The Gods Themselves, Paperback
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In the year 2100, the invention of the Electron Pump - an apparently inexhaustible supply of free energy - has enabled humanity to devote its time and energies to more than the struggle for survival, finally breaking free of the Earth.

But the Electron Pump works by exchanging materials with a parallel universe, and such unbalancing of the cosmos has consequences.

Humans and aliens alike must race to prevent a vast nuclear explosion in the heart of the Sun - and the vaporisation of the Earth exactly eight minutes later ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780575129054



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This is a truly masterful piece. A sudden realisation gives birth to a system that provides unlimited power by sucking it out of an alternate universe. Of course everybody jumps on that and before long, the people of Earth live in a paradise where almost nobody has to work. In the other universe, their invention of the system solves the certain extinction they are faced with as all of their suns are extinguishing. But nothing is for free and some disgruntled people discover the ultimate price that will need to be paid. But nobody on either side wants to switch off their glorious accomplishment...Isaac gets deep into the heads and characters of the persons involved, and also describes a unique alien race in the other universe. This is a book that will stimulate your intellect long after you finish it. Reading it again and again will give you more and more insight and realisation just how ingenious this book is.

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