Le Silkie

Le Silkie How would you create a superhuman That the key to this startling new novel by the master original thinker of science fiction A E van Vogt For The Silkie was a being that could move through space wat

  • Title: Le Silkie
  • Author: A.E. van Vogt
  • ISBN: 9782277118558
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Paperback
  • How would you create a superhuman That the key to this startling new novel by the master original thinker of science fiction, A.E van Vogt For The Silkie was a being that could move through space, water, or on land with equal ease, could think like a computer, communicate etherically, and change form to suit changing circumstances.But were the Silkies all that was claimHow would you create a superhuman That the key to this startling new novel by the master original thinker of science fiction, A.E van Vogt For The Silkie was a being that could move through space, water, or on land with equal ease, could think like a computer, communicate etherically, and change form to suit changing circumstances.But were the Silkies all that was claimed for them Were they truly man,s own creations as heirs and helpers or were they ringers from some unknown outer space world of some anti humanity conspiracy The Silkies themselves did not know and that s what makes thus action packed utterly unusual novel great It s Van Vogt s first new novel in man years from the back cover

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    1. This is an old favorite about a shape changing species that lives with man. It's completely SF, although it has paranormal elements, but they're explained through science. Van Vogt creates a mental logical structure that's interesting & packs several adventures into this book. I think there are 3 stories that were published separately.

    2. 'The Silkie - a living spaceship, impervious to heat and cold, virtually indestructible and capable of travelling at supersonic speeds. The Silkie - similar to a human being, but not the same. Highly intelligent.The Silkie - able to live under the oceans with the ease of a dolphin and the speed of a shark.The Silkie - a modern angel or a computerised demon?The Silkie - a friend of Earth, or a pitiless, alien destroyer?'Blurb from the 1973 NEL paperback editionIt at first appears that as part of [...]

    3. AE Van Vogt is arguably the greatest Author of all time. Marooned on a strange planet with 1 Author's stuff to read I would be fine with AE Van Vogt. The ideas are mentally expanding. You will not see stuff repeated from elsewhere. No lame social justice BS. The only authors that come close or can be considered AE Van Vogt's peers are Jack Vance who inspired the game Dungeons and Dragons with the Dying Earth cycle, and wrote some of greatest space opera of all time, predating star wars which he [...]

    4. I never read any A.E. van Vogt before reading this and I won't be reading any again. The premise is intriguing if a little juvenile and pulpy. A novel needs two things to succeed: A good story, and good writing. This novel fails on both counts.Story:there doesn't seem to be any real coherence throughout the novel. The setting is weak and the background is thin. The novel chops and jumps between different settings that have very little relation, making the story not worth following. There are som [...]

    5. The Silkie is a fix-up novel by A E van Vogt. It’s actually 3 separate short stories that were originally publish in Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. The Silkies are at first presented as a group of genetically altered humans who can change form into fish, space ship, and human and act as space police for the human race. The main character is Nat Cemp who can do basically anything necessary to carry the plot along. While the stories had many awe inspiring concepts I just couldn’t get into th [...]

    6. A very strange collection of linked stories based on a race of super-humans capable of transforming themselves into three stages: human-like, aquatic beings and space-faring - literally becoming a sort of living spaceship.In 1950, Van Vogt had taken a decade long hiatus from publishing new material (excluding one non-genre novel "The Violent Man" published in 1962 based on a strange brainwashing method of converting American prisoners of war to eastern ways in China. He had opted to put all of h [...]

    7. The second time I've read this story. Not as entertaining as the first time (many years ago). It's a steady story, but done in the style of the time it was written (1969). The hero is pretty much a one-man (one being?) show who gets only a small amount of help from his allies. His weapon never changes and is hard to swallow as an effective solution (you'll have to read it to find out what that's all about).I'll not read it again.

    8. I searched on this one to see if it was here. It's not the edition I read, but then it was the first novel without pictures that I read in its entirety. I think I must have been seven or eight at the time. I don't remember. Reading it as an adult wasn't nearly the amazing experience I remember having had as a child.

    9. This read was totally not what I expected - very interesting however - A Silkie who is Alien - someone who can live aboard space ships and then go through earths atmosphere into the ocean Alien and then turn silkie/seal like and then into human. I learn something new from every book I read.

    10. Sometimes I wonder if something in my brain doesn’t work quite the way it should. I have very little time for Golden Age authors, but for some reason I keep on fooling myself that I have a soft spot for the works of one of them: AE van Vogt. I think his The House That Stood Still is very nearly a bona fide sf pulp classic, and some of his other novels can be entertaining in a not-quite-coherent way. But. He made his career out of the advice given in a how-to-write book, which basically said to [...]

    11. Nel complesso soffre dei difetti di van Vogt più che dei pregi dello stesso.Dopo aver letto diversi suoi romanzi purtroppo i difetti pesano maggiormente.

    12. Thin volume - complicated up enough to make the following easily lost. Our Silkie, Cemp, is the sole key to many, many problems. Not just any Silkie Cemp. And the universe folds into itself, expands out from its core and hits a resonating frequency - fairly competently handled each time by our man Cemp. The concept of core universal organisms that persist from the earliest days of the universe and therefore would affect and be affected by different rules than more recently evolved organisms was [...]

    13. Nat Cemp è un Polimorfo, un essere superiore frutto di mutazioni genetiche, che vigila sul genere umano. L'intero universo è accessibile a questi individui che possiedono tutta la conoscenza tecnologica della propria razza e del contesto nel quale vivono. Questa gigantesca saga narra la storia di Nat Cemp e dei Polimorfi i quali, nel perseguire la missione che si sono proposti, vanno a scontrarsi con coloro che amministrano le sorti della Galassia. Una nuova, avvincente storia di uno dei più [...]

    14. Van Vogt’s creation, the silkie is both human and fundamentally alien, integrating elements of “us” with the “Other”. Possessing senses beyond human understanding -enough to reframe the entire sensory network – the silkie sees the world through different eyes, yet it is forced to take a human mate and live as a human for periods of time. It is at home in the depths of the ocean and in the expanse of space, able to shift its form from an aquatic being, to a human form, to a space-fair [...]

    15. I first began reading and then soon realized this novella is quite good. In fact depending how I choose on understanding of good and bad dialogue and twists in story plot. There it was a surprise for it starts then seems to almost end with a few chapters of the book. Simple rules in The Silkie. How there are sketches of its outline in events and fulfils descriptive matter speculatively in a fantastic sort of way. Science fiction couldn’t have been this advanced when it was first written I supp [...]

    16. The saving grace of this book is the length. I haven't tried A.E. van Vogt before this and he is quite a prolific writer, so it is tough to decide where to jump in. One thing to noticed is the quotes on the back of the book claim this to be one of his greatest creations. So maybe I should start there. Well it had some interesting moments, and it was short and easy to read but in the end I just don't really care. It was pretty obvious that this book had originally been intended as three separate [...]

    17. One of the great disappointments of this novel (really a collection of short stories jammed into novel form) was the unreliable prose. It reads, at times, as if Van Vogt didn't give a damn about a sentence. Or decent dialogue. At times, the dialogue is so terrible I began mentally editing it, so I suffered less. What saves the book, I think, are some of Van Vogt's better passages: when he's fired up about a new concept he's trying to play with ("Logic of Levels," for example) -- only then does h [...]

    18. This was, I think, the very first "proper" sci-fi novel I ever read, in my early teens. One of the many around the house. Absolutely loved it and I've been hooked on the genre ever since.Silkies are aliens that live alongside humans. They can take three forms a space-travel form, a human form and a seal form. The story follows Nat Cemp as he becomes involved in discovering new Space Silkies (that claim they are old), plus an ancient enemy of the Silkies and discovers an asteroid filled with shru [...]

    19. This book was influential enough to inspire a rock band called The Silkie, which quickly vanished into history. Other than that, it serves as a good example of how not to write.Most of Van Vogt's stories are about super-beings, but he goes so far that his hero's powers seem ridiculous. In this one, the Silkie can turn himself into a spaceship. Just like that.The introduction (about five pages) is OK, but the rest of the book is Van Vogt at his worst: illogical nonsense.

    20. Classic SF novel about an alien species living in cooperation with humans. Nat Cemp is one of about two thousand Silkies who live on earth as a sort of galactic police force. The Silkies have the ability to change shape - human, fish, and space ship. There are three very separate stories in this book, about a mantis-like alien who eats his lovers, a galactic collector of worlds, and the ancient enemies of the Silkies.

    21. The ideas and stories strewn through this book are varied and quite interesting. The problem is that none of the ideas are fleshed out enough and none of the stories flow together well. Things like logic of levels were poorly explained and every time I read that phrase it meant very little to me.If this book were written better it would be up there amongst my favourites.

    22. A science fiction novel in which a metamorphic alien race called Silkies are embedded in Earth culture in three forms - human, mammalian sea creature and space-capable. Some suggestion the name 'Silkie' is given to them because of their sea-form (which is, however, not seal like).

    23. A disjointed effort from an author who wrote some of my early sci-fi favorites. Makes me wonder what he was smoking when he did this one.

    24. A Silkie - vagy ahogy én hívom, az űrbálnaember. Magyarul az 1985-ös 8. Metagalagtikában, Elek István fordításában. Érdemes!

    25. Vogt does turn traditional reality on its ear and flip it a few times! A characteristic I like.

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