Blind Lake

Blind Lake

Book - 2003
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Robert Charles Wilson, says The New York Times , "writes superior science fiction thrillers." His Darwinia won Canada's Aurora Award; his most recent novel, The Chronoliths , won the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Now he tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a mysterious but hopeful universe.At Blind Lake, a large federal research installation in northern Minnesota, scientists are using a technology they barely understand to watch everyday life in a city of lobster like aliens upon a distant planet. They can't contact the aliens in any way or understand their language. All they can do is watch.Then, without warning, a military cordon is imposed on the Blind Lake site. All communication with the outside world is cut off. Food and other vital supplies are delivered by remote control. No one knows why.The scientists, nevertheless, go on with their research. Among them are Nerissa Iverson and the man she recently divorced, Raymond Scutter. They continue to work together despite the difficult conditions and the bitterness between them. Ray believes their efforts are doomed; that culture is arbitrary, and the aliens will forever be an enigma.Nerissa believes there is a commonality of sentient thought, and that our failure to understand is our own ignorance, not a fact of nature. The behavior of the alien she has been tracking seems to be developing an elusive narrative logic - and she comes to feel that the alien is somehow, impossibly, aware of the project's observers.But her time is running out. Ray is turning hostile, stalking her. The military cordon is tightening. Understanding had better come soon... .   Blind Lake is a 2004 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003.
ISBN: 9780765302625
0765302624
Characteristics: 399 p. ;,21 cm.

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Basileus
May 12, 2015

I read this SF book about 10 years ago, but it has always stayed in my mind due to the concepts and ideas it presented. So I re-read it the other day and found I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Recommended for those who like Sf with just a bit of the mystical.

Pierre_biblio Aug 29, 2013

I have liked everything I have read from R.C. Wilson, and this one is no exception. I found it a little hard to get into, but once it got going, I had to read it relentlesly until I was done. Fine character development, and I had to keep on guessing on the why of the character's predicament until very late in the book.

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moemoecrew
Nov 03, 2008

More hard sci-fi

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