海伯利安

(当人类决战机器人)

平装, 224 pages

Published Aug. 31, 2012 by 江苏文艺出版社.

ISBN:
9787539955025
4 stars (29 reviews)

当机器人产生了自我意识,它会成为人类的仆人、朋友还是敌人? 1921年,捷克作家恰佩克由捷克文的“劳役、苦工”(Robota)创造出了一个新词,“机器人”(Robot),人类从此有了“机器人”这个概念。 1939年,纽约世博会上展出了第一台家用机器人,它由电缆控制,可以行走,会说77个字,甚至会抽烟,但并不具备实际功能; 1942年,科幻宗师阿西莫夫提出了“机器人学三大法则”,学术界自此有了默认的研发原则; 1954年,美国人德沃尔制造出第一台可编程机器人,从此,各种机器人被制造出来服务人类; 2012年,机器人不仅已成为搬运货物、打扫卫生的苦力,更是老人的看护、孩童的玩伴,在人类世界的各个角落发挥着重要的作用;

2030年,人类一如既往地享受着机器人的服务,却不料,这些被赋予了智能、有了自主意识的机器人正在暗中谋划一起巨大的阴谋; 23世纪,人造黑洞吞噬了地球,人类被迫流亡宇宙; 25世纪,机器杀手穿越时空而来,大开杀戒,屠戮了一整座城市; 27世纪,大战来临,人类在智能远高于自己的机器敌人面前,不堪一击,已到了生死存亡的关头。 决战前夜,7名人类来到了前线,一个名叫海伯利安的星球。他们决定直面残酷的机械杀手伯劳,解开自身命运之谜并拯救全人类。 终有一天,机器的智能会远远超过人类,翻开本书,去看看那天,会发生些什么……

9 editions

Review of 'Hyperion' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

Joe Valdez (a reviewer here on Goodreads) summaries my take on this book well with a single point: "[Dan Simmons'] great thinkers are not my great thinkers".



I just couldn't get into any of it. The stories weren't poorly written, they just weren't engaging at all. References to other real world authors and works that I've either read and felt were lackluster in their own right, or others that I have not yet read but certainly don't have high on my priority; continuously bombard the reader throughout. There were at least two novel things that I haven't much come across in a sci-fi novel before: heavy religious tones and poetry. Turns out this is also an unabridged list of things I don't enjoy in a sci-fi novel. Either that or I just don't tend to jive with Simmons' writing (this is the first of his work I have read).



Temporal …

Review of 'Hyperion' on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

Loved this story, it's universe, and the multi-narrator format. Very disappointing ending. I might decide it worthwhile to read the next one. This felt more like a bundle of X (don't want to spoil anything) disparate novellas. All really good on their own.



I just read Dune for the first time, a couple weeks before this. Strangely, even though it's twice the length (and I enjoyed both books), Dune took me like a third the time to read.

Review of 'Hyperion' on Goodreads

4 stars

Great shape and pace uncovering what our characters live for and are willing to die for as they tell their stories on a pilgrimage beyond their control. Somewhat marred by adolescent martial and marital themes, though not entirely out of place. Structure allows a lot of varied exploration of this humanity-descended space civilization's internal conflicts and contradictions.

Review of 'Hyperion' on Goodreads

5 stars

1) ''Fedmahn Kassad had grown up in a culture of poverty and sudden death. As a member of the minority who still called themselves Palestinians, he and his family had lived in the slums of Tharsis, human testimony to the bitter legacy of the terminally dispossessed. Every Palestinian in the Worldweb and beyond carried the cultural memory of a century of struggle capped by a month of nationalist triumph before the Nuclear Jihad of 2038 wiped it all away. Then came their second Diaspora, this one lasting five centuries and leading to dead-end desert worlds like Mars, their dream buried with the death of Old Earth.''



2) ''In the beginning was the Word. Then came the fucking word processor. Then came the thought processor. Then came the death of literature. And so it goes.''



3)''And after the good-night story, and the lullaby, and the good-night kiss, sure that she was …

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