I not sure about his views on meditating and telepathy, but he presents an intriguing view of humans. Nov 22, Sarah Rigg rated it liked it. I initially picked this up in an omnibus collection with "Starseed" because Spider was scheduled to be at Penguicon the year I read this. He ended up having to drop out because Jeanne had some kind of serious medical condition. Anyway, I'm glad I read it- it was enjoyable, and you can tell it was informed by Jeanne's many years of teaching dance. It's expanded from a Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella. I thought it had some interesting ideas I hadn't seen in other sci-fi but I wasn't so in love wi I initially picked this up in an omnibus collection with "Starseed" because Spider was scheduled to be at Penguicon the year I read this.
I thought it had some interesting ideas I hadn't seen in other sci-fi but I wasn't so in love with it that I felt the need to get the rest in the trilogy right away. This novella won awards when it was published in It's a story about dance and first contact and a darned good one at that. Definitely worth reading. Dec 11, Barry rated it really liked it. Loved it. I've been waiting to get to this for decades and it was worth the wait. There are a few instances of Spider's glibness but not enough to get in the way. Jul 28, MissM rated it it was ok Shelves: read Note: I'm actually reading this version: The Stardance Trilogy but I'm adding them separately so I can review them individually.
Stardance is just OK. It's not bad and it's probably more of a 2. The thing is, this book was written in first as a short story; later expanded to full novel length and it reads like it. It's very outdated and really comes from a mentality of 70's "hippies" and that "crunchy granola" culture of the era. Everyone in the Note: I'm actually reading this version: The Stardance Trilogy but I'm adding them separately so I can review them individually. Everyone in the book smokes pot. All the time, in all kinds of environments including space!
And while I'm not crazy anti-drug, it's just overdone and feels forced. There's a frankness about sex that's also very firmly part of the time period and it makes this book definitely not YA friendly. I just think it's a bit too mature in it's approach to drugs, casual sex and other adult themes for a young reader.
The book also suffers from being heavy-handed on a pseudo-philosophical level, trying to be much too full of it's own self-importance. Oh and there are vast technical inaccuracies in the book such as the multiple times he discusses playing audio and sound in the vacuum of space but those can be [mostly] overlooked as a product of the time in which it was written and lack of knowing better. At the end, the extremely bad stereotype American bad guy is such a disgustingly trite character, he becomes parody.
It's insulting how often Robinson manages to blatantly slander Americans throughout the book. It's just stupid and needless. In addition to repeatedly disparaging Americans, there's also a lot of things that are very dated in terms of being not politically correct. The idea is interesting, but too much of the story is spent on attempted literary masturbation by the part of Robinson and just winds up being uncomfortable to watch [read] a lot of the time. Shelves: sf. I have a friend who reads a lot of science fiction, something I used to do a lot of myself. I keep an eye open for him when I pass used bookstores, yard sales and the like.
I found this book at the sole remaining used bookstore in Chicago's East Rogers Park neighborhood, the Armadillo's Pillow. Having read some of Spider Robinson previously, it seemed a safe bet. Indeed, it being by Robinson was sufficient to get me to look at it personally before handing it off--and this despite the bad cover a I have a friend who reads a lot of science fiction, something I used to do a lot of myself.
Indeed, it being by Robinson was sufficient to get me to look at it personally before handing it off--and this despite the bad cover art and the odd dance theme. Surprisingly, it was good: good kick off, very near future stuff, a recognizable world and a believable narrator. Indeed, the book started as a novella in the seventies, went on to become a trilogy and is set initially somewhere around , mostly in Canada or in near Earth orbit.
It was, in other words, familiar, an easy read, the only offputting element being the fact that the main characters are, or were, in the dance community. What does dance have to do with science fiction? As it happens, dance is made to have quite a lot to do with zero-gravity environments--and eventually with transforming humanity.
Note that the first chapter, the prize-winning novella, is the best part of the thing, good enough to impel one through the expansion and, perhaps, through the two succeeding novels. Personally, I'll probably stop here and hand this book off to another friend. She's no science fiction reader, but she, like Jeanne Robinson, runs a dance company. First of all, this novel isn't just based on the short-story by the same name; the first several chapters ARE the short story.
If you've read the novella, you'll remember how the story went on for a couple dozen pages, and then the last two pages summed up what happened afterward. The novel goes until the climax of the novella, and then the last three quarters of the book are the "what happened afterward". And then some. Do I think the novel added anything to the story? No, not really. In my opi First of all, this novel isn't just based on the short-story by the same name; the first several chapters ARE the short story. In my opinion, the short-story was perfect. It won a Hugo award, and for good reason. The novel actually detracts a little, because in some places it cancels out what happened in the original story.
Not too badly, but I'll read the short-story differently now, and not in the best way. Do I think the book is still interesting and fun to read? You get to find out what happens next, you get all the tidbits of life and choreography in zero-gee the section with the experimental dance involving syringes carefully placing spheres of different colored liquids to hang in mid-air while shining lights through them was FULL of some really neat imagery , there's romance and just a bit of sex, and it eventually goes into a REALLY weird storyline involving non-humans.
And not just the ones that appear in the original "Stardance" story. It's unique, it's well thought-out, it's worth reading. I haven't decided if I'll bother with the rest of the series. Jun 23, Ryan rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction.
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Robinson is an excellent writer, he does an fantastic job in pulling you into the story even a story like this one about dancing in zero gravity--why in normal circumstances would I care about that? He has great clever bits of dialog and does credit to the genre with sci-fi innovation. I give the book such a low rating because this is the second book by him that I have read which resorts to a cheap, out of character, and unreasoned action by a character in order to throw in an obligatory clima Robinson is an excellent writer, he does an fantastic job in pulling you into the story even a story like this one about dancing in zero gravity--why in normal circumstances would I care about that?
I give the book such a low rating because this is the second book by him that I have read which resorts to a cheap, out of character, and unreasoned action by a character in order to throw in an obligatory climax at the end. Twice now it's been a character who by experience has risen high up in business or politics and then makes some choice which is actually against his own interest, threatening the life of the main character and then forfeiting whatever gains he already had.
We readers are to assume this "bad guy" was either really stupid in which case how did he acquire his position or just plain evil what? May 02, Megan rated it it was ok Shelves: sci-fi. I highly recommend that everyone read old school sci fi from time to time, if only to giggle at how people in the 70s envisioned what society would be like and what technology would be available to us today. There are moments when this book is fascinating. I especially enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the dance choreography and the elaborate "sets" that could be envisioned in the zero-g environment.
In fact, I pretty much enjoyed all the descriptions of life in zero-g. But towards the end it go I highly recommend that everyone read old school sci fi from time to time, if only to giggle at how people in the 70s envisioned what society would be like and what technology would be available to us today.
But towards the end it got a little too touchy-feely, transcend-to-a-higher-plane, communal-love squishiness for my taste. Aug 06, Lela rated it it was amazing. I read this book when it was first published and I've read it numerous times since then. IMHO, it should be listed with the science fiction classics. It captures the yearning to travel off earth that I felt when I first started reading science fiction.
Don't get me wrong, it has some flaws. It feels as if it is a shorter story with a sequel, which knowing it was first published as a novella explains that impression. I wish Spider wrote more books with his wife. Most of his other books, just don' I read this book when it was first published and I've read it numerous times since then. Most of his other books, just don't appeal to me that much. But I have the ability to overlook flaws, when there is a great story that appeals to me. I was thrilled to find this, one of my all-time favorites, available on CD, and what's more, read by Spider Robinson himself.
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