater, is staffed by robots and run by a master computer. Yares plan is that a small number of the team are cloned periodically to check on the status of the Earth which appeared to have been sterilised by the impact.
Cosas que me disgustaron: (view spoiler)la historia de amor que hace que empaticen con los personajes al final está ahí para nada; segundo, los baches en el argumento que suceden cada vez que un par de clones deja la Luna pero sus compañeros quedan atrás, podría habernos informado de algo más pero no lo hace y quedamos tan incomunicados como los dichosos clones.
But I think one of the drawbacks to being fast paced was that there were several chapters where I wanted more information-- to dwell on the story more. And I think that's why I had to give it a 3 star review: there were so many opportunities for Mr. Williamson to explore the humanity side to this story and instead it seemed like the story was just meant to be fast paced and hard science fiction....
I totally fell in love. Most are great as long as you can get past that arrogant male hero thing that most old books from the 40's/50's have-the storylines are 100% awesome.
"Terraforming Earth" by Jack Williamson is a well-imagined book telling a potential future after earth is hit by a devastating meteor. On the positive side this technique allows Williamson to describe many possible reincarnations of Earth with various life forms, environmental patterns, and civilizations.