Code of the Lifemaker

Code of the Lifemaker Once long ago a robot factory ship flew too near a star unexpectedly gone nova After suffering extensive damage it continued blindly for millennia A million years passed Then in the st century

  • Title: Code of the Lifemaker
  • Author: James P. Hogan Arthur Morey
  • ISBN: 9781522600916
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Audio CD
  • Once, long ago, a robot factory ship flew too near a star unexpectedly gone nova After suffering extensive damage, it continued blindly for millennia.A million years passed Then, in the 21st century, a colony ship destined for Mars was surreptitiously rerouted to Titand only the leaders of the military industrial complex knew why.In addition to its flight crew, tOnce, long ago, a robot factory ship flew too near a star unexpectedly gone nova After suffering extensive damage, it continued blindly for millennia.A million years passed Then, in the 21st century, a colony ship destined for Mars was surreptitiously rerouted to Titand only the leaders of the military industrial complex knew why.In addition to its flight crew, the interplanetary transport carried parapsychology researchers, linguists, psychologists, representatives of industry, an ambassadord elite military units from several Western nations Clearly something was up.But no one was talking

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    1. James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering He first married at the age of twenty, and he has had three other subsequent marriages and fathered six children.Hogan worked as a design engineer for several companies and eventually moved into sales in the 1960s, travelling around Europe as a sales engineer for Honeywell In the 1970s he joined the Digital Equipment Corporation s Laboratory Data Processing Group and in 1977 moved to Boston, Massachusetts to run its sales training program He published his first novel, Inherit the Stars, in the same year to win an office bet He quit DEC in 1979 and began writing full time, moving to Orlando, Florida, for a year where he met his third wife Jackie They then moved to Sonora, California.Hogan s style of science fiction is usually hard science fiction In his earlier works he conveyed a sense of what science and scientists were about His philosophical view on how science should be done comes through in many of his novels theories should be formulated based on empirical research, not the other way around If a theory does not match the facts, it is theory that should be discarded, not the facts This is very evident in the Giants series, which begins with the discovery of a 50,000 year old human body on the Moon This discovery leads to a series of investigations, and as facts are discovered, theories on how the astronaut s body arrived on the Moon 50,000 years ago are elaborated, discarded, and replaced.Hogan s fiction also reflects anti authoritarian social views Many of his novels have strong anarchist or libertarian themes, often promoting the idea that new technological advances render certain social conventions obsolete For example, the effectively limitless availability of energy that would result from the development of controlled nuclear fusion would make it unnecessary to limit access to energy resources In essence, energy would become free This melding of scientific and social speculation is clearly present in the novel Voyage from Yesteryear strongly influenced by Eric Frank Russell s famous story And Then There Were None , which describes the contact between a high tech anarchist society on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system, with a starship sent from Earth by a dictatorial government The story uses many elements of civil disobedience.James Hogan died unexpectedly from a heart attack at his home in Ireland.

    2. I really liked this beyond expectation. Those expectations were set by 8 other Hogan books on my shelves I'd been rereading deciding whether or not they'd keep a slot on my precious shelf space--I was finding the answer up to this had been no. They'd tended either to be too heavy-handed and preachy (especially Mirror Maze) or technobabble infodump (almost all, especially Thrice Upon a Time and Two Faces of Tomorrow), took too long to get going--and in the case of Cradle of Saturn too crackpot--t [...]

    3. The prologue is one of the sexiest things I've ever read, and then the actual books begins, and it's unbearably awful.

    4. Slowly evolving, but great book that gives a lot to think about. I Don't want to write any spoilers so will just mention that the story is very original and exciting in how it reverses the usual "aliens visited earth!" paradigm in more ways than one, making this book rather cliche-free.Surprisingly for a book that's somewhat old, it goes way beyond the "usual" questions about artificial intelligence (the phrase isn't even used in the book I believe) and indirectly analyses challenges of an "arti [...]

    5. The first chapter of this book, detailing the evolution of an alien automated manufacturing plant into a sentient machine society, is itself worth the price of the book. After this chapter, however, leave the hard science fiction description behind and prepare yourself for a rather slow, but well written treatise on the values of a society based on reason instead of mindless subservience. Human culture on earth is curiously obsessed with psychic phenomena, and into this paranormal limelight step [...]

    6. Hogan's story telling, combined with his writing style, is so marvelous that you almost don't care whether or not there is a plot. Only a few pages in, I found myself laughing out loud. But of course there is a plot and it will be revealed. Meanwhile, I'm just sinking into what promises to be a delightful tale. I mean, we've got computers, computerized factories, and robots run amok; an entire alien species wiped out, which is a shame, because these computers were their design; etc. My favorite [...]

    7. The book starts out pretty good by explaining the beginnings of evolution on this robot world, but then suddenly cuts over to some humans and it pretty much falls apart there.The next time we cut back to the robots, they might as well be medieval humans from how completely identical they are to people. Why are they bipedal, with eyes and arms and everything in pretty much the same place as humans? Why do they even use the same gestures and body language as humans? Why do they wear clothing in si [...]

    8. While I did enjoy this one, I must say I preferred the "Giants" series. Although a bit dated in its "future" references (e.g. East Germany), the premise is an interesting one. Aliens have a probe scouring the universe for useful materials. When the probe finds one, it builds automated factories that build robots that process raw materials and refine then into products to be shipped back to the aliens. But supernova damages the probe . . .The probe ends up in our solar system and sets up on Titan [...]

    9. I have read this many times before joining and have found an opportunity to add a review.Hogan is one of my favorite authors. He rarely fails to ignite my imagination. I read his books due to the “what if” factor he includes in most of his work.What if, due to a reasonable explanation (the prolog is awesome) life was silicon based? What if during the course of their special evolution they developed culture? What if their culture was antiquated compared to ours? What if they didn’t underst [...]

    10. Three and a half stars.The prologue was delightful, with its description of how life on Titan evolved. The story was pretty good. There were women characters that were actual characters. The writing was pretty good, although the medeival-esque rendering of Taloid dialogue got annoying. The story is overtly and comprehensively anti-religion, though, in the usual paradigm that groups believers with gullible fools and dupes over against skeptics and enlightened scientists. Boring and annoying for m [...]

    11. This is an odd book. It starts with a long prologue that gives the evolutionary history of a machine race on Saturn’s moon Titan, from its inception with a damaged Von Neumann factory ship to mutation, sexual reproduction, competition, and the rise of diverse species and intelligence. Then it sets up a first contact situation between humanity and these machines. We in our spaceships, and they struggling to move past their own equivalent of the stone age.There are also twin battles going on bet [...]

    12. I was not sure how well this one would hold up, but it did. The premise is fascinating (alien robots, not aliens, yet undergoing evolution/natural selection just the same), and the main character (a con artist with a strong moral streak) and his would-be nemesis (a psychologist trying to unmask him) work perfectly together in the story.The story has two perspectives, from the humans' and the robots' point of view. The robots are basically undergoing the early stages of the enlightenment (and yes [...]

    13. This was an odd book. I LOVED the descriptions of the evolution of machines into sapient beings as well as the contrasting descriptions of forests, etc. between the Men and Robeings. Brilliant.The book lost points for me in that the Robeings behaved too much like humans. Their societies were based on human medieval structures, they had family units, religions, kings, etc that were just too close to their organic versions of themselves. Hogan started from a brilliant foundation, added in some gre [...]

    14. Hogan is a classically intelligent scifi author. This is one of his finest, dealing with the what-if question about machines becoming intelligent. He invents a plausible hypothesis about how something akin to evolution and natural selection takes place in an abandoned and malfunctioning automated factory. To this he adds a tale of attempted imperial conquest by technologically more advanced humans. And he creates his most enticing lead character - Zambendorf, a highly intelligent conman and stag [...]

    15. So the premise of the book, the "big idea" was very original. (Read the back cover for the gist of the story - no spoilers here) However, I found the execution to be wanting. Some of the characters were very strong and well portrayed and others require a scoresheet to keep track of. If you like "near future" sci-fi or something with an unusual premise then I would recommend this book, but if you like far future science fiction without a lot of melodrama then steer clear.

    16. The introductory chapter of this book, in which the evolution of the machine society is described, is worth the purchase price. Hogan does a great job of showing how a rogue extraterrestrial satellite could, over millions of years evolve into an entire society of sentient machines. Truly remarkable book.

    17. The first chapter(s) of Hogan's novel is a tightly spun and fast-frame image of mechanical evolution. Really well done. The rest of the novel is fine, but if you want a five-star intro in the best traditions of SF creating a broad scope of time and technology, compressed into a few pages, you have it here.

    18. After the origin of the Lifemaker culture had been explained, it was a fairly disappointing story about a big bad corporation attempting to exploit a new-found primitive culture for their natural and 'human' resources, similar to the movie "Avatar". The novel doesn't reach the high quality I associate with other works I've read by Hogan.

    19. Wow. This book reads like it was written by a college freshman who has just taken his first philosophy class. Preachy, ham-handed - I could barely stand to read more than a couple of pages at a time. I kept reading because I thought it had to get better - I was wrong.Battlefield Earth was a better read.

    20. In this book, Hogan examines evolution and the perceptions of those at the end of the evolutionary chain, from an angle that is unique in my experience as a reader. I strongly recommend Code of the Lifemaker. (Full review to follow at a later date.)

    21. Loved this book! Self reproducing machines on one of the moons of one of the outer planets of the solar system, if I remember right. It's been 20 years or more since I read it, but I do remember being favorably impressed.

    22. God, this book was agony. It was a great premise, but it ended up being something I dreaded reading every night. That said, it taught me something about skepticism and how charlatans ply their trade, so despite the hamfisted writing style it was worth reading.

    23. Wonderful satire about colonialism brilliantly cloaked in the guise of a sci-fi thriller. I have no idea how Hogan remains so optimistic about humanity, but props to him. I guess this means I should read more of him.

    24. I enjoyed the story, but I had a problem with the robots. I find it hard to believe that the robot life evolved into humanoid form and early human-like civilization, however Hogan does a good job explaining how they evolved into that form.

    25. 3.5 stars What a fascinating concept. Loved the story's premise. Enjoyed the allusions to our own history. Occasionally found the technical talk, whether scientific or political, a little tedious or confusing.

    26. Excellent, fun, and interesting read; a space-opera book about evolution, computer science (by an ex-computer professional, no less), and the art of faking telepathy! This book has it all and it is well-written too.

    27. I have the hardback version but this book is very good. I love Hogan's way of working a great story into plausbile scientific expansion.

    28. Very good book! As with a lot of Sci fi books, social commentary and religion play a big role, with not exception in this one.

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