Gods Themselves, The by Isaac Asimov(40 ratings)
|Title||Gods Themselves, The|
|Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org |
Okay, after reading the book, interpreting the feedback, and comparing summaries with other writers I have come to formulate my speculation and reception of this controversial book. First I must point out that I analyzed this book from a literary point of view rather than science fiction which is why most people don't see what I saw in this book. I also disregard his other works and base all my OPINIONS on this book alone. This therefore is not fact but my synopsis.
|Submitted by Archren |
The theme of this book could hardly be more obvious. If you string together the titles of the three sections that make up the novel, you get the quote: “Against stupidity, the Gods themselves contend in vain.” No one ever accused Isaac Asimov of being subtle. Indeed, the overall story is one of science triumphing over the problems caused by science. At its core is a statement of faith in the future of science and mankind.
|Submitted by Shehzad Rehman |
Asimov considered this one of his finest works, and its easy to see why. Not only does it contain an insightful, thought-provoking plot, an unusual writing pattern, and some of the best portrayal of aliens that I have ever had the pleasure of reading, it has one of the most unusual heroines in SF- Dua. Asimov was greatly praised in this book for taking on sexual themes as well as aliens, topics which were considered his major weaknesses. Not only does he pull it off, but he pulls it off brilliantly. Read it, to know all about one of the great SF books of all time. Asimov rarely wrote about aliens and was rather prudish when dealing with sexual matters. In this book he tackles both and does a great job. The alternate-universe section seems at once exotic, yet grounded in enough familiarity for the reader to empathize with the central character. The first section, written in an unorthodox manner, is engaging and skilfully builds the story. The concluding section, probably weaker than the other two, nonetheless remains a very fine piece of work and brings the book to a satisfying conclusion. A true masterpiece of creative skill, and a book which is not afraid to make a bold statement, no true SF fan should pass this one by. "Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain." --Schiller