The Chronoliths

The Chronoliths❴Reading❵ ➺ The Chronoliths Author Robert Charles Wilson – Scott Warden es un hombre perseguido por el pasado y pronto también por el futuro En la Tailandia de comienzos del siglo XXI Scott es un vago en una comunidad costera de expatriados prácticamente in Scott Warden es un hombre perseguido por el pasado y pronto también por el futuro En la Tailandia de comienzos del siglo XXI Scott es un vago en una comunidad costera de expatriados prácticamente incapaz de sostener a su mujer e hija Entonces un día es testigo de forma inadvertida de un acontecimiento imposible la aparición en el boscoso interior de un pilar de piedra de casi setenta metros No se trata de un objeto ordinario Su llegada colapsa los árboles en un cuarto de kilómetro alrededor de su base congelando el aire y emitiendo una descarga de radiación Parece estar compuesto de una exótica forma de materia y la inscripción tallada muestra la conmemoración de una victoria militar dentro de dieciséis años Entonces poco después un pilar aún mayor aparece en el centro de Bangkok obliterando la ciudad y provocando miles de muertos A lo largo de los años siguientes la sociedad humana ueda transformada por estos misteriosos visitantes al parecer llegados desde el futuro reciente ¿uién es el guerrero Kuin cuyas victorias celebran Scott no uiere más ue reconstruir su vida pero un extraño bucle de causalidad lo arrastra sin cesar hacia el misterio central y una extraña batalla con el futuro Tensa emotiva rigurosa y emocionante Los cronolitos es otra maestra de uno de los mejores autores de ciencia ficción de la actualidad. In a lot of ways this is an excellent novel full of well conceived characters driven by a slowly disintegrating society Add suddenly appearing strange eventobjects the Chronoliths and watch our near future implodeThis is not an action fueled novel It is family driven obliuely and curiously propelled by the inclusion of old colleagues and the slow social collapse of our world Think Spin but not with the stars disappearing Just add big monoliths that suddenly warp space time appearing in the middle of jungles or places all over the world have them commemorate some near future battle and see how YOU would do with such knowledge The most important read best part of this novel is the worldbuilding The social interactions the sideways decline And the main characters They managed to make me care uite interesting The details are especially fine In The Chronoliths the world is rocked by the sudden arrival of massive obelisks or chronoliths which appear to be a future conueror's monuments to battles that have not yet occurred As the chronoliths continue to appear the world descends into economic and social chaos Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer and this is standard fare for him a character story involving normal people caught up in major world altering preternatural eventsWhile The Chronoliths has an interesting premise it is flat and intensely boring at times Much of the action occurs elsewhere when the viewpoint character is not present Wilson fails to use the chronoliths' potential They are fascinating objects but they are reduced to a setting a mere backdrop by which our hero Scott Warden looks retrospectively on his life To make matters worse Warden is unlikable and apathetic We often get the sense that he isn't involved in the story but rather that he just happens to be standing there when the story occursWilson almost always surprises the reader with something completely unexpected at the end Unfortunately there are few surprises here The chronoliths turn out to be disappointing and less interesting than expected Overall The Chronoliths was anti climactic Whereas most Wilson novels leave the reader feeling awed I finished it thinking Is that it? If you're a Wilson fan you may enjoy this one but it is hardly Wilson's greatest achievement If you haven't read Spin or Blind Lake I suggest going there first This is a fine mix of Big Idea SF with human drama on a much smaller scale The Big Idea is a conueror from the future named Kuin who is somehow able to send massive monuments to his victories back in time where they stand invulnerable and ominous over the lands he is destined to conuer The first ones are in Thailand but over the next few years they appear all over Asia Some materialize in relatively unpopulated areas but some appear in the middle of cities flattening them with shockwaves Scientists determine using hand wavey physics that these chronoliths are indeed from the future which means Kuin really is going to conuer all of Asia in about twenty years This sets off global turmoil Some prepare to fight; others begin urging accommodation or outright capitulation By the time Kuin's chronoliths are appearing outside of Asia there are entire Kuinist militias and organizations and of course innumerable warlords in the now devastated Asian warring states claiming to be KuinThis is the backdrop of the story which is really about Scott Warden and his family Scott is a kind of mediocre husband and father slacking off in Thailand when the first chronolith appears there Being one of the first witnesses to the first appearance of the chronoliths inescapably binds him to the events that follow over the next few decades As he is told by Sulasmith Chopra the scientist who studies the chronoliths and believes that Kuin can be stopped there are no coincidences Scott goes through a divorce his ex wife marries a Kuin accommodationist his daughter as a teenager hooks up with a young Kuinist ideologue who turns out to be a psychopath which brings Scott together with the psychopath's mother His drug dealing friend from his time in Thailand reappears as do all the other characters we meet over the course of the bookIt's Scott's interactions with his family and friends that are the heart and soul of this book The characters are not all vivid or interesting but they are distinct and they each have a purpose in the story and Scott narrates a compelling story as he weathers a long brutal economic downturn that turns even the US into an impoverished country works for Sulasmith Chopra trying to understand who Kuin is and what the chronoliths represent travels to Mexico to save his daughter from Kuinists who have gone on a haj to see the manifestation of the first chronolith in North America and finally goes to meet his destiny in a climactic confrontation in WyomingKuin is basically a MacGuffin; ultimately it doesn't really matter who he is or if he even exists It's what he represents that drives all the world events With the rules of time travel Wilson establishes in this book cause and effect are looped together so we are finally able to understand why all the small human dramas Scott was involved in add up to something of greater significance at the end Wilson's take on time travel is intelligent and subtle and by keeping Kuin a mysterious off screen presence whose very existence remains in doubt he makes the whole thing plausible without having to deal with paradoxes parallel universes and the like Wilson has thought through all the implications and if the end of the story seems like a bit of an anti climax it's also one that makes perfect senseWilson's writing is straightforward but occasionally he waxes almost poetic He's one of those writers who likes to show off his vocabulary yet even the tech and time travel physics infodumps were brief and clearAlthough this wasn't the most wonderful book in recent memory or a true masterpiece it's definitely a hidden gem of high uality and I came very close to giving it 5 stars Given the elouent but clear writing it's a science fiction novel that a non sci fi fan might well enjoy since the time travel and near future history is only background for the characters and the plot which drive the story I give it 45 stars; it's very good I just didn't uite find it uniue or mindblowing or the characters memorable enough to make it awesome Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past and soon to be haunted by the future Time travel only it is backwardsIn early twenty first century Thailand Scott is an expatriate slacker Then one day he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event the violent appearance of a 200 foot stone pillar in the forested interior Its arrival collapses trees for a uarter mile around its base freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter And the inscription chiseled into it commemorates a military victory—sixteen years in the future Invasion from an unknown general from a future timeShortly afterwards another larger pillar arrives in the center of Bangkok obliterating the city and killing thousands Over the next several years human society is transformed by these mysterious arrivals from seemingly our own near future Who is the warlord Kuin whose victories they note? Everything is connectedScott wants only to rebuild his life But some strange loop of causality keeps drawing him in to the central mystery and a final battle with the futureIn this dystopian novel the world retreats from the future threat that is seemingly unstoppable DifferentEnjoy I read Spin before I got around to this one It is definitely by the same author A great big idea premise set within the occurrence of a random fantastic phenomenon and 'real' people and family must deal with it The Spin story was much exciting and developed but the approach was similar What stood out with The Chonoliths was the writing itself It bordered on poetry in placesRobert Charles Wilson may have found his voice with this one I thinkA good read On the positive side this book did have interesting ideas It unfolded nicely over a span of several years cataloging changes and effects showing economic downturn how people's way of living changed There were moments when I was engaged and interested in what was going to happen nextBut I found these moments were few and far between I couldn't stand the narrator the kind of guy who screws up his first marriage and manages to shakily repair his relationship with his daughter barring a few mishaps Maybe that archetype just hit too close to home Nothing very much seems to happen in between the Chronoliths touching down It appears to be building to a conflict that never really happens And the violence Men get hurt and tortured but of course it's always worse for the women There's a semi graphic rape scene and whenever a woman gets into a bad situation rape is always part of the violence Realistic or not I found that unsettlingThe book is worth checking out for ideas of time travelparadoxdestiny but I found it dull The ending and much of the book itself was unsatisfactory In our near future the chronoliths start arriving out of thin air across the world – enormous destructive monuments to conuests that according to the engravings won’t occur for twenty years Scott writes his memoir telling of his presence at the arrival of the first chronolith in Thailand and the set of extraordinary experiences that keep his life entwined with the mystery and the slim hope of averting global disaster The chronoliths arrive from the future and they bring with them a bending of reality a shift of the rules of time and coincidence and destiny that has very intimate conseuences for Scott and his familyDude It’s a proto Spin Seriously – we’ve got the fictionalized memoir style the near future setting and focus on the global sociological response to disaster the blend of abstract theory and intense character work Not as good as Spin as you might expect if we assume this really was Wilson’s warm up book – the memoir style is unfocussed and a bit wobbly here the drama yanked a bit too taut in places some shiny theory of the temporal physics of coincidence used to justify some otherwise indefensible plot devices without actually illuminating those devices as it could have I also saw the endgame coming uite far offBut if you ask me ‘not as good as Spin’ is still saying a whole lot Wilson has a real flare for both sink your teeth in science and for compelling personal character work Unusual for the genre sad to say He also deals with big sociological change in impressive detailed ways And I just like his books They make sense to me; they work on a rhythm I’m naturally tuned to intellectually and emotionally The puzzles appeal to the philosopher in me and the writing feels comfortable and right not coincidentally I think Wilson and I have a congruent prose styleTime has an arrow Sue Chopra once told me It flies in one direction Combine fire and firewood you get ashes Combine fire and ashes you don't get firewoodMorality has an arrow too For example Run a film of the Second World War backward and you invert its moral logic The Allies sign a peace agreement with Japan and promptly bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nazis extract bullets from the heads of emaciated Jews and nurse them back to health The problem with tau turbulence Sue said is that it mingles these paradoxes into daily experience In the vicinity of a Chronolith a saint might be a very dangerous man A sinner is probably useful This is the third book I've read by Robert Charles Wilson along with Spin and its seuel Axis and he is now on his way to becoming one of my very favorite sci fi authorsShortest version RCW writes the kind of fiction I hope I can write one day His stories all have big ideas at their heart but he does rich and deep world building around them All the hard work he does imagining the diverse ways people and society would react to those big ideas succeeds at making the ideas seem much real And because of that he is able to write stories that bridge the gap between big idea and personal character driven drama That's not an easy task but it's central to writing good science fiction and RCW is one of the very very best I've ever read at carrying it offSpeaking of The Chronoliths in particular I just liked everything about it I liked the initial mystery I liked the characters I liked the way RCW wove together their personal struggles and tragedies in the context of the great world spanning crisis I like the way his world building filled out the story without distracting from it And above all else I like the way that he brought all the different threads together for a climax that was satisfying both intellectually and emotionally This is one of those books that seems so real to me that not only can I not stop thinking about it when I'm done reading but I keep wanting to know what happens next in that world Just because it feels like a real place that should have an ongoing history The one warning I'll note here at the ending however is that RCW is in the literary sci fi tradition which means there isn't as much action or plot based excitement as is fairly common in other sci fi books Instead as I mentioned it's primarily a character driven approach I like that a lot but it's different enough from the conventional approach thought not at all uniue see C J Cherryh for example to let people know aboutNOTE I listened to this book on Audible It is narrated by Oiver Wyman and he's not my favorite Something about his voice just rubs me the wrong way It was a lot less of a problem here than in the Monster Hunter series where eventually I just stopped listening but I figured I'd note that as well At the time I read this book it was uite simply one of the best SF books I had ever read This book made Wilson my favorite SF authorIt starts with an intriguing SF concept what if a giant pillar appeared in Bangkok marking the victory of a future warlord? What would be its impact on society? How could such an event come about and why must people in the future send mementos to the past?On this premise The Chronoliths fully deliver in intrigue surprise twists and clever thoughtful SF But what makes this novel a masterpiece in my eye is how every bit of clever SF is actually wrapped in very human eventsThe protagonist of The Chronoliths is a normal guy living in a fantastic time He suffers marital difficulties insecure lacks confidence That is not to say he wallows in self pity far from it; but his choices whenever they are made are rooted in believeable poignant humanityRobert Charles Wilson is such a great author in my opinion because even though he writes about grand concepts he never loses sight of his characters Too often SF authors are so lost in their grand SF plots that they end up propping cardboard cutout characters against their fantastic stories Wilson not only outdoes them in the scale of his ideas but his concepts resonate so much that we see them happening through very human eyesI cannot recommend this book enough If you like it know that Wilson's style is consistent and that other novels of his I recommend Spin in some ways superior to this one are filled with the same sense of wonder and deep humanity Well I’m settling into life here in my adopted country Bermuda is an interesting place Both culturally and ecologically It’s a very small place like 21 suare miles And even though I didn’t think I’d ever have to explain it to anyone it’s very isolated I didn’t think I’d have to explain it to anyone because well I dunno I just assumed people knew where it was located hint It ain’t in the CaribbeanRegardless it is sub tropical And it’s isolated This means that it was practically devoid of wildlife when people arrived and began colonizing The early ship wrecked folks that discovered the place plopped pigs down on the island to breed and live so future ship wrecked folks would have something to eat when they inevitably were marooned here And they were In droves It was called all sorts of horrible sounding names by sailors who mostly felt the place was haunted or cursed or filled with monsters or whatever I’ll probably talk about all that in later reviews I suppose cause I think I’ll end up reviewing a non fiction book or two about the island and its history before too awful long I’m running so way far behind on reviews I’m only getting worsePoint of all that is that there aren’t any predators here No snakes no raccoons possums deer wolves lions scorpions or any of that Not really that many scary insects at all Except for spiders Although even with those the only venomous ones are the same as we have in the states Brown recluse and Black widows There are a few things to be aware of Not to creep you out at all but there are giant flying cockroaches enormous slugs and oversized poison spitting toads I’ve been told stories of small dogs being killed by these toads because they’ll bark at them and get poison in their wide open barking mouths There are also cute creatures like lizards of varying sizes singing frogs that are just barely larger than a fingernail and all sorts of birds that I’ve never seen in the states before We moved into our new place and I’d been warned before hand that I’d need to be constantly vigilant in keeping out cockroaches and ants So I started spraying immediately with the most potent poisons I could get my hands on I learned that the poison will kill the cockroaches But not deter the ants So we walk in every day and find dead cockroaches littering the floor and a stream of ants carrying off the body parts Not what I had in mind Got to see a lizard in my bed this morning Scurrying around the bed trying to find a way out they can it must be said climb right through a closed window Not very comforting to watch happen which I did when it scurried right on out of the house when I scared it away trying to get it to take outside Discovered one of the those giant slugs eating the dog food in the kitchen a few days ago Nothing could prepare me for the horror of that I didn’t know they’d come in your house and do that I asked locals about it and was told none of them had EVER seen or heard of that happening in their lifetimes being on the island So I’m not sure what to do with that Anyway this novel It starts with our hero living on an island From there stuff happens and it’s all pretty good I didn’t like this novel as much as I did Spin which was pure genius it has been a long time I hope I still feel that way but it was still pretty great I’d recommend it I don’t remember what it was about Maybe time travel I’m just left with the slightly warm glow of joy at how good it was So there

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  • Paperback
  • 307 pages
  • The Chronoliths
  • Robert Charles Wilson
  • Spanish
  • 13 September 2016
  • 9788484216513