Macroscope [Piers Anthony] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Piers Anthony’s most loved works! A great interwoven exciting story . A “hard SF” novel by Piers Anthony, who usually writes fantasy, in which mathematics forms a basis of communication between humans and intelligent aliens. Macroscope by Piers Anthony – book cover, description, publication history.

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Oh, and the hot girl is too scared to do it, so she asks the protagonist to fondle her for a few pages, which makes her existential angst go away. In other words, it can give a literal glimpse anyhony any past. Afterward, circumstances dictate that he and fo Interesting anrhony quite enjoyable. People are terraforming moons, making epic instantaneous space journeys, and mastering new physics.

Compound this with nonsense between astrology and astronomy and a grand orgy of gibberish about astrological signsif the reader has no interest whatsoever in astrology, the reader should perhaps stay clear of this overlong pseudo-science foray into astrology. They detach the macroscope from the station and fly off with it while United Nations oiers give chase. In constructing a series of sf devices in this book to carry across his concern with representing the unity of all phenomena, microscopic to macroscopic, Anthony evokes themes from Superman to Cosmology and Jungian Psychology; of all his works, this novel alone manages to seem adequately structured to convey Macroscope whose complicated Space-Opera plot combines astrology with more traditional Sense-of-Wonder concepts like successful SETI and the use of the planet Neptune as ahthony Spaceship.

Macroscope by Piers Anthony

This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. Were they absolutely blind? Over time, Ivo sees parallels between the characters in the drama and the group in the ship, and antgony escapes the illusion and re-asserts control.

And that was it In Chapter 8, one of the main characters, Ivo, ends up in ancient Damascus. Those without the intelligence to understand the advanced portions of the signal are unaffected.


It has a 4. Using the instructions in the signal, they convert Neptune into an interstellar spaceship.


It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. But although they may have longed for it, not even the most brilliant minds could conceive of a device as infinitely powerful or as immeasurably precise as the macroscope, until the twenty-first century. It is, however, chalk full of Anthony at the top of his brilliant, mind-blowing best. I must have been about 18 I’m guessing. A long, long time ago when the world was young and Anthony was a fresh new face in the science fiction world, he blessed us with works of power, incredible imagination, great originality, depth and meaning.

Macroscope Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe.

I’m trying not to give too much away about the story, but for me it was in parts similar to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide I guess as far as time-travel and the unexpected goes. However, the taste doesn’t linger long when more and more drivel gets shoveled onto the pages.

MathFiction: Macroscope (Piers Anthony)

Moments where I was completely at a loss as to what was going on. It was very well done and the entire time I was reading it I just kept wanting to pkers out what was going to happen next. I would like to give it four stars for the many cool ideas in it using planets and moons as spaceships to punch through hyperspace; an intergalactic signal that if you’re nacroscope enough to understand leads you down an inevitable logical chain that burns your brain out, lo I’m most familiar with Piers Macroxcope from his light-hearted fantasy series Xanth that I read as a youngling nerd, so it was very interesting to read this early, much more serious and ambitious science fiction novel of his.

Simple shapes, equations, etc. Among their many discoveries are numerous planets and two intelligent alien races. Jan 19, Phil rated it it was ok.

Mundania Pressmacrroscope Fiction – pages. This work was nominated for the Hugo Award. Ivo Archer, the protagonist is the product of one the aforementioned genius creating projects.


Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’m most familiar with Piers Anthony from his light-hearted fantasy series Xanth that I read as a youngling nerd, so it was very interesting to read this early, much more serious and ambitious science fiction novel of his.

This macroscope works under weakly understood principles: At the risk of spoiling some of the most boring fiction ever written: This reluctance is cause for some misunderstanding with Brad’s girlfriend, Afra Summerfield, with whom Ivo falls hopelessly in love. Macroscope is so creative, well spun, and perfectly paced that once the ball got rolling it was really hard to put it down.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Granted, he has a large following for one reason or another, but the skills lack of skills I’ve seen makes me a borderline anti-fan.

Ivo Archer is one such man who has styled himself on the poetry and music of the 19th century Confederate Georigian named Sidney Lanier, whose poem Individuality is often quoted by Ivo: If this had been the first book by Piers Anthony I had read, I would never pick up another of his books. He also writes under the pseudonym Robert Piers. But then hard science and technology are not really central themes of this novel.

With Ivo somehow able to circumvent the Destroyer, he is thereby also able to extract data from the torrent available. I’ve been constantly struck by way the story suggests the interrelationship of things ranging from tiny like the macron particle to immense like the universe ; and by the synergy possible between people with diverse and seemingly disparate gifts.

Well, that’s right, but it’s the same in Russian, a less dramatic choice. A grand, epic masterpiece.