Children of the Comet

Children of the Comet From the visionary author of The Genesis Quest a wildly imaginative Greg Bear science fiction novel about a young man s struggle for survival on a comet made of ice In Donald Moffitt s brilliant cosm

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  • Title: Children of the Comet
  • Author: Donald Moffitt
  • ISBN: 9781497682948
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the visionary author of The Genesis Quest, a wildly imaginative Greg Bear science fiction novel about a young man s struggle for survival on a comet made of ice In Donald Moffitt s brilliant cosmic adventure, Torris, son of the Facemaker, knows only his small community at the base of the great Tree on a comet with almost no gravity or atmosphere Torris s daily sFrom the visionary author of The Genesis Quest, a wildly imaginative Greg Bear science fiction novel about a young man s struggle for survival on a comet made of ice In Donald Moffitt s brilliant cosmic adventure, Torris, son of the Facemaker, knows only his small community at the base of the great Tree on a comet with almost no gravity or atmosphere Torris s daily struggle for survival includes harvesting frozen air to keep breathing, dodging flutterbeasts, and hunting meatbeasts for food When the time comes to make his vision quest to the top of the Tree, Torris is completely unprepared for what he finds a thieving and hostile fellow quester Ning, a female hunter in search of food to save her family on a neighboring comet and humans from a massive starship that has spent billions of years crossing the galaxy from Earth s solar system Perfect for fans of Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven, and Peter F Hamilton, Children of the Comet is an enthralling space odyssey about a young man grappling with unexpected cultural differences and learning to adapt in the face of an uncertain and rapidly changing fantastical future.

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    1. 3 stars - Metaphorosis ReviewsHumans left the crowded environs of Earth to travel at near-light speed to other galaxies. On arrival billions of external years later, some want to go back, though the journey itself poses problems. Back at Earth, a civilization has developed among gigantic comet-fed trees.I remember reading Donald Moffitt's The Jupiter Theft, back in the '70s, and his Genesis Quest books in the '80s. I liked the former, and thought the latter were okay. When I saw this latest book [...]

    2. I was completely blown away by Children of the Comet. I'm not really into Sci-Fi in a classical sense, so I had pretty low expectations. Donald Moffitt did a wonderful job when it comes to world building and character development and so I was able to resonate with pretty much all the characters in the novel.I won't go into the synopsis, as the description is available on a variety of websites, ranging from NetGalley to . All I want to say is that this is a well-written Sci-Fi novel that absolute [...]

    3. Though I initially enjoyed this unusual take on the sci-fi genre it was not able to hold my attention, so I am regretfully marking it as did not finish. I loved the world on the comets, it was very unique, and if it had been the sole focus I might have been able to stick with the story the whole way through. Unfortunately for me the political element on the advanced space ship was just too different in style, I felt like I was reading two different books at once and the change of perspective was [...]

    4. 4/5Out there space means time.This book was a little treat for me in the sense that is a small collection of ideas that stir up another string of ideas of my own. The writer tries to pull out of his magic hat both a macrocosmic polico-social plot and a clash of microcosmic cultures, with a take at evolution and human condition. Sounds fancy, isn't it? Not really. Concerning the first part, I liked the sci-fi idea of light speed traveling while breaking the time rules: great distance exchanged fo [...]

    5. koeur.wordpress/2015/06/2Publisher: Open RoadPublishing Date: October 2015ISBN: 9781497678460Genre: SciFiRating: 3.2/5Publisher Description:In this brand-new cosmic adventure by the author of The Genesis Quest and The Jupiter Theft, Torris, son of the Facemaker, knows only his small community at the base of the great Tree on a comet with almost no gravity or atmosphere. Torris’s daily struggle for survival includes harvesting frozen air to keep breathing, dodging flutterbeasts, and hunting mea [...]

    6. It was an exhausting but fantastic read. The scientific theories that produced the plot's time-travel theme were fascinating.My favorite part of the book is when the two forms of humans meet. One form has been traveling in what amounts to a time capsule and is therefore unchanged from our current physical form. The other form has evolved through living in an almost gravity free, airless and heatless environment. But they haven't evolved so far as to not be recognisably human. They have, however, [...]

    7. Children of the Comet by Donald Moffit is a highly recommended science fiction story set six billion years in the future.This novel covers two different sets of human until they meet. The first group has been colonizing a tree growing on a comet in the The Oort Cloud and is now a primitive society who have adapted to life on their tree/comet. Torris is a young man who must climb the Great Tree on his dream/vision quest.The second set of humans is on a space ship colonizing the solar system after [...]

    8. I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.Torris is part of a small community that lives at the base of a huge tree on a comet floating through space. He must journey up the tree on a quest to receive a vision and become a man, and it’s there he meets a female, Ning, from a neighboring tree. She is hunting for food to save her family and Torris is s [...]

    9. The story opens with Torris, a young man of a Neolithic-level tribe living in a giant tree on a comet in the Oort Cloud, about to undergo his tribe's rite of passage. I didn't initially find this encouraging; how many previous books have I read featuring humans in the far future reverted to primitivism in unlikely settings? It was well done, however, and I kept reading.And that was a good thing, as I discovered the starship Time's Beginning, in orbit around a planet named Rebirth, in a distant g [...]

    10. “Children of the Comet” eBook was published 2015 and was written by Donald Moffitt (donaldmoffitt/). Mr. Moffitt has written more than 20 novels. I received a galley of this novel for review through netgalley. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future. Earth has been consumed by an expanding sun. Humanity has spread throughout the universe. Some of those who left to spread humanity through out the stars [...]

    11. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.If you would like to see this review with all the images as indicated in the text, you can see them at sharonsloveofbooks/___________________________________________CHILDREN OF THE COMET I hung on every word he spoke. Suddenly, so suddenly I hardly realized it, maybe like being unable to sleep and suddenly you find it is morning and you open your surprised eyes to greet the day. Maybe like working on your computer for a little while drafting a few e-mails, or letter [...]

    12. Well, this is interesting. This is a science fiction first-contact novel. The first contact is between humans and.ns. It begins in the year 6,000,000,000 AD when a branch of humankind has colonized trees seeded on comets in the Oort cloud. The trees grow hundreds of miles tall and have their own ecosystems. The other branch of humanity left Earth shortly after our own time and has been traveling on ships that reach almost the speed of light, causing time dilation, so the passengers age much more [...]

    13. While well written, the "science" in this book is a bit of a stretch and the drama more of a "soap" than a "space" opera.

    14. At the beginning of this book -- when space traveling humans had digressed back to primitive living conditions on tree consumed comets, I thought the premise was just to great for my mind and I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy novel than a sci-fi novel. I almost decided to quit reading.I'm glad I didn't -- this book offered some very interesting sci-fi food for thought. Concepts of possible human conditions in the future that really got my mind worked up considering all the possibili [...]

    15. Six billion years in the future, Earth is uninhabitable, beneath the surface of the red giant sun. But life persists, in the outer reaches of the solar system, huge trees grow from comets, and people live there too, keeping air in hand-made suits. But things threaten to change when a ship arrives, a ship full of humans returning to see what home is like after a long, time-dilated trip to another galaxy.I received this book for free through a giveaway (although not through ). The book is one of t [...]

    16. 6,000,000,000 A.D.: what’s left of humanity lives in trees in outer space. Well, what’s left of humanity in the Milky Way. Soon, these tree dwellers will meet their ancestors, though. Billions of years earlier, humans began travelling faster than the speed of light to colonize other far-off worlds and there are those who want to return home, even if home may be as foreign as anywhere else by now. Time’s Beginning is the first ship to return to find these tall tree dwelling tribes. They are [...]

    17. Do you ever wonder what the future hold for the human race should we still exist when our sun eventually starts to die? 'Children of the Comet' by Donald Wolfitt is an imaginative look at one possible scenario.The novel begins billions of years into our future where humanity has been scattered across the universe and now inhabits comets on which grow giant trees which provide an ecosystem, home and point of worship. This is a primitive culture that has no technological knowledge, a deeply patria [...]

    18. Children of the Comet is an amalgamation of sci-fi for both newcomers and veterans of the genre alike. Not overwrought with fantastical concepts, yet flush with technical detail, there is a clash of both worlds not too dissimilar from the one taking place between the proverbial pages. It's a fascinating dichotomy that ultimately holds the story back from realizing it's full potential by not truly satisfying either party.Centered around the fate of two civilizations separated by time and space, C [...]

    19. Really interesting book. I liked it. Like much of the "hard sci fi" I've encountered, narrative structure and beautiful writing take a back page to an exploration of fascinating ideas and scenarios, thus the three stars. But the combination of those ideas/scenarios with at least a few characters I really cared about makes this well worth a read.At the outset I had the mistaken impression that this would be another in the mold of Hunger Games or Red Rising, with a young member of a tenuous societ [...]

    20. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Here's an interesting concept for a science fiction novel: two societies are featured, but the more primitive one is later in time than the technologically advanced one. How on earth did their technology devolve? Well, actually, it didn't happen on earth at all - it happened in space and on trees growing out of comets. Yes, trees growing out of comets.It took me awhile to get into Children of the Comet by Donald Mof [...]

    21. This is a very difficult book to review. There are two scientific concepts that are the basis for Children of the Comet. These brilliant ideas have the potential for a fantastic book.1. If a spaceship is traveling at a speed very close to the speed of light, time slows down for its passengers. The closer to the speed of light that you get, the more time compresses. So if you spend 50 or more years traveling at near light speed, billions of years will pass for the rest of the universe. Then when [...]

    22. I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of NetGalley.I liked half of this book. And because of that i'm putting it in my "Books I Gave Up On" list. I didn't technically read this whole book. I won't be counting it towards my yearly goal because I read about half of it. I skimmed the viewpoints I didn't like.I liked the story of Torris and his people living on the tree comet floating through space. I love their society and their survival. I love how the [...]

    23. Mild spoiler warningThis book reminds me of "Orphans In The Sky," not so much because of the plot, although it features a colony ship that cannot exceed light speed. It is more the look and feel of mid-20th century conquer the galaxy-ness. It's a much more positive view of the future than in "Orphans," that dystopian treat. "Children of the Comet" has plenty of struggle and strife, but the good guys come out okay in the end. In other words, you could give this book to a 10-year-old, maybe an 8-y [...]

    24. This book is not for those who are unused to science fiction. That's not true because it was particularly 'hard' science fiction, but because without knowing about some of the common themes that appear in the genre, a first introduction to them in this book would not be particularly inspiring.To try to describe the plot is somewhat complicated. But to challenge myself to do so in one sentence: Space travelers return to the Sol system with a few difficulties to discover humans have evolved into a [...]

    25. The late Donald Moffit has one more tale of the far future. Six billion years from now is the age of the Children of the Comet (paper from Open Road Media ). The sun is a red star and enlarged past Earth’s orbit. Humans are living on giant trees growing on comets in the Oort cloud. As part of the ritual to become adult, Torris has to climb kilometers to the top of the tree and have a dream Half way up, he meets a woman, Ning who made her way from another tree and they fight off danger, includi [...]

    26. This review was originally onSara's Books and Things I really enjoyed the variety of characters in the book. From the comet dwelling natives to the space travelers all of them are diverse and really help carry the story along. Some of them are a little flat, but the majority are quite dynamic.I will admit there were times that I got confused by what was going on. This is mainly due to the fact that time jumps in random increments, making it hard to know when exactly things are happening. Also un [...]

    27. When I see an Open Road Media title on NetGalley, I usually click-through to the description. They have varied genres and stories, and I appreciate a story that defies the norms. Often, I’m disappointed, but sometimes, like with Children of the Comet, I find something worth reading that I might not have otherwise read.The separate timelines in this story were at times difficult to follow. I found myself enjoying the Neolithic storyline, and not really caring about the futuristic space opera st [...]

    28. I received a prepublication copy of this book (October 13, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages along with NetGalley, and .I requested this book as I have an interest in science fiction. I have not read any of Donald Moffitt's other books.This is a well done work of science fiction. It is engaging, creative and totally entertaining. It contains several of the elements of other works of science f [...]

    29. Children of the Comet by Donald MoffittThis book has a very interesting premise. Time dilation leads to a curiously inverted exploration program with an anthropological twist. There is also an exploration of political unrest in a closed population with generational aspects. There were more things I liked about this book than I disliked. There were times where it dragged but overall the plot moved along. The characterizations were good but a touch of pontification slowed the movement. I found the [...]

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