Jem

Jem En un futuro muy lejano la Tierra vive un equilibrio precario la poblaci n crece inversamente a los recursos y una suerte de guerra fr a divide el mundo en tres bloques irreconciliables Con el descu

  • Title: Jem
  • Author: Frederik Pohl
  • ISBN: 9788445074671
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • En un futuro muy lejano, la Tierra vive un equilibrio precario la poblaci n crece inversamente a los recursos, y una suerte de guerra fr a divide el mundo en tres bloques irreconciliables Con el descubrimiento de Jem, un planeta rico y habitable, surge la oportunidad de empezar de cero Sin embargo, toda esperanza de renacimiento de la humanidad se desvanece cuando, a trEn un futuro muy lejano, la Tierra vive un equilibrio precario la poblaci n crece inversamente a los recursos, y una suerte de guerra fr a divide el mundo en tres bloques irreconciliables Con el descubrimiento de Jem, un planeta rico y habitable, surge la oportunidad de empezar de cero Sin embargo, toda esperanza de renacimiento de la humanidad se desvanece cuando, a trav s de un juego hip crita de alianzas con las especies aut ctonas, los colonizadores reproducen la arrogancia y el salvajismo que los hab a condenado, importando el m s antiguo producto de la industria y el ingenio la guerra.

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    1. I actually finished the book yesterday. But this book made me think very hard and I am still unsure of how I feel about it. It definitely is a 4-5 star book. Yet, because of the strength of the book it also losses a star. It was too true for me. And hence the issue before me. Just because I found the truth of human(ity) too hard for me to comfortably read,does that mean it should be given a star less? Or should i go by the point that the book is so well written, too well written I think. Again P [...]

    2. 4.5 stars. Another classic science fiction story by Pohl. Great world-building of a future Earth split into three factions and all vying for control of a new planet (aka JEM). Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1980)Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1980)Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1980)

    3. Although ostensibly a story about first contact and colonising another planet its real focus is on how the politically rival forces on earth rip each other apart and, exporting such tensions to the new colonisation expedition, how the colonisers nearly do the same to each other there as well.Initially I found it quite hard to get into and I wasn't particularly enjoying it for a long part of the story. It failed to convey the wonder of space travel and exploration of an alien planet. Things picke [...]

    4. Jem was written in 1980. In context, the 1980s were the later stages of the cold war, which saw the two dominant super-powers: America and the Soviet Union square off against each other in covert operations and subterfuge. The Soviet war in Afghanistan happened in 1979, and the People's Republic of China was starting to make themselves known on the world stage. On the back of this, Pohl wrote Jem, a future novel where the world has consolidated into three political blocs: Food, Fuel and People. [...]

    5. This novel deserves 3.5. It was very slow to start and was packed full of racial stereotypes, but the last third was very good and there were some very strong women present throughout. I didn't like how 90% of the men in the novel were sex-obsessed assholes who badgered women to have sex with them despite the women saying no. I mean, maybe it was a just a couple guys, or just Ana's perception of men, but it seemed like everyone but Dalehouse was a pig, which isn't very fair to men. The book was [...]

    6. What an odd book.This book was published in 1979, a time of oil shortages and famines, still very much at the height of the Cold War. So what feels pretty dated now was incredibly relevant then.Three world factions, locked in a power struggle, representing those who own the oil, those who can grow all the food, and then a somewhat pathetically portrayed communist bloc. All of the factions are pretty terrible, but they're portrayed as especially incompetent.Anyhow, they discover a new planet thro [...]

    7. I have probably read this three times now, first time was probably in 1979 or 1980.The first time I read it, I was 19 or 20 and I was initially very taken by the newly discovered world and its alien species. I was looking for a complete exploration of the 3 species, their biology, culture and their world, but instead I was disappointed that the book focused so much on the humans, and political strife back on Earth.Reading it again now, I realize that it was really an allegorical criticism of the [...]

    8. Hard to get into but rewarding as the story evolved. I really struggled to get going with this book and was around 40% of the way in before I started to enjoy it. The characterisation was over the top but I think that was to help enforce the morals of the story about the perils of rampant capitalism, colonialism and nationalism and the inability of humankind to just get along and share what's needed rather than trying to lord ownership over one another. If read against when it was written during [...]

    9. What this book isn't: A novelization of the television show of the same name. Which I found outrageous. Truly, truly outrageous. However, I got over it pretty quickly as I kept reading.What this book is: An indictment of industrialism, capitalism, nationalism, and colonialism. If you don't want to see the darker side of some or all of these -isms laid bare, this may not be the book for you. I have conflicted-at-best opinions of all four, so a book where all four are taken to task was a fascinati [...]

    10. Pohl is considered one of the big hitters of 20th Century science fiction. He was tireless and prolific, writing and editing great droves of stories and books and founding important SF publications, sometimes cranking out a couple of novels and then creating a new venue for the genre before breakfast. So I certainly respect him and his contributions to SF, even if I didn't enjoy my first foray into his work, which I did not.I'm pretty sure I "got it." I don't think the deep and important themes [...]

    11. It was such a mess. The political blocs on earth didn’t make any sense to me and I felt like Pohl didn’t take the time to explain them so that they would make sense. So they felt too contrived. The characters were shallow caricatures. Danny Dalehouse was the only likeable character and there was no real pushback to the aggressive winner-take-all mentality even though everyone supposedly wanted to create this utopia. Danny, as likeable as he was, was a weak voice of reason. The whole concept [...]

    12. Why do bad things happen? Are wars and genocide the product of the actions of a few hyper-evil people? Pohl's answer in this novel is that major historical events are not caused by single figures of great virtue or great evil, but rather by the small actions of everyday people due to impulse, greed, and misunderstanding, with a large dose of chance. Pohl heaps scorn on the "brinkmanship" philosophy which argued that one can rely on one's opponents to recognize that your actions take things too c [...]

    13. A satire, surely, on imperialism and colonialism as a crisis-riden. resources scarce planet earth views Son of Kung, the first Earth-like planet within reach of its tachyon technology inter-stellar travel.Only problem is that Son of Kung - re-christened 'Jem' after the first colonists from the Peoples Bloc are swept aside - already has three sentient races. Pre-technology maybe, and living in evolutionary competition with each other, the populations of tunnel-dwellers. land-crabs and 'balloonist [...]

    14. Jem is not a light story, at times Pohl's commentary on human behaviour is almost cynical. Although parts of the novel appear to be a bit over the top, the author gives the reader plenty to think about. Pohl certainly does not spare us the darker side of human nature. Some science fiction likes to portray exploration of the stars as a scientific and humanitarian effort, one that will lead the species to an utopian future. In Jem, base human emotions such as greed, aggression and mistrust are mor [...]

    15. Ciencia ficción escrita en los setenta. Todo es guerra fría, vietcong y crisis del petróleo. Con mucho esfuerzo pero a velocidades taquiónicas se está colonizando el planeta Jem, con aliens muy extraños pero mentalmente idénticos a los aborígenes terrestres y su relación con civilizaciones tecnológicamente superiores. No es muy profundo pero en su último quinto mejora bastante, (view spoiler)[la guerra fría se transforma en hecatombe nuclear apocalíptico. Los dirigentes son tan irra [...]

    16. Rarely have I read such an apallingly negative view of humanity that's not a bad thing, but nevertheless, I didn't love the book. It's probably the most interesting work by Pohl I've yet read, however.

    17. In the 21st century the world is not a happy place. Resource scarcity is a major issue and Earth has split itself into three major power blocks, loosely called the Oil block, the People block and the Food block. They really don't enjoy an uneasy peace complete with friction and the constant threat of hostility.So when a new potentially habitable world is discovered, it is a mad scramble to reach it first to exploit the resources it may offer. Three key figures in the scientific and political com [...]

    18. This movie has from it's writing a clear sense of late 1970's fear and anticipation of what society will arise from the political governmental behemoths moving through the world. While published in 1979, it talks of governing blocks, of nations racing for status, of women being empowered but ruthlessly, and of the rules not to be broken by normals, but to be swum through by those gifted by power, money, status and a lack of ethics. So, we have a SF novel that has a few interesting pieces of actu [...]

    19. The Earth is divided among three factions, in a prolonged cold war, until a new habitable planet is discovered. The fragile balance falls apart on the homeplanet, while on Jem the native species are exploited, resources are harvested and the cold war politics are replicated.The characters are not particularly interesting (maybe except for the cynical Russian pilot), the story is rather long and is mediocre at best - while I really enjoyed Gateway and disliked the Quantum Cats, Jem is somewhere b [...]

    20. Very dark. Strange ending almost seems an afterthought instead of a wrap-up of the original story line. Maybe it's just my mood. Pohl's commentary of exasperation with the tendencies of humans to self-destruct.

    21. ‘The discovery of another habitable world might spell salvation to the three bitterly compelling power blocs of the resource-starved 21st century; but when their representatives arrive on Jem, with its multiple intelligent species, they discover instead the perfect situation into which to export their rivalries. Subtitled, with savage irony ‘The Making of a Utopia’, Jem is one of Frederik Pohl’s most powerful works.’Blurb from the 2001 Gollancz SF Masterworks paperback edition. (no 41) [...]

    22. Uno de los mayores méritos de la novela es la verosimilitud que logra a través de las explicaciones científicas que permiten hacer creíbles hechos que no eran posibles (o, por lo menos, que no fueron llevados a cabo) ni en 1978, su año de publicación, ni en la actualidad, como la colonización de un planeta muy lejano; esto suena muy Star Wars pero en realidad en la novela se representan muy bien conflictos de intereses económicos entre potencias, comportamientos mezquinos de algunos pers [...]

    23. This was a very interesting read. Pohl presents an Earth that’s over-populated and suffering great strain on almost every front. But, instead of grouping the nations by ideology – a democratic Western bloc vs a communist Eastern bloc – he groups the nations by resources. There are three blocs in the story: the Food Exporting Bloc (“the fats”), the Oil Exporting Bloc (“the greasies”), and the People (Labor) Exporting Bloc (“the peeps”). So, for instance, Canada, England, and the [...]

    24. I was incredibly disappointed by Jem. Now I love the Pohl I have read so far, particularly the way he explores areas of the futures other writers would not consider and giving us humans doing nasty things to each other because of the society they are in. However, whilst all this does exist in the text, this is not the Pohl I love. Instead this felt like Pohl imitating Arthur C. Clarke. His attempt to do "bigger picture" science fiction makes the whole story unfocused and diffused. And, as such, [...]

    25. Part of my effort to get through all the old science fiction sitting on the shelf.Prior to this, I read one of Pohl's short stories, "Day Million," and really enjoyed his witty approach. Stylistically and conceptually "Jem" hits a lot of the same notes and is really not a bad book overall. The characters are very human, with all the flaws and virtues necessary to make them interesting. The way in which the various country blocs vie for control of the planet, nicknamed Jem, is entirely believable [...]

    26. [3 and 1/2 stars]A book steeped in the politics of the time in which it was written (1980, which had seen decades of cold war wearing down the major world powers, and an increasingly resource-hungry world, etc). Here, all too believably, humankind transplants its unreflective self interest and greed into a new world, with tragic consequences. There are definite elements of satire here, but it won't provoke any smiles in the reader; at times it's chillingly bleak, and its ironic subtitle of 'the [...]

    27. This book is definitely dated, and not the best writing I've seen, hence three stars. It is thoroughly depressing, but only because it paints a realistic view of human colonization of other worlds. Earth is devastated by war and pollution, so we must seek out another place to live. Unfortunately the only habitable planet nearby is already occupied, so we become the colonialist invaders, pitching the three indigenous tribes against each other with a new concept to them - war. It's true that not a [...]

    28. Starting off as a somewhat standard space exploration story, with perhaps more governmental influence than usual, this book takes a dark turn to consider not unlikely paths of exploitation, greed, and misunderstanding, through the lens of patriotism. The last half of the book becomes this escalating train wreck that you feel compelled to read to see how far it travels.It ends on a "lighter" if still satiric note, for which I'm grateful. Somehow that made it easier to reflect on the book and set [...]

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