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For many billions of years, humans—having conquered the curse of aging—spread throughout the entire Milky Way. They are able to live all their dreams, but to their great disappointment, no other intelligent species has ever been encountered. Now, humanity itself is on the brink of extinction because the universe is dying a protracted yet inevitable death. They have only on For many billions of years, humans—having conquered the curse of aging—spread throughout the entire Milky Way. They are able to live all their dreams, but to their great disappointment, no other intelligent species has ever been encountered. Now, humanity itself is on the brink of extinction because the universe is dying a protracted yet inevitable death. They have only one hope: The ‘Rescue Project’ was designed to feed the black hole in the center of the galaxy until it becomes a quasar, delivering much-needed energy to humankind during its last breaths. But then something happens that no one ever expected—and humanity is forced to look at itself and its existence in an entirely new way. Hard Science Fiction.


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For many billions of years, humans—having conquered the curse of aging—spread throughout the entire Milky Way. They are able to live all their dreams, but to their great disappointment, no other intelligent species has ever been encountered. Now, humanity itself is on the brink of extinction because the universe is dying a protracted yet inevitable death. They have only on For many billions of years, humans—having conquered the curse of aging—spread throughout the entire Milky Way. They are able to live all their dreams, but to their great disappointment, no other intelligent species has ever been encountered. Now, humanity itself is on the brink of extinction because the universe is dying a protracted yet inevitable death. They have only one hope: The ‘Rescue Project’ was designed to feed the black hole in the center of the galaxy until it becomes a quasar, delivering much-needed energy to humankind during its last breaths. But then something happens that no one ever expected—and humanity is forced to look at itself and its existence in an entirely new way. Hard Science Fiction.

30 review for The Death of the Universe: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    reherrma

    Mit diesem Roman liefert Brandon Q. Morris einen, für ihn, ungewöhnlichen Roman ab, ich weiß gar nicht, ob man ihn wirklich als Hard Science Roman bezeichnen kann, dafür ist die Handlung und auch die wissenschaftliche Welt des Romans zu spekulativ, um wirklich als ernsthafter Beitrag zur Hard Science wahrgenommen zu werden. Die Menschheit ist unsterblich geworden und hat sich im All ausgebreitet, völlig alleine, denn andere vernunftbegabte Spezies wurden nicht entdeckt. Die Handlung spielt sich ü Mit diesem Roman liefert Brandon Q. Morris einen, für ihn, ungewöhnlichen Roman ab, ich weiß gar nicht, ob man ihn wirklich als Hard Science Roman bezeichnen kann, dafür ist die Handlung und auch die wissenschaftliche Welt des Romans zu spekulativ, um wirklich als ernsthafter Beitrag zur Hard Science wahrgenommen zu werden. Die Menschheit ist unsterblich geworden und hat sich im All ausgebreitet, völlig alleine, denn andere vernunftbegabte Spezies wurden nicht entdeckt. Die Handlung spielt sich über Jahrmilliarden ab, die Erde und unsere Sonne sind längst vergangen, Jahrmilliarden nach dem Untergang der Erde streifen die letzten Menschen durchs All und versuchen Ihre Unsterblichkeit bis ins Unendliche auszudehnen. Witzigerweise tragen die Protagonisten des Romans Namen berühmter Persönlichkeiten des letzten Jahrtausends. Der Hauptprotagonist ist Johannes Kepler, der mit Wang Zhenyi verhindern will, dass die Menschheit ihr letztes, großes Projekt durchzieht, nämlich die Verwandlung von Sagittarius A* (dem supermassiven schwarzen Loch im Zentrum der Milchstraße) in einen Quasar, um damit Energie für das Überleben zu gewinnen (!!!). Beide wollen das verhindern, weil sie eine vernunftbegabte Spezies entdeckt haben (intelligente Gräser), die ansonsten durch den Quasar umkommen würden. Doch Pierre & Marie Curie, die sich beide einen Körper teilen, sind noch fieser, sie wollen durch einen massiven Masseeinwurf ins Schwarze Loch noch weitergehen, dadurch erhoffen sie sich den Collaps des gesamten Universums.... Wie gesagt, die Handlung ist absurd; aber irgendwie doch interessant. Sie zieht sich durch gigantische Zeiträume, Millionen- und Milliarden von Jahre sind überhaupt kein Problem, die Menschen machen sich neue Körper, wenn der alte dahin ist, wenn man das so liest, hat man das Gefühl, dass jeder jeden kennt und das Wort Unmöglich gibt es nicht. Wenn was physikalisch nicht passt, wird es passend gemacht, damit wird jede ernsthafte Auseinandersetzung mit den neuesten Erkenntnissen der Kosmologie ad Adsurdum geführt. Immerhin zeigt sein wissenschaftlicher Anhang am Schluss des Romans "Die neue Biografie des Universums" dass der Autor Ahnung von der Materie hat und sein wissen kompetent rüberbringt. Manchmal, in seinen besten Momenten, hat mich der Roman an Alastair Reynolds "Das Haus der Sonne" erinnert, genauso einsam ziehen die Protagonisten bei Brandon Q. Morris durchs All. Dass Johannes Kepler wie ein 15jähriger hinter einer Traumfrau wie Wang Zhenyi hinterher ist, geschenkt... Ich hatte Spaß am Lesen, allerdings kann ich den Inhalt nicht recht ernstnehmen... Dass es noch einen 2. Teil gibt, habe ich erst zum Schluß wahrgenommen, ob ich den noch lese, muß ich mir noch schwer überlegen...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Villepique

    I'll start with the good stuff. I like that author tried his best to keep to astrophysics without any distortion as the knowledge was during the time of book writing. It is also neat that he named the love interest of the main character by not well known Chinese scientists. It was also nice to have an alien who was completely different than humans. What I did not like was that the main villain was named by Marie and Piere Currie. Personally I thought that was spiting on the memory of two quite g I'll start with the good stuff. I like that author tried his best to keep to astrophysics without any distortion as the knowledge was during the time of book writing. It is also neat that he named the love interest of the main character by not well known Chinese scientists. It was also nice to have an alien who was completely different than humans. What I did not like was that the main villain was named by Marie and Piere Currie. Personally I thought that was spiting on the memory of two quite groundbreaking scientists. Marie is the only scientist ever to receive 2 Nobel prices, and Piere is an amazing human for going against the prevalent social norms and refusing to receive Nobel prize without his wife being included. Naming a mentally disturbed character after them was really not nice. Worse is that only female character in the book of any importance was also declared mentally unstable and apparently got that way because she broke off with her boyfriend who happens to be the main character. Those two story premises really ruined the whole book for me. From storytelling point of view, there were few annoying holes. First, an explanation of why the dead scientists are the main character was too late in the book. I was jolted out of the story each time I would bump into the name of long-dead scientists. I also did not like how the author plotted the end. it seems rushed, predictable, and borderline magical.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Noah King

    The story itself was decent enough. But what I really didn't like about this was how much felt like a commercial for the author. It's very branded. I couldn't figure out why "Hard Science Fiction" was part of the title of this book, so I did a little digging... Hard Science Fiction is this author's website / sales portal, and he adds that subtitle to the names of ALL his books. And he has lots of other books/series. You can read all about them at the end of this book, along with links for purcha The story itself was decent enough. But what I really didn't like about this was how much felt like a commercial for the author. It's very branded. I couldn't figure out why "Hard Science Fiction" was part of the title of this book, so I did a little digging... Hard Science Fiction is this author's website / sales portal, and he adds that subtitle to the names of ALL his books. And he has lots of other books/series. You can read all about them at the end of this book, along with links for purchasing them. I get it. He's an author, and he's gotta promote his stuff. But I'm much more likely to buy more from an author if I love their work, and not just because they throw a bunch of purchase links at me. That said, I am going to read the free chapter of Book 2 that he added at the end. If I like it, he's given me a link right there to buy it. =)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donaara Tellara

    EDIT - offenbar hat goodreads hier Teil Eins und Zwei verknüpft. Ok, insgesamt vergebe ich natürlich die Bestnote. Wunderbare Geschichte, die sich von der Hard SF etwas entfernt Mit diesem Buch und dem Nachfolger "Geisterreich" entfernt sich Morris ein wenig vom Kern der Hard SF. Und bewegt sich in Richtung Geschichtenerzähler, Dramaturg, Betrachter menschlicher Interaktion und vor allem liebenswerter Charaktere. Das mag für die Hardcore Fans seiner alten Werke etwas ungewöhnlich sein, aber auch di EDIT - offenbar hat goodreads hier Teil Eins und Zwei verknüpft. Ok, insgesamt vergebe ich natürlich die Bestnote. Wunderbare Geschichte, die sich von der Hard SF etwas entfernt Mit diesem Buch und dem Nachfolger "Geisterreich" entfernt sich Morris ein wenig vom Kern der Hard SF. Und bewegt sich in Richtung Geschichtenerzähler, Dramaturg, Betrachter menschlicher Interaktion und vor allem liebenswerter Charaktere. Das mag für die Hardcore Fans seiner alten Werke etwas ungewöhnlich sein, aber auch diese sollten dem Untergang des Universums, samt dem noch besseren Nachfolger, eine Chance geben. Es ist nämlich wirklich wunderbar geschrieben, zum mitfiebern und mitleiden mit den exzellent ausgearbeiteten Protagonisten. Vier Sterne für den ersten Teil, da der Nachfolger noch einmal deutlich steigert.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Let me just preface this review by saying I’m no literary expert. However, I have been an avid fan of hard science fiction for decades read just about any sci-fi book I can get my hands on. After having exhausted all other sci-fi book series, I decided to give this one a try. While the plot and premise were intriguing, I found the writing style a bit lazy and the characters completely two-dimensional. For me, the main character’s incessant pining after his love interest was really off-putting. A Let me just preface this review by saying I’m no literary expert. However, I have been an avid fan of hard science fiction for decades read just about any sci-fi book I can get my hands on. After having exhausted all other sci-fi book series, I decided to give this one a try. While the plot and premise were intriguing, I found the writing style a bit lazy and the characters completely two-dimensional. For me, the main character’s incessant pining after his love interest was really off-putting. Also, I listened to the audiobook version of this one and almost quit listening after the first 5 minutes because the narrator’s voice/reading style really grated on my nerves. It had potential to be a really great book but just fell flat in my opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Riki

    Great read with Google at the ready Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent , plausible ( you know what I mean) and mind exercising in the best way. Recommend to those who have an interest and a bit of knowledge of how the universe works and the types of objects that are out there. Googling helped a lot and didn't disrupt the story in fact it enhanced it and made the whole book more enjoyabe. It's suspenseful and well crafted. It's cliche but I couldn't put it down Great read with Google at the ready Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Excellent , plausible ( you know what I mean) and mind exercising in the best way. Recommend to those who have an interest and a bit of knowledge of how the universe works and the types of objects that are out there. Googling helped a lot and didn't disrupt the story in fact it enhanced it and made the whole book more enjoyabe. It's suspenseful and well crafted. It's cliche but I couldn't put it down

  7. 5 out of 5

    Thorkil Poulsen

    Good idea and well ‘spread out’ the consequences of humans living forever. A big complain is that in the dialogue I repeatedly can’t figure out who is talking. Many places four people are talking, and a number of times there are 2-3 possibilities. Somehow you ought to write so this is clear. Have read the first two of this trilogy and is eager to the third. ( As with other of Morris’ novels there is no indications of how they figured out there course to next place in space )

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    This was a REALLY cool book. It's definitely a bit unconventional to think of humans the way they were portrayed in the FAR FAR future, but it was completely workable. In fact, how can we even picture what any remaining humanity would be like so far ahead in time? Travel that takes megacycles, technology that can create stars and move solar systems... it's an amazing story and worth your time. I started out with a few doubts and ended this book completely in love! This was a REALLY cool book. It's definitely a bit unconventional to think of humans the way they were portrayed in the FAR FAR future, but it was completely workable. In fact, how can we even picture what any remaining humanity would be like so far ahead in time? Travel that takes megacycles, technology that can create stars and move solar systems... it's an amazing story and worth your time. I started out with a few doubts and ended this book completely in love!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Steve Timpson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was ok. I would think that a civilization that is now a 100+ billion years old would be more advanced. It was somewhat disappointing when you find out why the bad guys are doing what they are doing

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Samec

    Way out thinking for me. But could it be true? This book was like a Sci-Fi. Way beyond my ability to wonder. But also, food for thought. Could humans some day live on other planets, much less, move them?

  11. 5 out of 5

    David

    3.5*

  12. 5 out of 5

    Garry Whitmore

    Some very interesting concepts regarding a very far future humanity and their development

  13. 5 out of 5

    jdr

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brian Herbst

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Heissenberger

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karlheinz Agsteiner

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ben Varela

  18. 4 out of 5

    alfredo c. moreno

  19. 4 out of 5

    SHIJU THOMAS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Edward

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary Sinnott

  22. 5 out of 5

    meta brandl

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katrin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Douglas A.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Smith

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roman Zotter

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terry

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  30. 4 out of 5

    Upendra Pande

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