The Annals of the Heechee

The Annals of the Heechee Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine stored personality enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other

  • Title: The Annals of the Heechee
  • Author: Frederik Pohl
  • ISBN: 9780345325662
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine people But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silencAdvanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine people But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silence, and threatens the lives of all heechee and humans Even Robin, virtually immortal and with unlimited access to millennia of accumulated data, cannot discover how to stop these aliens It began to seem that only a face to face meeting could determine the future of the entire universe.

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    1. I must confess, I liked this book enough to finish it but I am glad the series is finished. Robinette Broadhead is a dull, histrionic main character and this book contains waaaay too much lecturing and philosophizing. A lot of that is done through Pohl’s usual device in this series: the computer program known as Albert Einstein. You would think that when Rob Broadhead died, we would be free of him as main character. Instead, he is uploaded into a computer environment and survives to remain the [...]

    2. Una vez terminada la saga, las sensaciones son muy buenas, y con eso me quedo. La historia global de los 4 libros es de las mejores que he leído. El protagonista, Robinette Broadhead, es un gran personaje que a pesar de sus miedos, inseguridades y sentimientos de culpa sigue adelante y hace lo que debe hacer.La mezcla de ciencia y ciencia ficción se encarna perfectamente en el programa informático "Albert Einstein" que acompaña a Robin a lo largo de los libros. Que consiga explicar el Big Ba [...]

    3. (All quantities approximate)Pages of interesting ideas, total: 15Pages of interesting ideas not already presented earlier in the series: 2Pages of plot or character development: 20Pages of actual action: 10Pages of Robinette Broadhead being annoyingly moody and whiny for no apparent reason: 120Pages of poorly-explained cosmological theory to which everyone overreacts: 30Pages of endless repetitive tedious repetition over and over again in a redundant and repetitive way which repeats itself many [...]

    4. I started reading this before I realized it was #4 in the Heechee series. I actually have an earlier(I think) installment, but I'll continue anyway. My edition is hardbound sans dust jacket from 1987. So far old pro Fred Pohl is showing himself to be sort of an old fart prose-wise. He's one of those "you see" people. Stuck back in mid-century usage. I wondered about the description of home-bred chess masters in Wyoming playing multiple simultaneous games in city parks in Wyoming. Seems unlikely, [...]

    5. Okay, so the second star is only because it ends the series and puts it (and therefore the reader) out of its misery.Droning, pedantic, and genuinely uninteresting enough to warrant such a long production, this book really doesn't provide enough to validate its existence. If the author would remove the number of times he makes a big deal out of the fact that things for a machine-stored intelligence aren't real, but rather electronic constructions in a computer system, the book would be half as b [...]

    6. Tedious. Pohl take a valiant risk by introducing a huge chunk of astrophysics, but ruins it by foot-dragging aimed at keeping the reader "entertained". Of the Heechee series, this book stretches credulity the thinnest: the main character is a stored intelligence, psychic powers are a major plot point, godlike beings of pure energy who's origin predates baryogenesis living in black holes, etc. A good science fiction book tweaks one aspect of reality and explores the consequences; this book isn't [...]

    7. La saga de los Heechee de Frederik Pohl, fue una de las saga de ciencia ficcion que mas me gusto y disfrute mucho de leer.Con esta utima entrega, atravese por muchos estados de animo diferentes mientras la leia. Cuando comence con ella, aun persistia en mi, la sensacion de que la saga habria tenido un final estupendo con el tercer libro. Es decir, la humanidad finalmente viajaba por la galaxia a placer; cuando el cuerpo de las personas no podia seguir adelante, la mente era preservada y la vida [...]

    8. It was an interesting book, but not nearly as good as the rest in the series. As other reviewers here have stated, the over-repetition of explaining how their "virtual" or "machine-stored" lives worked really got old and was unnecessary. It was certainly interesting and curious at first but didn't need to be re-explained and in the same manner so often throughout the book. Also, Pohl seemed to try to bring back more of the angst / ennui into the main character than was present in the last two no [...]

    9. "I think I should review a little at this point." I never want to read that sentence again. Too much of this book is rehashing things that have already happened in the three prior Heechee novels, albeit from newly expanded perspectives. Other parts seemed like paste-ups of unused background material Pohl might have developed while writing the earlier novels. There is a story in there though, mostly set in the vastly sped up cybernetic world into which Robinette Broadhead was uploaded after his p [...]

    10. Pohl is lucky that myself, and no doubt other readers who have lasted this long are still firm believers and fans of the Heechee universe. Compared to the first book 'Gateway', 'The Annals of the Heechee' pales in comparison. It has none of the excitement and danger, very little of the mystery and suspense. But in terms of a continuation of the series - it does serve it purpose. This book takes us deeper into the idea of 'the foe' and who they are. Pohl is still weaving an expert SF narrative he [...]

    11. I should have re-read my review of Heechee Rendevous before getting The Annals of the Heechee from the library. I might have thought twice about reading it. Why? The original Heechee saga was a trilogy, but Pohl returned to it with this fourth book in 1987. It's my understanding that there are two more after this one, and if there are, I have no plans to read them. I loved the first three books. It's not always a given that subsequent sequels will be better or equal to the original trilogy.Pohl' [...]

    12. Final de la Saga Heechee! Una historia que empieza de forma muy sencilla y se revela de forma más compleja según van avanzando los libros. Para el recuerdo: personajes muy carismáticos (Robinete, Albert, Essie.), evolución de la ciencia y por supuesto los Heechees, todo ello te deja un gran sabor de boca.Lo único, que en esta última parte del libro, las expectativas eran muy grandes y me temo que el autor se enreda más en las historias que acontecen sin mucha relevancia en los sucesos fin [...]

    13. This is the final book of the Heechee Saga. In Book I the Heechee have apparently been long gone, and Earth people are trying out the technology to see where it takes them. The protagonist takes such a journey, and loses the love of his life in a black hole. In Book II Earth people figure out how to really use the technology. In Book III it is discovered the Heechee are not gone, but hiding in black holes from the deadliest enemy the universe has ever known. In this, the 4th book, the Earth and [...]

    14. Perhaps Pohl should've ended the Heechee series with a longer "Heechee Rendezvous". As it stands, the remaining cool ideas that he had in mind for a conclusion of the series seem to few too fill up a whole novel (short as it is).We're getting some cool details on the nature of the 'foe' and some nice closure to the remaining Heechee mysteries, but you will need to be patient and slog through some boring and pointless scenes of dialogue about AI's and godhood.Glad to be over or is it?

    15. Es evidente que, en su conjunta, esta última entrega no está a la altura de las anteriores. A pesar de que el final de la novela y de la tetralogía resulta efectivo y acertado, el desarrollo es bastante irregular, con una acción que tarda en despegar y unos personajes que ya han perdido la gracia. Pero por cerrar la tetralogía vale la pena leerla.

    16. The author best describes his own book: "And time passed, and time passed, and the endless voyage went on"I couldn't wait until it was over.

    17. Frederick Pohl was a visionary of our future like many other science fiction writers. This Heechees saga is a sample of that.

    18. If you're a fan of the first book, or even of the first few books, please, do yourself a favour and leave this book on the shelf. You'll learn nothing new in here, and I seriously doubt there's anything new to be gleaned in the final book, which I won't be reading. There is no story to speak of, and there aren't really any characters to speak of. Robin Broodhead's character arc ended in the final pages of 'Gateway' but 'Beyond the Blue Event Horizon' teased out a continuation of that arc when re [...]

    19. Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.The Heechee series, which begins with Gateway, is a classic. It is very traditional science fiction, but the quality of the ideas and the writing raise it well above the commonplace. I remember reading the first three novels for the first time when this was published, which is when I bought it; for it to have left as strong an impression on me as that, I must have found it an inspiring read.The other thing I can remember is that The Annals of th [...]

    20. En el cuarto libro de la saga de los Heechee por fin conocemos al Adversario, Robin Broadhead se pasa a ser uno con la internet, vuelven los terroristas y los Heechee pierden toda el aura de misterio de los libros anteriores. Esto último es quizás lo que más me decepcionó de este libro, después de que en las partes anteriores te cuentan de los increíbles logros tecnológicos de los Heechee en esta historia se reducen a ser los vecinos nuevos de los humanos. Es más, son mostrados como inco [...]

    21. Nieco rozczarowujące zakończenie serii, zwłaszcza w pierwszej, nazbyt rozwleczonej, pierwszej połowie. Po raz kolejny Pohl wprowadza postaci, obdarowuje je obszernym, rozpisanym na wiele stron dossier, by potem wykorzystać ich w marginalnych - choć z wyjątkami - wątkach, a w każdym bądź razie wątkach, które znajdują nazbyt szybkie, niewspółmierne do żmudnego ich rozwijania i, rzekłbym, wymagające od czytelnika, pewnej dozy naiwności, rozwiązania.Druga połowa zdecydowanie le [...]

    22. Ciclo degli heecheeHo finito poco fa di leggere il quarto ed ultimo libro di questo ciclo.Considerandolo nel complesso, la storia risulta essere molto gradevole e bella alla lettura, la fantascienza non è esasperata (come piace a me) e la fluidità delle parole per come sono scritte (o tradotte) allettano la mia mente.Il primo libro, particolare, lascia alla fine un amaro in boca, del tipo: 'e mò?!', 'dove sta la fantascienza?!'Ma, anche se è un controsenso quanto starò per dire, è un amaro [...]

    23. I just finished this book and while I basically enjoyed it I did find it tedious and also full of Pohl's personality. The story is from a first person perspective of the primary protagonist, Robinette Broadhead, and exhibits his cynicism, optimism, religious beliefs, hangups, etc. The story concerns the assassins, the alien beings living in the klugelblitz, that intend to collapse the universe so a new big bang changes everything to their liking. On the way we follow three young people who are u [...]

    24. In general, this books met the expectation that began with previous book that is the final encounter with the Enemy. It delivers the conclusion to the saga, but it is abrupt and there are some untied endings (e.g .you have Oniko and the other kids running around in a parallel plot but after a point, you won't see them again). This made me wonder what was the true purpose of them (just being a vehicle for the Enemy?). If you have read the other books you will encounter this as well very often (wh [...]

    25. I read the first books of this series, and they were interesting, although it was starting to get slow at the end. But I wanted to finish the series while I still remembered the characters, so I kept going. Well, I almost regretted that decision.The book really started to drag, mostly because of the repeated explanations of the difference between time for living people ("meat" people, they called them) and the electronically-stored versions, who interacted in milliseconds rather than seconds or [...]

    26. OH the Heeche chronicles are so fabulous. So much thought provoking ideology is interwoven into the story of Robinette Broadhead and those he encounters in this futuristic world. Although, the books were written from 1977 to 2004. Pohl is pretty spot on with how technology has advanced. The only thing we noticed whilst reading them (I'm reading aloud to my sweety) is that apparently wasn't able to conceive of bioprinting. Not surprising since it is still a relatively experimental technology. As [...]

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