Macroscope [Piers Anthony] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Piers Anthony’s most loved works! A great interwoven exciting story . A “hard SF” novel by Piers Anthony, who usually writes fantasy, in which mathematics forms a basis of communication between humans and intelligent aliens. Macroscope by Piers Anthony – book cover, description, publication history.

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No eBook available Mundania Press Amazon. This novel takes us qnthony the breathtaking ranges of space as well as through the most touching places in the human heart.

Jan 19, Phil rated it it was anthpny. I would like to give it four stars for the many puers ideas in it using planets and moons as spaceships to punch through hyperspace; an intergalactic signal that if you’re intelligent enough to understand leads you down an inevitable logical chain that burns your brain out, lobotomizing you; the nature of the mysterious character Schon; the weaving of the work of Civil War-era poet and musician Sidney Lanier into the story.

That leads into something else I’ve kept noticing on this re-reading.

Paperbackpages. Ellie Arroway and the alien who has taken on the form of her long-dead father to ease the conversation.

Aug 30, Austin rated it liked it. Both are mathematical in nature – the universal language among intelligent beings, as is popular among speculators in science to believe.

Feb 03, Nicki rated it it was amazing. More than thirty years after I first read this book, the exposition and environmental lectures at the beginning are a bit dull, but otherwise it is just as wonderful as when I first read it. He becomes immersed in a plot to save the titualar macroscope, an instrument orbiting the earth. And the macroscope was very much a place worth going.


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Macroscope contains a similar example. With this instrument, man now has the power to discover any portion of any alien history it can find via the macroscope.

After all, the book is bursting with ideas and oddities. As my pile of long-ago-bought books dwindled, Macroscope came nearer and nearer to the top of piets to-read stack. Lots of strange flashbacks, great pseudoscience jargon and concepts. The macroscope itself is a device which can read macrons.

Now that I’ve read Anthony’s most acclaimed science fiction and I’ve found it unsatisfactory for so many reasons, I can finally put to rest any doubt that Piers Anthony has any writing skill which may intrigue me. Over time, and with further help from Ivo, the group watches a benign form the entire broadcast, which they come to call “traveller”.

Macroscope Macrosfope history, man has been searching for better ways to gather maroscope about his universe.

The lovely Rydra soon figures it out. That left some lingering questions: It is the story of man’s desperate search for a compromise between his mind and his heart, between knowledge and piets.


This is one of those very early works, and by some measures it may be his best, or very nearly so, standing with his Chthon and Orn as a seminal work that introduced ideas that are still fresh and very different from the standard run-of-the-mill A Wild Soup of Sprouts, Genius, and Astrology: Feb 23, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: My classmates and I played far too much of anthomy during class. Now what’s that supposed to mean? I’m conflicted, there are parts I really enjoy, and other parts that really annoy me.


Anthony’s work here is truly a microcosmic reflection of the very universe of which he writes. Leaving you embarrassed for the macroscope, for the book, for Anthony, for science fiction I admit, at the beginning I was a little dispirited. I’m mcaroscope familiar with Piers Anthony from his light-hearted fantasy series Xanth that I read as a youngling nerd, so it was very interesting to read this early, much more serious and ambitious science fiction novel of his.

They have two grown daughters. Armed with the ability for interstellar travel, wars broke out that destroyed countless civilizations. Lists with This Book. And that was it Among their many discoveries are numerous planets and two intelligent alien races.

Early in the book Brad complains that the population of 5 billion is unsustainable unless mankind reaches the stars, but he doubts their ability and maturity to do so.

By analyzing information carried on macrons, this unbelievable tool brought the whole universe of wonders to man’s doorstep. However, I was pleased with this entry in classic scifi, and thought it far superior to Anthony’s other work incarnations of immortality series. Finding my copy again, I read it again and loved it even more. A mixture of languages!