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What would have made Fade Out better?
The story is highly dated and many of the political rants theories the author expresses have been proven false. Perhaps if there was less ranting and more plot/story/character development...
Any additional comments?
Some scifi ages badly. Most political thrillers age badly. This is a bad combination of both
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Reviewers who call this book boring fail to see the point or enjoy the fact that this book is about the human response to an alien invasion, not the aliens. It is not an action thriller. It is a discussion of what would go on in human minds and bureaucracies. I found it very interesting.
However, I am the sort of person who does not need fast action or plot driven stories. The deliberations of the American government and of the scientific researchers as they tried to understand this thing and the consequences were fascinating. I marveled through the whole book how the author could discipline himself to take a low-key, non-sensational approach to such a momentous topic. It's really the only first encounter book I've ever read that I didn't think was stupid. That's right, First One. And I read a lot.
I also note that Evan Greenberg's reading was also fabulous. He captured the deadpan caution of the bureaucrats perfectly and did not fall into the annoying habit of some readers of trying to 'act'. I read books so that my interpretation can take precedence. He did me the kindness of leaving himself out of it.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Fade Out?
Well before its time, a Sci-fi novel that is thoughtful, brave enough to be real, with political and scientific characters in the lead yet no 'hero' in the modern sense. There are elements of Independence Day, Star Trek the movie, Starman, Forge of God, Close Encounters, yet this predates them all.
What did you like best about this story?
The novel asks questions and doesn't treat the reader like a child who needs everything tied upneatly at the end, indeed it asks you to extend and project the story on your own to imagine your own conclusions to elements of the plot which are left open to you. Where most modern novels would be looking for a trilogy to maximise the revenue this novel launches itself, in the final scenes, into a fascinating 'what if' scenario and then trusts the readers own imagination to carry on the story. A alien craft is detected approaching earth which creates such interference that scans reveal nothing and tracking becomes impossible. The interference grows to effect communications and power networks and the governments of the earth question is this an unintentional byproduct of the crafts presence or an act of aggression. The questions are played out in eeal time with sufficient political and scientific realism to engage without confusing. Throughout you genuinely don't know what might happen as the story refuses to follow predictable paths, always surprising you.
What about Evan Greenberg’s performance did you like?
The narration is good in that it doesn't get in the way of 'telling'.
Any additional comments?
Those who miss those seventies dystopian Sci-fi films and novels where there really might not be a happy ending, where questions where open and answers something you could speculate about for months afterwards, should enjoy this novel. Those who need dramatic three act story arcs where the hero gets the girl and saves the day (and the dog never dies) should get this novel to experience what has been lost in the modern Sci-fi novel. They justdo n't write them like this anymore.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Very good, disappointing ending could have been better but gets you thinking about what could be.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful