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Plot[ edit ] Canopus, a benevolent galactic empire centred at Canopus in the constellation Argo Navis , colonises a young and promising planet they name Rohanda the fruitful. They nurture its bourgeoning humanoids and accelerate their evolution. When the Natives are ready, Canopus imposes a "Lock" on Rohanda that links it via "astral currents" [2] to the harmony and strength of the Canopean Empire. In addition to Canopus, two other empires also establish a presence on the planet: their ally, Sirius from the star of the same name , and their mutual enemy, Puttiora. For many millennia the Natives of Rohanda prosper in a Canopean induced climate of peaceful coexistence and accelerated development. Then an unforeseen "cosmic re-alignment" puts Rohanda out of phase with Canopus which causes the Lock to break.

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Shelves: sci-fi , politics , religion , gave-up-on This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: "refused-to-finish". The main problem with this book is that the writing is bad. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in literature for this series, so I had high hopes that at a minimum the prose would be good. Not even a little bit.

There have been precisely two moments in the pages I This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: "refused-to-finish". There have been precisely two moments in the pages I read where the writing rose to the level of "not bad".

The rest was tortuous monotony. The second problem with this book is that it thinks it is being clever when it is really not being very clever at all. The central conceit of this book is that all the stuff from the Bible is actually literally true, but misunderstood.

So, for example, the Giants mentioned in Genesis were actually a different breed of alien brought from another planet to act as mentors for the indigenous humans. The long life-spans from the geneology sections of the Bible? The Flood happened literally, although the rain lasted for "nearly 2 months" instead of 40 days, and although Noah escaped by going to a very high mountain instead of building a boat.

Soddom and Gomorrah? Burned to cinders by space lasers. Wikipedia: "A shaggy God story is a minor science fiction genre characterized by an attempt to explain Biblical concepts with science fiction tropes. Now maybe Doris Lessing had never heard the term and was completely unfamiliar with the trope, but the most charitable thing you can possibly say is that she ignorantly recycled a very well-trod genre cliche and then did a very poor, unimaginative, and boring job of it.

Her entire ideology is some frightful all-or-nothing choice between total individualism, self-interest and greed and absolutely losing oneself in the collective we remember that "substance-of-we-feeling"? The majestic Canopeans who play the role of God with thinly veiled patience, slumming it as mere deities for the sake of their troublesome human charges put the service of the Greater Good above all else, to the point where they choose where to live based on where they can do the greatest good irrespective of friendship or family.

This could be a morally fraught and emotionally charged aspect of their culture, were it not conveyed with such mind-numbing lack of imagination. She is outright in favor of eugenics, totalitarian rule, and mass slaughter in the name of ideological purity. Look, some of her politics I find rather personally reprehensible. I think even pro-choice people would cringe at lauding someone who "had three abortions, because the men did not seem to her to be originallyenough minted from the human stock to make their progeny worthwhile".

I mean, "safe and legal" is one thing, culling the genetically inferior is another. First: they are pretty universally bad. Not many folks are really going to stand up and clap for the eugenics movement. Secondly: you have to wade through terrible writing and awful cliches just to get that far.

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Doris Lessing - Shikasta

Lessing, Doris. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, Fico cientfica inglesa I. Ttulo CDD - Composta, at agora, de quatro livros, nela Doris Lessing constri o mais apaixonante e tambm o mais crtico painel do drama do homem na busca de sua identidade. Para tanto, essa prodigiosa escritora recapitula em Shikasta toda a nossa histria, desde os seus primrdios at os ltimos anos do "Sculo da Destruio" o sculo XX.

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Doris Lessing

Here she begins a series of novels, Canopus in Argos: Archives, set in some future time; novels transcending realism altogether, yet reinstating it within a space-age setting. She has created what she calls "a new world for myself," self-consistent and with infinite possibilities, "a realm where the petty fates of planets, let alone individuals, are only aspects of the rivalries and interactions of the greater galactic empires: Canopus, Sirius, and their enemy, the Empire Puttoria with its criminal planet Shammat. This book is completely different from anything she has written before. The second novel in the series to be published shortly - The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five - is again different, resembling a fable, a legend of the simplest and even the most classic sort. The third novel in the sequence, The Sirian Experiments , makes the most radical departure. It is told in the voice of a female official of the Empire of Sirius, a bureaucrat by nature and by thousands of years of experience, whose personal odyssey carries her into a new understanding of cosmic evolution. Doris Lessing, at a point in her career when many writers are content to recast earlier themes, has simply put her past behind her and taken the risk of going on to an entirely new beginning.

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Shelves: sci-fi , politics , religion , gave-up-on This book is so terrible that I added a new shelf: "refused-to-finish". The main problem with this book is that the writing is bad. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in literature for this series, so I had high hopes that at a minimum the prose would be good. Not even a little bit.

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