Galileo's Dream

Galileo's Dream

Book - 2010
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The winner of every major science fiction award, Kim Stanley Robinson is a novelist who looks ahead with optimism even while acknowledging the steep challenges facing our planet and species: a clear-eyed realist who has not forgotten how to dream. His new novel offers his most audacious dream yet. At the heart of a brilliant narrative that stretches from Renaissance Italy to the moons of Jupiter is one man, the father of modern science: Galileo Galilei. To the inhabitants of the Jovian moons, Galileo is a revered figure whose actions will influence the subsequent history of the human race. From the summit of their distant future, a charismatic renegade named Ganymede travels to the past to bring Galileo forward in an attempt to alter history and ensure the ascendancy of science over religion. And if that means Galileo must be burned at the stake, so be it. Yet between his brief and jarring visitations to this future, Galileo must struggle against the ignorance and superstition of his own time. And it is here that Robinson is at his most brilliant, showing Galileo in all his contradictions and complexity. Robinson's Galileo is a tour de force of imaginative and historical empathy: the shining center around which the novel revolves. From Galileo's heresy trial to the politics of far-future Jupiter, from the canals of Venice to frozen, mysterious Europa, Robinson illuminates the parallels between a distant past and an even more remote future-in the process celebrating the human spirit and calling into question the convenient truths of our own moment in time.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553806595
Branch Call Number: ScF Robi
Characteristics: 527p

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riscamj
Mar 04, 2015

i'm afraid i just couldn't say i liked this one - i Tried to like it - the time period and subject should have been very interesting but i gave up after a 1/2 dozen chapters...travelling to Saturn and the moons - meh.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 20, 2014

Robinson's latest could have used some editing--too much repetition and re-working of the same material. Nevertheless, this is a very engaging history/fantasy that delves into Galileo's life and discoveries and explores expansive concepts of space and time.

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gstark123
May 02, 2012

One of the best SF books I have *ever* read and I started with the Golden Age - Asimov/Clark/Sturgeon/et al 50 years ago.

It's also one of the best books of any sort I've read recently.

It is a top drawer fictional biography of Galileo, a bit of a futuristic thriller, and it offers one of the best popularizations of the philosophy of science and the scientific method I've seen.

As is the norm for this author, a college level class could use the text as a springboard for an entire season of discussion and study.

Oh! Did I mention that it is a gripping yarn?

I give it my highest recommendation.

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dmals
Oct 30, 2010

While the vision of our far advanced future is intriguing, the real reason to read this playful tale of an anachronistic soul is it's, no doubt well researched, look into the mind and personality of the great Galileo. A delightful suspense is created out of long dead history by Robinson. Ive read others of his work by this one has got to be my best pick of his work.

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