PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters)

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Celestial Matters

Summary Celestial Matters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle In the world of Celestial Matters Ptolemaic astronomy and Aristotelian physics are valid scientific models of the surrounding world and cosmos The Earth lies at the center of the universe surrounded by crystal spheres which hold each of the planets the sun and the moon all enclosed in the sphere of the fixed stars Earthly matter composed of the classical four elements of earth air fire and water naturally moves in straight lines Heavenly matter naturally rises and moves in circles This is the universe as understood by the ancient GreeksThe science of the ancient Chinese also applies but as the novel is told fr. Commander Aias of the Celestial Ship Chandra s Tear is charged with heading up operation Sunthief using a ship to steal a piece of the sun and drop it on the capital city of the Middle Kingdom the enemy of the Delian LeagueThis is one of those books that s hard to classify Can something be classified as hard sf if the science in uestion is that of the ancient Greeks and eually ancient Chinese That s right Celestial matters is part hard sf part alternate history The Delia League is a Greek Empire founded on the spurious science of the ancient Greeks which works in this universe Spontaneous Generation farms are used to create animals Space is full of air The humors govern the health of the body The Delian League is at war with the Middle Kingdom which is an eually large empire built upon Taoist scienceAs you can tell the world behind Celestial Matters is a very interesting one once you wrap your head around the science That being said while the story is good the writing drags It took me about seventy pages to be fully invested in the book It s not a light read and the science takes a bit of getting used toStill I recommend this to alternate history fans who are into the ridiculous and magical science of 2000 years agoI m floating this because it reminds me of the book I m currently reading uintessence

Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle

Summary Celestial Matters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle E Their technologies are locked together however and neither empire can gain the upper hand Each side secretly despairs of its chances and has come to consider desperate measuresThe story is narrated by Aias of Tyre a scientist of the Delian League who is preparing to embark on Project Sunthief as scientific commander This project is an audacious and desperate mission to sail a spaceship carved out of a piece of the moon herself out through the spheres to catch a piece of the sun and bring it back to earth to annihilate the Middler capital city This the league hopes will finally end the war and give it victory. I loved the way the author took early ideas on science and physics and created working technology around them

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Summary Celestial Matters ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle Om the perspective of the Greeks it is less well understood Xi the Chinese notion of spirit and flow can be manipulated to move objects and energy The Chinese five elements of earth metal water wood and fire are transmuted one into the other Part of the central theme of the book is the two system's mutual misunderstanding and bafflement of each otherIn this world the Delian League Greeks and Middle Kingdom Chinese have been fighting a war for nearly a thousand years ever since the time of Alexander the Great when the warrior culture of Sparta and the Athenian Akademe were fused into a half world conuering forc. A fascinating and very well executed novel of alternate science It s set in a world in which what Aristotle posited about the nature of the world four elements rotating geocentric celestial spheres four humour based medicine etc are actually true Mostly More on this Further it s a novel of alternate history for which the point of divergence appears to be that the Peloponnesian War never occurred Rather Athens and Sparta united in the Delian League and eclipsed Macedonia culturally and militarily Alexander as a League general instead of a deified emperor lived until old age His tutor Aristotle used his science to create new weapons of war that led to an even larger and much durable Hellenic empireIn the time of the novel s setting the world is essentially divided in a forever war between the Greek Delian League and the Chinese Middle Kingdom with the battle lines in Tibet and central North America The time period is never uite specified it s said Alexander s empire has lasted a thousand years which would put it about 700 AD but the feel of the setting with motorized ships and space travel is 20th Century The needs of the great war have led to accelerated science but atrophied culture with philosophy and history both low prestige disciplinesI ve talked mostly about the setting rather than the plot but honestly the setting is the reason to read the book It s a clever conceit that s executed well with a first person narration that drops you into the deep end of an unfamiliar world but doles out details on its rules in a steady fashion as the book goes on This includes not just science but culture as the characters of the book hold to ancient Greek traditions the Olympic pantheon funeral games inspiration from the muses a Spartan sense of honor and a huge classical influence on the ideals of heroismMy biggest ualm with the book is the way its final act developed which stepped into the realm of world saving world shaking heroism The too neat conclusion was justified by a little divine intervention though I suppose one could argue that is itself authentic to the material s inspiration Regardless it felt a little narratively implausible I d have felt it to be earned if the novel s conclusion had been the end of a trilogy that started on a very grounded level and only gradually raised the stakesI was also left with uestions about the world Though by the end I understood the Aristotelian physics undergirding the universe rather well in a confusing twist the Taoist model of the universe ALSO turns out to be true The novel never really explains how two contradictory models of reality can be true at the same time the narrator and protagonist figures it out but doesn t actually tell us what he s figured out Given that the author thought out the implications of both physics models with great care that suggests he didn t uite suare that circle eitherBut altogether it was an enjoyable read at least for someone like me who is vaguely familiar with Aristotle A lover of speculative fiction with no background might still enjoy the story I can t say how that experience would be different or the experience of someone who s actually an expert in Aristotelian or Taoist physics The writing style seemed accessible though I m not particularly picky on that matter particularly well done seemed to be the narrator s habit of periodically expressing regret for not noticing something important foreshadowing future developments without giving it away


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  1. says: Summary Celestial Matters PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle

    PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Commander Aias of the Celestial Ship Chandra's Tear is charged with heading up operation Sunthief using a ship to steal a piece of the sun and drop it on the capital city of the Middle Kingdom the enemy of the Deli

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    Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) I can't review this objectively because my husband wrote it I think it's brilliant naturally but better check some other people's reviews

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    Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle Summary Celestial Matters This was definitely worth reading both for the steampunk and silkpunk content and as a speculation on ancient Greek science which we of course ignore now that we have real scientific evidence of how the universe works I hav

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    Summary Celestial Matters PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle As every great best science fiction book Celestial Matters is not just science fiction for the sake of itself Scientific fiction or uite literally in this case fictional science is a means to point out some otherwise poorly considered themes of our ordinary world a strategy to devise mental experiments which thanks to their anomalous appearence draw the readers' attention on specific topicsThe main focus of Celestial Matters th

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    Summary Celestial Matters PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle A fascinating and very well executed novel of alternate science It's set in a world in which what Aristotle posited about the nature of the world — four elements rotating geocentric celestial spheres four humour based medicine etc — are actually true Mostly More on this Further it's a novel of alternate history for which the

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    PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Describes a world in which Aristotelian Physics are real the Delian League of Alexander the Great never collapsed and they now do battle against the Middle Kingdom China by attempting to steal a piece of the sun

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    PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Give the author a marginal amount of credit for attempting to be creative That one positive said all else is bad about this book I presume the author must have believed his audience would have zero familiarity with ancient Greece and

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    Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary Summary Celestial Matters This is a book I always wanted to exist without realizing it I am so glad someone wrote it in real life

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    PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) I loved the way the author took early ideas on science and physics and created working technology around them

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    Summary ¹ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Richard Garfinkle PDF/EBOOK (Celestial Matters) Richard Garfinkle ☆ 5 Summary A really excellent book which I heard of ra

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  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Celestial Matters
  • Richard Garfinkle
  • English
  • 10 January 2020
  • 9780312863487