Labirinto

Labirinto It is the future technology is advanced lives are long and the galaxy has been partially colonised by humans Linking the disparate human worlds together are diplomats and agents who travel the star

  • Title: Labirinto
  • Author: Robert Silverberg Maria de Lourdes Medeiros
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • It is the future, technology is advanced, lives are long, and the galaxy has been partially colonised by humans Linking the disparate human worlds together are diplomats and agents who travel the starways One of these men is Richard Muller, and now he has the greatest opportunity of his career.Humans at long last have met an intelligent alien species Muller is sent to mIt is the future, technology is advanced, lives are long, and the galaxy has been partially colonised by humans Linking the disparate human worlds together are diplomats and agents who travel the starways One of these men is Richard Muller, and now he has the greatest opportunity of his career.Humans at long last have met an intelligent alien species Muller is sent to make initial contact, but the mission does not go well Muller is cursed by the aliens His brain is modified so that his subconscious thoughts radiate from his mind This makes his presence unbearable to humans Embittered, he choses to live out his life in an abandoned city of murderous mazes on a long dead planet.For decades Muller is left alone, but suddenly he is needed again Humans have made contact with a second and even dangerous species, one seemingly bent on destroying humanity The only hope is Muller His brain can broadcast the thoughts that might convince the aliens that humans are sentient and their equals.A team from Earth make a perilous entry into the maze, confront Muller, and convince him to come to the aid of his former colleagues.

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    1. fuck the world and fuck the people in it. right? fuck 'em. you spend your life trying to do things, accomplish things, putting yourself out there. do people even remember those things? does the universe even care? you are just a cog in the great world-machine that doesn't even want to know you, that doesn't recognize the things you've done. who could ever want you, you are a useless part now that you are you have many accomplishments, many great deeds. so why was that done to you, why are your i [...]

    2. I’ve said it before and here see it demonstrated excellently again – science fiction is best when it works as a metaphor.The Man in the Maze, Robert Silverberg’s 1968 publication, is a psychological study about an ancient alien world and alien technology, mysterious and incomprehensible, reminiscent of Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and also similar to Bradbury’s There Will Come Soft Rains, as a dead planet is kept functioning by unfathomable extraterrestrial machinery.I think Silverber [...]

    3. In one of Robert Silverberg's novels from 1967, "Thorns," the future sci-fi Grand Master presented his readers with one of his most unfortunate characters, Minner Burris. An intrepid space explorer, Burris had been captured by the residents of the planet Manipool, surgically altered and then released. Upon his return to Earth, Burris was grotesque to behold, resulting in one very withdrawn, depressed, reclusive and psychologically warped individual indeed. And a year later, in the author's even [...]

    4. I pulled this sci-fi novel from the depths of my bookshelves, looking for the magic that existed in the writings of the masters of the genre. In so many science fiction books of the 50's and 60's, writers like Isaac Asimov, Clifford D. Simak, and Robert Heinlein concentrated on the ideas, the aspects of mankind progressing out of their own microcosm here and out to the universe. Once in the stars, most sci-fi writers found that the universal themes they thought about were also at the very core o [...]

    5. When I reviewed the absolutely excellent book, The American, I mentioned that one of my favorite words is Sonder, which is defined as:the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, [...]

    6. Phenomenal novel , like all the others I've read by Silverberg . Like his other ones, it can be read at different levels and it has a depth that - judging by the other reviews here - is often ignored or not understood. The Philoctetes, a tragedy written by Sophocles, is the inspiration for this story. The human condition , the fragility of trust and the pain of betrayal , the withdrawal into oneself, our psychological defenses , all these issues are dealt with in the novel. Just like Philoctecte [...]

    7. Absolutely fascinating setting - an extinct alien race apparently grew more an more paranoid and built a maze around their city with each outward circle becoming more and more lethal. Potentially interesting protagonist - a man who became an inverse telepath (constantly broadcasting his feelings, particularly his base impulses/pyschosis/etc to those nearby) and repulsing everyone around him so that he feels driven to isolate himself in the middle of the alien maze. However, I didn't find the sto [...]

    8. This is now my third R.Silverberg book and it is another fantastic 5-star read. Only one other author has so profoundly moved me like thisd that is A.C.Clarke. I highly recommend this book! At approximately 200 pages, it's a whole lotta bang for the buck. And for a proper reviewfer to a spot-on GR review by "Denzil". Next is Shadrach in the Furnace.

    9. Lento, aburrido y muy machista. Sí, la idea de fondo no está mal, aunque un tanto de los setenta ((view spoiler)[hombre solitario que desprecia la humanidad pero cuyo honor se impone a su desprecio para salvar la Tierra una vez más (hide spoiler)]), pero en un relato se hubiera desarrollado igual de bien.No profundiza mucho en la idea, los personajes son acartonados y hay poco desarrollo. Por no hablar de las frecuentes descripciones de senos, nalgas y folleteos, lo único para lo que aparece [...]

    10. "Muller conosceva bene il labirinto, ormai. Sapeva tutto delle sue insidie e dei suoi miraggi, dei trabocchetti e delle trappole mortali. Viveva al suo interno da nove anni. Un tempo sufficiente a trovare un modus vivendi con quel luogo, anche se non con la circostanza che lo aveva costretto a rifugiarvisi."Questo è uno di quei libri per cui ti fa troppo male dover usare l'etichetta sci-fi, perché è un autentico capolavoro della letteratura contemporanea. Nemmeno il più brillante romanzo di [...]

    11. I have very conflicting thoughts about this book. It's one of those that you love to hate, bc it's just so good at being bad. I feel like this book is a beautiful painting underneath that has been grotesquely defaced and damaged. It had the potential to be a wonderful story, brilliantly written; but it has all these nasty little marks on it that rob its beauty. One little sentence here and there that sticks out ugly and deformed. One of the main questions of the book is, "Is humanity basically g [...]

    12. Aside from the blatant sexism infused throughout this novel, I really really enjoyed the main plot of the story and the three men both in the literal physical maze, as well as their own internal "mazes" of both emotional, psychological and moral design. In the newer edition that I read, Neil Gaiman has written an introduction which does allude to the sexism/objectification of women though not with as much of a warning as I would have liked. There simply is no excuse for this theme both to the ex [...]

    13. In retrospect, I'm willing to overlook the sexism, (Silverberg's character's are often ridiculously sexist) because the book is simply that good.The hero, a man who chooses to act as diplomat to an alien race, is changed by them into something they can tolerate. Unfortunately, other humans, in particular his lover, are now revolted by his proximity; he literally makes her skin crawl. In anguish he retreats to The Maze.Not a bad punishment for a chauvinistic SOB, don't you think?

    14. 8/10 el el 2002. El libro es del 69, con todas las paranoias que le pasaban por la cabeza a nuestros amigos americanos en esa época.

    15. This is pretty good -- though there remains something pulpish about the writing. Still, Silverberg has finally shown me how to start to read Sci-fi.

    16. Flawed, dated, still intriguing.See also:The Stars My DestinationThe SparrowThe Gap Into Conflict: The Real Story

    17. So, the concept is fantastic. That's the good part. The bad part is this was first published in 1969 & OH MY GOD IT'S SEXIST. Women in the book truly exist ONLY as sexual objects, & at one point the main character LITERALLY describes a woman as he would a cut of meat. It should be only a cliche but it's right there in the text. I know it's basically sacrilege, but this could benefit, I think, from a rewrite, or a "reimagining". Take the sexual objectification out, you've got a good story [...]

    18. This was so much better than I expected it to be. There was action, deception, emotional baggage and feels, all the feels. I loved Muller's character and everything about him. Sure, he isn't the most likeable guy at times, but he isn't a bad one. I love his 'let them die trying' mentality and anger at the world. And hey, he has every right to be angry! But, at the same time, his isolation was all his doing. But that's what makes him a good guy: he couldn't stand making people so sick around him. [...]

    19. After a nine-year self-imposed exile to an alien planet, Richard Muller is called upon to be the saviour of humanity. However, there's one problem: he has come to despise the human race for their past treatment of him, and he feels he owes nothing to anyone. On an ancient labyrinthine planet named Lemnos, Muller is alone aside from the native beasts which he hunts for sustenance. He has come here because, due to an alien operation which happened during a past intergalactic mission, he can't help [...]

    20. One year I went to a book friend of mine's bookstore in Berkeley, CA because Robert and his wife, Karen, were going to be there. So I'm standing there in line, it's my turn and I said to him, 'one of my favourite books of yours is about this man in a maze, but I can't remember the title of the book.' Robert smiles at me and puts his finger on top of this book. So, of course, I bought another copy so he could autograph it.Several weeks later, my boss and I were at a museum opening at the de Young [...]

    21. I grabbed this book off a shelf at the library they were selling for like 10 cents. I decided to give it a chance one night when I had nothing else to read. The book is actually pretty good. The plot is interesting, and the story is driven from the viewpoint of three men who are very well fleshed out. Call me old fashioned, but I could have done without the scenes of sex. Actually there really was no sex, but he continually leads you up to the scenes and describes women as simply a way for men t [...]

    22. I would have read this novel first, in the early 70s, when at HS. It was powerful, compelling, and entertaining.Great story, complex, varied, clever use of advanced tech, cleverly created galactic political structure. Also complex and tortured characters. Lots of sex, which appealed to me at a young and impressionable age. I have re-read this a number of times over the decades, and I am sure that I will a few more in the future.The sexism of the novel seems to have aggravated a few people, I sup [...]

    23. This was the book that really got me reading, not only Science Fiction but reading in general. It was a borrowed book from my orthodontist's office, but I've read it many times since. Four stars for the book, but five stars for the experiences that it started me on. I still love reading it.

    24. Now among my favorite SF novels, this is a study in alienation, despair, ambition, physical perfection, ideals (both shattered and intact) and the human condition. Oh, and there's a maze. Gotta love a book with a maze.

    25. I've been looking for this book on for ages, I couldn't remember its title for the life of me. It is the best Science Fiction book I've read

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