I ll start off with something positive to say about Rainbows End The best things about this novel are the ideas about technology and what the world could look like in an even more networked future wh
I'll start off with something positive to say about Rainbows End. The best things about this novel are the ideas about technology and what the world could look like in an even more networked future where information is the form of currency. However, this isn't a new idea at all, here's a quote from Gravity's Rainbow regarding information, "A tragic sigh. 'Information. What's wrong with dope and women? Is it a wonder the world's gone insane, with information come to be the only real medium of exchange.'" So, while there are these great ideas in the novel, they're not always the most original.Now, let's talk about the writing. It was terrible. The language was dull and workman-like. I'm sure there are people who will say, but this is science fiction, what do you expect? And to those people, I say that's no excuse. A good novel should have good writing, it can be held together by concept alone. If you buy into the whole genre fiction/pulp fiction argument, that it's not supposed to be good writing, well that's unfortunate. I'm not asking for something amazing, but at least compel me to read your book. At page 150 I started skimming, wanting to see how the novel ended. At the end, there was no real pay-off. Who cares? That's how I felt. So what?Part of the problem with the end of the novel comes from the beginning of the narrative. The most interesting characters rarely show up. There is an international crisis where some group of people might have access to powerful technology. Three intelligence officers from major countries are combating this problem. These three are the most interesting in the novel. Then it digresses into cliche child characters who are overly bright and a poet cured of his Alzheimer's and in a young body trying to make sense of the world as they are duped into working for the intelligence officers. Who cares about class projects? So what about a man waking up in the future? None of it is terribly interesting.My last complaint about the writing, is that if you have a character who is an award winning poet of national significance, your writing should at least be better than mediocre.I haven't read anything else by Vinge, I've heard his other novels are really good. My advice for this one is walk away. Popular Rainbows End Author Vernor Vinge are Book Robert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer s patient The world that he remembers was much as we know it today Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it He was a world renowned poet Now he is seventy five years old, though by a medical miracle he looksRobert Gu is a recovering Alzheimer s patient The world that he remembers was much as we know it today Now, as he regains his faculties through a cure developed during the years of his near fatal decline, he discovers that the world has changed and so has his place in it He was a world renowned poet Now he is seventy five years old, though by a medical miracle he looks much younger, and he s starting over, for the first time unsure of his poetic gifts Living with his son s family, he has no choice but to learn how to cope with a new information age in which the virtual and the real are a seamless continuum, layers of reality built on digital views seen by a single person or millions, depending on your choice But the consensus reality of the digital world is available only if, like his thirteen year old granddaughter Miri, you know how to wear your wireless access through nodes designed into smart clothes and to see the digital context through smart contact lenses With knowledge comes risk When Robert begins to re train at Fairmont High, learning with other older people what is second nature to Miri and other teens at school, he unwittingly becomes part of a wide ranging conspiracy to use technology as a tool for world domination In a world where every computer chip has Homeland Security built in, this conspiracy is something that baffles even the most sophisticated security analysts, including Robert s son and daughter in law, two top people in the U.S military And even Miri, in her attempts to protect her grandfather, may be entangled in the plot As Robert becomes deeply involved in conspiracy, he is shocked to learn of a radical change planned for the UCSD Geisel Library all the books there, and worldwide, would cease to physically exist He and his fellow re trainees feel compelled to join protests against the change With forces around the world converging on San Diego, both the conspiracy and the protest climax in a spectacular moment as unique and satisfying as it is unexpected.. Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author He is best known for his Hugo Award winning novels A Fire Upon The Deep 1992 , A Deepness in the Sky 1999 and Rainbows End 2006 , his Hugo Award winning novellas Fast Times at Fairmont High 2002 and The Cookie Monster 2004 , as well as for his 1993 essay The Coming Technological Singularity , in which he argues that exponential growth in technology will reach a point beyond which we cannot even speculate about the consequencescmillan author vernor. Good Book Rainbows End Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became a father. As such these stories became imprinted on my memory as the soundtrack to the happiest period in my life (so far).Rainbows End won the Locus Sci-Fi (as well as the Hugo) in 2007. I first heard about it on the Accelerating Future blog where Vinge is somewhat revered.When I started my Locus quest I made this my second port of call (after Accelerando) because it sounded like my cup of tea. I think I would have enjoyed the book which came second that year (Glasshouse) more.I wanted to like Rainbows End. I really did try to like it. I thought for the first half of the book that I might just actually end up liking it. But I didn’t. What frustrates me most about Rainbows End is that I’m not even certain why we didn’t gel.The world building is top-notch – plausible and convincing, thoroughly detailed, interesting and original, memorable, etc – all qualities I normally laud.I know it can’t be just because the protagonist is a grating grouch. I’ll admit that I spent most my read hoping he’d fall down an open manhole, but I’ve enjoyed other books with even less likeable leads (Donaldson - Thomas Covenant?).And it’s not that the protagonist was old – I’m not ageist – I love a good silver-haired sleuth! (King - Insomnia?)Could it be that the plot sort of fizzled and drifted into a faux-thriller mystery with a bunny? Maybe.Or that the supporting cast are utterly forgettable? Perhaps.Was it because the story lacks anything close to a true emotional hook? Could be.None of these factors on their own would be enough to put me off a book, but all of them together stopped me from enjoying the wonderful ideas that kicked this book off. The only reason I can’t outright 1-star the book is that I’m not sure it’s entirely Rainbows End’s fault. Have you ever had that feeling, when you take an instant dislike to somebody? It’s out of character and you’re probably just having a bad day, but you can’t shake your first impression that this guy is a thoroughbred douche? And you feel bad for being so judgemental, so you end-up being nicer to this douche than you probably should be? Yeah. This is like that.I think my favorite idea here (and it's one that completely irrelevant to the plot) is the notion of fiction inspired augmented reality overlays of real locations. Minus the tech-speak - that means glasses which make all of London look like Ankh-Morpork, or turn Windsor Castle into Hogwarts, etc. So the grouchy old poet - that was an image my mind could run with!I've since read The Snow Queen by Vernor's ex-wife, Joan Vinge. I didn't get along with that either. Ah well... my search for a good sci-fi author beginning with V goes on... now where did I put that Verne omnibus..?After this I read: Anathem
Rainbows End A Novel with One Foot in the However, Rainbows end, with his poor integration of the several levels of the character does not succeed in this area Even the name of the book seems irrelevant with the story The authors fail in his effort of including the concept of virtual reality in a physical world, like for example the movie Inception or The Matrix, which in some ways dewelves on the same ideas. Rainbow s End Rainbow s End is open in Level on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and everyday during the July School Holidays on now. Before you visit, check out the Level Entry Conditions, ride height restrictions and general conditions of entry, for a safe and fantastic day. Rainbows End Jim Thorpe All You Need to Know Rainbows End Jim Thorpe All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go with Photos Tripadvisor COVID Update To limit the spread of the coronavirus, attractions may be closed or have partial closures Please consult government travel advisories before Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge Rainbow s End is a tale about loss, growing old and getting a second chance, and how that affects bad family dynamics, along with the usual gobs of interesting speculation about the future I didn t quite follow the motivation of the main character s changes of heart during the middle of the book, but by the end it came together reasonably well. Rainbows End Rainbows End is a science fiction novel by Vernor Vinge It was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novel The book is set in San Diego , California, in , in a variation of the fictional world Vinge explored in his Hugo winning novella Fast Times at Fairmont High Rainbows End Flavored Strawberry All of Rainbows End Frozen Yogurt contains sufficient levels of live and active cultures and we are proud to have the Live and Active Culture seal on all of our products To help you identify yogurt that contains live and active cultures, the NYA developed the Live Active Cultures seal WE ARE PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE NATIONAL YOGURT ASSOCIATION. Rainbow s End Weddings More Find your dream dress at Rainbow s End Choose from a large variety of styles, colors, designers, price range, and Bridesmaids Dresses for every color scheme, style, and picky bridesmaid you can imagine You re sure to find something beautiful for your crew at Rainbow s End Rainbows End Puppies, Highest Quality Goldendoodle Puppies Here at Rainbows End Puppies, we specialize in Goldendoodles in all colors and exotic patterns, such as Parti, Abstract, Sable and Phantom We are located in the Clovis Fresno area in sunny, central California where we have plenty of room for our dogs and puppies to enjoy the outdoors.