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In Earth's distant future, Tyndel is both teacher and mentor, a staunch devotee to his conservative and rigidly structured religious culture. Then a rogue infection of nanotechnology transforms him into a "demon", something more than human, and he is forced into exile, fleeing to the more technologically advanced space-faring civilization that lies to the north, one that hIn Earth's distant future, Tyndel is both teacher and mentor, a staunch devotee to his conservative and rigidly structured religious culture. Then a rogue infection of nanotechnology transforms him into a "demon", something more than human, and he is forced into exile, fleeing to the more technologically advanced space-faring civilization that lies to the north, one that his own righteous people consider evil. Although shaken by his transformation, he has the rare talent required to become a space pilot. What no one, least of all Tyndel, expects, is his deep-space encounter with a vastly superior being--perhaps with God....

Title : Gravity Dreams
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ISBN : 9780812566611
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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Gravity Dreams Reviews

  • Peter Tillman
    2019-04-05 04:10

    My 1999 review, published somewhere as,Interesting backstory, but a slow, bloated novel.The best thing about Gravity Dreams is the backstory. Set 5,000 years from now, a post-collapse Earth supports static "mite" cultures, secretly dominated by the spacegoing nanotech Rykasha "demons". Modesitt's themes include ecology, personal responsibility; and passive, fatalistic ("eastern") vs. dynamic ("western") culture.A nice setup, but flabby execution: Gravity Dreams starts out so slowly that I almost gave up (and kinda wish I had). About 75 pages in ("Sciamachy"), the pace picks up, but once the protag enters starpilot flight school... well, I learned far more about needleship [note 1] flight training than I'd *ever* want to know. "It's a sin to waste the reader's time" -- L. Niven.Gravity Dreams would have made a nice novella, but there just isn't enough substance here to fill 400 pages. For diehard Modesitt fans only -- and they'll want to skim.Modesitt's previous five SF outings -- Parafaith War, Ecolitan Enigma, Adiamante, Of Tangible Ghosts & Ghosts of the Revelator (reviewed, and recommended, at site below) -- were all good to excellent, so I can forgive one clunker. If you haven't tried Modesitt's SF, don't start with Gravity Dreams!___________(1) -- one nice touch is a needleship named "Costigan". Newbies will need to look it up....

  • James
    2019-04-17 03:44

    In some ways this was a great book, however it was more of an exploration of an idea than an actual tale. Okay, so there was a tale but it seemed to be there to facilitate the notion/idea/concept rather than the idea/notion/concept being a part of the tale. An odd description I know, but its the best I can do. The characterisation was good and was definitely a major part of the tale. The tale that Tyndel was subjected to was dealt with realistically, with every development having a 'real' affect upon his character and the way that it interacted with the 'world'. Suffice to say, like a real human he was the sum of his past actions, not a facilitator to the tale.The writing itself was also really well done, managing to turn what could have easily become an essay in someone else's hands into a carefully crafted story that entertained. It leaves me with great hope for the rest of his works, which I am now eagerly looking out for where-ever I go. So, yeah. It was a good tale, but as I said the idea was the main driving part of the book, not necessarily the story/plot itself. If this sounds bad then you are likely not going to like this, as while my experience is limited in this sub-sub-genre this feels more like Hard Science Fiction; however, don't let me put you off a great story and if Hard Science Fiction is your cup of tea then this is a perfect treat.Have Fun Reading. (wow, I actually managed a relatively short review this time)

  • Jay Hendricks
    2019-03-31 02:52

    This has got to be one of my favorite books of all time. Imagine a society which has access to nano-technology. You think you can right? Well Modesitt offers a view of one possible way that society may structure itself through the eyes of one who has gone from being an unmodified human to one of the demons with nano-tech flowing in his veins. The insights offered as to "honesty" and "truth" to oneself and society are excellent and really could benefit people in even our day and age. I probably re-read this book every 3 or 4 months it is so exceedingly awesome. Also I would give it more stars if there was some way to tag it that way, a category which is "beyond awesome" is what I would want to see.

  • Victoria Barnett
    2019-04-09 01:52

    Despite the cover, which make it look like space opera, this is a well reasoned exploration of different societies and how personal responsibility and societal responsibility interact and conflict.

  • Rayda
    2019-04-16 05:08

    I think that Modesitt's science fiction is better than his fantasy, though it was his fantasy that first introduced me to his work through the Recluce series. But then, even in the Recluce series, it was the "angel" stories where science background for the fantasy was explained that I liked the best. In my opinion, Gravity Dreams is not as good as some of his other works, particularly the Flash and Archform: Beauty books. Modesitt would greatly benefit from an editor . . . he repeats himself a lot, some of the mundane tasks of daily living could be cut out, and he stresses on his theme too much. In this book, the theme of honest vs. truth was interesting, but come on now, do we really need to have incessant references to the differences between the two for 468 pages? And, his constant harping on the evils of religion, and in particular his extremely negative postulation of the LDS society as represented by the male-chauvenistic Dezret society gets old, too.For the good, though, I thought the character arc that Tyndel goes through was nice. His realization of his need to be honest with himself (first I typed truthful, but that is a whole 'nother ballgame in this book), grows nicely, as well as his relationships with others. I didn't like the back-and-forth in time chapters at the beginning of the book, but thankfully they didn't last long and we got into straight chronological story-telling.I really liked the training that Tyndel went through. Seemed very realistic.

  • DaveA
    2019-03-27 01:51

    The other Modesitt series I've read were fantasy (Corean & Spellsong). This is Science Fiction. I like SciFi better, but I didn't like this book as much as his others. As is typical of Modesitt, much of the book drags on with mundane daily living. That makes the book longer, but is only a small criticism, in my view. The problem with this book, in my opinion, is that it is more a philosophical and theological treatise at the expense of plot. Modesitt explores truth vs. honesty vs. obfuscation. He explores the theological idea of god vs. superior god-like being. These ideas, however, are not really explored well, and don't leave the reader deep in thought over the issues. The plot climax falls flat as something not really interesting, and is more a climax on the theological thoughts - without much thought provoking items in that area either. Frequently I'm perplexed by actions of the main and secondary characters. Trying not to give anything away, why does he treat her like that when she comes to visit him? Later, why does she want to be with him?The super-light-speed travel via "over-space" is interesting, but is not delved into deep enough.

  • Ross
    2019-04-14 07:06

    What happens if you take consider two similar concepts and shove a wedge between them and throw these concepts into a SF novel? This book. Great premise: main character who was given the choice to stay in his home culture and die, or learn an entirely new set of rules and live to pay back the new culture. Especially given the world Modesitt created. Things dragged on for a while and I felt like putting the book down on several occasions. Finally, things got interesting around the last 100 pages.The writing is sophisticated, but often overburdens the reader with excessive and complex details that don't push the characters or the plot forward. Every character sounds robotic (perhaps as a result of the nanites?), especially when it comes to explaining things to our poor main character who, again, is no conversational slouch.The concepts of truth and honesty are broken apart and given great attention by the main character. The actual plot is subservient to separating the truth and honesty and the plot really moves for the last 100 or so pages.

  • David
    2019-04-18 06:50

    Like other novels by Modesitt, this hard sci-fi novel plumbs deep psychological and sociological levels. It follows the well-developed character of its protagonist as he makes a forced transition to a more technologically advance civilization than his own. Finding his niche there, he ultimately confronts a still more advanced being that makes his new society seem primitive by comparison. Along the way, he grows in knowledge and wisdom. Through him, the author explores themes of identity, its relationship to ones place in society, forced assimilation into another culture, and honesty. Through it all, the character resists and accepts, changes, grows and ultimately reaches what can only be called enlightenment.This is not an action-oriented adventure, and it is not short. Save it for a long weekend or a vacation when you will have the time do it justice.Recommended for teen+, no particularly significant adult content or language.

  • Joy
    2019-04-08 07:43

    Modesitt is good at taking his characters through the growth process. In GRAVITY DREAMS, Tyndel is driven out of his blameless life as a teacher when a nanite-based infection turns him into a superman. This isn't as common as it used to be, before the technology of the ancients degraded with the eons, but Rykasha is set up to receive such outcasts. All of Rykasha's citizens use the nanites to increase their strength, senses and longevity. It's Tyndel who can't handle his transformation, until years later when he realizes how much the Rykashans need him.

  • Joe
    2019-03-24 01:48

    An excellent, hard-core sci-fi adventure with a philosophical bent. While not filled with action, this story will challenge your pre-conceived notions of what is right and wrong in a society and how the individuals of a society are impacted by the prevailing viewpoints of that society. It strikes me as similar to Robert Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy in the way it questions the reality and meaning of the very fabric of society around us. A challenging read!

  • Quantum7
    2019-03-27 03:00

    I enjoyed the growth of Tyndel as a character and it actually taking quite a bit of time in the book (and for him) to accept his new society / role in that society. That was nicely put to use in the final stretch of the book as this personal growth is mirrored with the probable necessary growth of his new society as a whole. Another interesting thing was how that society functioned; some novel concepts in there and it made me wonder whether a society like that could work.

  • Katharine
    2019-04-15 23:53

    Hard sci-fi and a good one, better the second time through. Interesting ideas about identity, relationship in society, assimilation into another culture and personal honesty. The only thing that doesn't make sense to me is why Cerrelle is even interested in Tyndel? When she first meets him he is rolling in self pity and can't see the forest for the trees.... not exactly intimate relationship material!

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 03:54

    Honestly, I flip-flopped between giving this book 1-star and 5-stars. Modesitt's writing is as incredible as ever and certainly worth 5 stars, however, I sometimes became frustrated because of the uneven pacing. Ultimately, Modesitt is a master of his craft and you'd be hard-pressed to find better or more interesting sci-fi writing, but the uneven pacing and especially the ending may leave you wanting.

  • Mandy
    2019-03-22 06:46

    At first, I thought this book was going to be a lot like Stephenson's Anathem, except not as good. After the first 100 pages, however, it changed a lot. It became a very impressive hard-sci-fi with a philosophical bent. There's nanotechnology, interstellar travel, and so on. By the time I got to the end, I was disappointed it wasn't a series. It's very well done.

  • Brandon
    2019-04-04 05:06

    This book presents some good ideas that are worth thinking about. These ideas deal with individuals and society and their relationship and responsibilities to each other. I think it also points out some problems with the idea that everyone should feel good and that technology advances with no self-restraint or self-discipline can be dangerous.

  • Bert Summers
    2019-03-25 23:55

    Book was OK. Not the best.The end kind of fell flat. Could not really figure out the point.Story just follows the protagonist as he is forced from what he knows into a high tech society where he learns to accept what is then a conflict with an anomaly which is the big lead up to the climax and then at the pinnacle nothing.Left me expecting more

  • Michael
    2019-03-23 06:48

    I am a big fan of L.E. Modesitt Jr. That being said this was not one of his better books. To be frank the only reason that I finished it was because I am such a big fan. I kept hoping it would get better. It was slow paced and a rather dull read. I don't recommend this book but I do recommend all of his other books I have read.

  • Mark Lambert
    2019-04-19 23:42

    I am never sure how to take Modesitt. He lives in Cedar City, UT and seems to have a love/hate relationship with Mormons. This book tends more towards the hate side, at least on the surface. Overall a pretty good book though.

  • Dodie Reed
    2019-04-12 07:45

    I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. If Modesitt had left out some of the psychological introspection of the principal character (yes, I know that is half the story!), I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

  • Mandell Degerness
    2019-04-21 07:08

    A little different from most of Modesitt's work. There is much of philosophy and morality. Decent story, but don't read unless you are willing to deal with the questions raised about the nature of morality, truth, and honesty.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-12 05:06

    I didn't finish this. But after about 150 pages in, I couldn't be bothered. The whole book is nothing more than a bunch of talk and philosophical debates on the nature of responsibility and your role in society. Yawn.

  • Mikey Pietrzak
    2019-03-31 04:57

    this was a tough read at first, but i managed to figure it out...after reading its wikipedia article! lol

  • Clay Harris
    2019-04-11 07:45

    Pretty decent. Modesitt's books however tend to be much the same, whether fantasy or science fiction it seems. I am beginning to tire of it

  • Howard
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  • John Dalton
    2019-04-11 07:57

    Competent SF - not bad, but sitting here a few weeks later I can't think of anything much to say about it. I think I'd enjoy more by this author if I felt more affection for the characters.

  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    2019-04-21 04:43

    The most tedious book I was ever dumb enough to force myself to finish. Damn, it really sucked.

  • Anthony
    2019-04-12 23:54

    I read this book years ago and don't remember some parts of it but still I really enjoyed it.

  • Aaron
    2019-03-25 03:00

    Massive information download, then wraps up in a hundred pages. Worth the conceptual headache.

  • Curtis Schofield
    2019-03-25 04:05

    Kicked ass - a serious work of art

  • Gowri
    2019-03-30 23:49

    An amazing novel that boggles the mind. The concepts are written in such a way that it's easy to understand and visualize.