Book Title : The Gods Themselves
Author : Issac Asimov
Genre : Science Fiction
ISBN : 9780553288100
Publisher : Spectra
Publication : 1990
Pages : 293
Binding : Paperback
In the twenty second century Earth obtains limitless, free energy from a source science little understands : an exchange between Earth and a parallel universe, using a process devised by the aliens. But even free energy has a price. The transference process itself will eventually lead to the destruction of Earth's Sun - and of Earth itself.
Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun. They know the truth - but who will listen? They have foreseen the cost of abundant energy - but who will believe? These few beings, human and alien hold the key to Earth's survival.
My Rating : ☆☆☆☆
The Gods Themselves was gifted to me by my husband on my birthday this July after he had introduced me to Issac Asimov at the start of this year. And like all the books I have read so far, this one didn't disappoint either.
The book is written in three parts. The first part - against stupidity, builds up the background for the whole story - it starts with a discovery, goes on to the invention and ending with the ill effect the invention will have in the future. But the problem is, no one is willing to hear the truth of the disaster hidden behind the invention. The first part was a complete page turner.
The second part - the gods themselves, deals with the para men and their universe. This part of the book is most interesting. The way he has described the aliens and their lives is amazing. I totally loved the concept of their early stages and their evolution - sort of made me feel like the concept of yin and yang but with the need of a binder to come together. The last few pages where the whole evolution process is explained is extremely well written and the end is quiet unexpected.
Third and last part - contend in vain is the concluding part which provides a solution to the problem presented in first part. On the whole, this part has been most disappointing. I was hoping for some more alien human interactions or at least some mention of the alien community. Furthermore, the solution provided though practical and feasible, is completely unrelated to original invention. So it seemed like the last part was complete cut off from the whole book except some small mentions.
Overall an interesting read and a fast paced book for you to pick up.