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by Spider Robinson
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    Spider Robinson
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Interweaves two stories-that of Norman, an English professor and thwarted suicide, and of Joe, a cat burglar who stumbles upon a woman wire heading.

Fall had always seemed to him a silly time to begin the new school year. Like hibernating bears, scholars sealed themselves away from the world just when it was at its most beautiful. have been his most involved with the outdoors now, trying to outguess the frosts and prepare his home for winter. Norman could not even yield to the temptation to kick apart heaps of rainbow leaves in his path, for an assistant professor in public can no more take off his dignity than his trousers. It was only a block to the campus, but Norman was running late

One thing I always like about Spider Robinson novels - he seems to really love the places that he writes about.

One thing I always like about Spider Robinson novels - he seems to really love the places that he writes about. Sure, some of the characters here have some unkind things to say about Halifax, but it's clear the author loves it, and that shines through the entire book.

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Book in the Lifehouse Trilogy Series). Interweaves two stories-that of Norman, an English professor and thwarted suicide, and of Joe, a cat burglar who stumbles upon a woman "wire heading," her brain wired into the house current-in a chilling tale of mind control and manipulation.

Spider Robinson (born November 24, 1948) is an American-born Canadian science fiction author. He has won a number of awards for his hard science fiction and humorous stories, . the Hugo Award 1977 and 1983, together with Jeanne in 1978 too. Robinson was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York; his father was a salesman. He was an avid reader of science fiction; his exposure in early childhood to the juvenile novels of Robert Heinlein later influenced him to become a writer.

Поиск книг и журналов. Robinson, Spider - Deathkiller 1 - Mindkiller (Robinson Spider).

The discreet little bar that Jake Stonebender established a few blocks below Duval Street was named simply The Place.

A collection of stories and essays from the author of the popular 'Callahan's Saloon' series. Some are set in Callahan's beloved bar, all - stories and essays - are entertaining and thought provoking. Nobody's perfect, but Spider comes pretty damned close. The discreet little bar that Jake Stonebender established a few blocks below Duval Street was named simply The Place.

Spider Robinson always comes thru.
Mindkiller, although great, is not Spider's best book.

Time Pressure is his best so far.
Very early in the story the reader has the feeling of sitting across the kitchen table while Spider tells the tale, friend to friend. There are some scenes I could do without but, the ending made the hair on the back of my neck try to run away. Enjoy.
Reaching the ultimate 'high' has been the goal of a considerable portion of the human race for a very long time. The methods used to try to reach that point have ranged from an incredible variety of mind-altering drugs to deep meditation to self-induced hypnotic trances. So when a new way of reaching that high comes along, direct electrical stimulation of the mind's pleasure center via a surgical implant and a small external device, is it any wonder that a significant number of people would jump for it? And once connected, that there would be some who desire its pleasurable effects so much that they would die happy remaining connected while their bodies waste away from dehydration and starvation?
From this beginning idea (which has also been the subject of treatments by authors such as Larry Niven), Spider goes not just one, but several steps further. Seeing that this technology is just the beginning of deep research into how the mind and memory really work, he envisions that it would eventually lead to knowledge of how to erase selective memories, how to index and store them, and eventually how to transfer them from one person to another.
The story is wrapped around this idea, beginning from Joe, a man missing some of his own memories and totally hidden from society's identification systems, finding Karen, nearly dead, hooked to one of these pleasure tasps, and his slow succoring of her back to health. When they go on a crusade to destroy the maker of such hideously addictive devices, they stumble across information leading them to believe there is one man who controls not just these devices, but has the power to erase a person's memories at will, a power so immense, and so impossible to trace, that he can do anything he desires. As a parallel track, we follow the story of Norman, an assistant professor whose life is falling apart, from his marriage to his job, whose older sister mysteriously disappears one day, and his search for her. Spider does a good job of tying together these disparate threads, with a conclusion that may seem a little over-dramatic but which drives home his thematic points.
His themes deal with just how absolute power may not corrupt, but instead ennoble, but with an under-text of 'end justifying the means'; of a possible goal of really being able to understand how someone else feels by actually 'reading' their thoughts; of identity and right to privacy; of when and to whom loyalty should be given; and 'Chinese' obligations. Some of his thoughts on these subjects seemed a little facile to me, not completely thought through or all consequences investigated, but they are all, within the context of this story, very thought provoking.
Joe, Karen, and Norman are all very well realized characters, in many ways very reminiscent of some of Robert Heinlein's character types, which is not surprising as Spider honors Heinlein as one of his main mentors. These characters have strength, intelligence, and inner integrity; character traits that are rarely seen in many modern novels.
A good read, a few surprising twists along the way, but perhaps not a deep enough delve into the ethical and philosophical questions he raises to really make this an outstanding novel.
An excellent "didactic" book, this book presents the lives of two men in a world of the not too distant future that are getting a little too close for comfort to the secretive group that learned how the human mind works, and how memory can be erased. A very dangerous secret even to know about, for all involved.
The search for the "powers in control" quickly turns dangerous.
The story presents a world that is neither to utopic nor too dystopic, and thus quite believable.
The plot accelerates steadily to a dual climax for the two "streams of consciousness."
Spider Robinson's "Callahan" stories may be more readily approachable; Mindkiller seems to me to be his best novel.
This is THE book that got me into reading Sci-Fi. No, it wasn't my first. It was the one that, as a teenager, opened my eyes to the next level of SF writing. I'll always have this book on the shelf w/ my other favorites.
This is one of those sci-fi books that isn't overtly about futuristic hardware, but rather is set in the not-so-distant future and concerns amplified versions of germane social issues from today. As a result, the character development and social aspects of the plot are more prominently featured. Due to its slow start, I was worried that this book might not pass my 100-page test (in which I abandon a book after 100 pages if I am not into it), but I found it slowly growing on me until I was committed to finding out what happened in the end. The ending has a nice twist to boot.
This book is excellent, a science fiction mystery with multiple plot twists and fascinating ideas, and a positive, uplifting, the world will be a better place in the future ending. I loved the characters, and thought the characterization of the memory loss and the abused woman were amazingly accurate, close enough to my own emotions to make me have to set the book down for a bit and catch my breath. The book surprised me several times, a very hard thing to do, and I love reading all his work.
Perhaps the most annoying aspect of reading any Spider Robinson book, including this one, is witnessing the author's total failure to understand what makes human beings tick, in spite of obvious effort to do so.
This book contains a chapter which formerly appeared as a short story, in which a character describes how she was raped by her father as a child. Elsewhere, in another book, Robinson remarks that the rape story was told to him "verbatim" by the actual victim, whom he would love to hear from if she's out there somewhere. That fictionalizing her childhood trauma for the entertainment of his readers isn't the best way to get in touch doesn't seem to occur to him.