The Memory of Earth Paperback
Part of the Homecoming series
The planet called Harmony had been settled by humans nearly forty years before.
The colony had been placed under the care of an artificial intelligence, the Oversoul, high in orbit.
This master computer had one overriding command: guard the people of Harmony.
But now the Oversoul is itself in danger. Soon, within a thousand years, catastrophic war will break out on Harmony unless the Oversoul can be repaired.
The master computer has determined that it must be taken back to lost Earth; someone on Harmony must be given back the knowledge of space travel in order to save the planet from destruction.
For one family, about to be caught up in an approaching civil war, life will change for ever.
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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 04/02/1993
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781857236965
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Review by rufty
OSC has always been fond of mixing religion into his books. This book could be considered to start asking the question, "what if God was a gigantic supercomputer in orbit that remotely controls us all". After all, who hasn't asked that question?Joking aside it is an interesting description of a society that once was advanced and forced themselves and their descendants into a more primitive life in an attempt to find a greater quality of life. To enforce this they have a computer that watches over and maintains the society until it is ready for greater things. However what happens if they never reach this stage and the computer starts to break down?So we have the story of a group of people who begin to find this out and start the journey to fix it. Once again OSC seems most interested in telling stories of characters who you may or may not care about. The problem i had was that OSC didn't spend much time making me care for the characters before putting them in peril - which is fine, if the peril is short lived/interesting, however it wasn't and I didn't find it so.Not a bad book, but I'm in no rush to read the next one.