The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance

The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance

The Memory of Whiteness A Scientific Romance In A D human civilization is scattered among the planets moons and asteroids of the solar system Billions of lives depend on the technology derived from the breakthroughs of the greatest physic

  • Title: The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance
  • Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780312861438
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 3229 A.D human civilization is scattered among the planets, moons, and asteroids of the solar system Billions of lives depend on the technology derived from the breakthroughs of the greatest physicist of the age, Arthur Holywelkin But in the last years of his life, Holywelkin devoted himself to building a strange, beautiful, and complex musical instrument that he caIn 3229 A.D human civilization is scattered among the planets, moons, and asteroids of the solar system Billions of lives depend on the technology derived from the breakthroughs of the greatest physicist of the age, Arthur Holywelkin But in the last years of his life, Holywelkin devoted himself to building a strange, beautiful, and complex musical instrument that he called The Orchestra.Johannes Wright has earned the honor of becoming the Ninth Master of Holywelkin s Orchestra Follow him on his Grand Tour of the Solar System, as he journeys down the gravity well toward the sun, impelled by a destiny he can scarcely understand, and is pursued by mysterious foes who will tell him anything except the reason for their enmity.

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    The grand theme of this book is music. I cannot think of much SF I've read where this was the case, or even a big factor: The three Crystal Singer books by Anne McCaffrey and a short story by James Blish, the latter being good and the former being OK.Robinson, on typically ambitious form, takes us on a tour of the solar system alongside the protagonist, a composer who develops a grand vision of how music and physics relate to each other at a fundamental level and creates music that gives people [...]

    The Memory of Whiteness remains one of my all-time favorite books. Beyond any moral, character, or idea, this book is the only novel that I've been able to see as a work of art. It feels, to me, the same way that one of those full-wall Salvador Dali paintings feels. It's just beautiful, and you don't know why, and you keep looking to try and figure out why, and it just keeps getting more beautiful, but it never really makes any more sense. That doesn't mean that this intricate world doesn't make [...]

    The Memory Of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance, is Kim Stanley Robinson’s third book, and from what I can gather his most philosophical. In it, he tries to tie a few threads of thought together: how determinism ties in with quantum physics and free will; art as representation of reality; how human thinking corresponds with reality & direct and indirect kinds of knowledge. The device KSR uses to connect all this is music.The Memory Of Whiteness is philosophical musings first, and story secon [...]

    When I stumbled upon this book in the bookstore and read the description I was immediately intrigued. Being a musician, what could be a more interesting read than blending music in with my Sci-Fi, which I also love. I have scarcely heard of such books in sci-fi, so I imagine there aren't too many with a musical theme, so I immediately purchased the book. I began reading shortly after and was immediately drawn into the book and the world created by Robinson."The Memory of Whiteness" is the story [...]

    Autant le dire tout de suite, j’ai rarement lu de livre aussi puissant par sa construction et par les réflexions dans lesquelles il plonge le lecteur. Et du coup, pour tout dire, j’ai rarement lu de livre aussi bien.Un petit résumé Je rerésume, parce que la quatrième de couverture est encore une fois odieusement mauvaise, fausse et dénuée d’intérêt (pourtant, j’ai acheté ce bouquin sur la foi de cette susdite quatrième de couverture). Donc, ce roman nous raconte la grande tour [...]

    The Memory of Whiteness is Robinson's third novel, after The Wild Shore and Icehenge. It's a very unusual book, to me, it really stands out in Robinson's oeuvre. Much of his work deals with science and many of the characters are scientists. In this novel science plays a large role in this novel as well but this time it is not so much the process and the ways it can change the world but rather the world view that is influence by a scientific theory. The first time I read it, in 2006 I believe, I [...]

    I debated whether to put three or four stars. I read this book as a (weird) young person, and it was lent to me by my equally weird friend, who had a year on me. And when we read it, we couldn't stop talking about it. It was huge for us, because, like us, it was, well, weird. It was very surreal. We talked about it and talked about it, and one day her books disappeared, we think her mother sold it in a yard sale. So, about three years ago, she found a copy, and we were both shot right back to ab [...]

    I read this when I was seventeen. At the time, it was a perfect mix of music, drugs and science, all of which were interests of mine. What blew my mind was the way that it shook my ideas about free will - something I had always taken for granted and never really questioned. Since then, my views have evolved, but I still find the ideas presented here compelling, and I can credit this book with opening my mind on the subject.In terms of personal impact, then, this is a 5 star book. I am giving it [...]

    This had such an unusual and interesting premise that I had to pick it up. I am a fan of Robinson's "Mars" trilogy, but hadn't read much else of his novels. In this case, I was fascinated by much of it, but kept being dragged out of the story by two things. One was a cutesy tendency of the narrator to break the fourth wall at awkward moments, addressing the reader directly. The other was that I never once found the giant musical instrument to be believable. Yes, I could believe six kinds of impo [...]

    "The Memory of Whiteness" е сред първите книги на КСР (1985г.) и е по-лирична и философска в сравнение с по-късните му, знакови творби. История за Смисъла, детерминизма и свободната воля, но и история за връзката между изкуството и науката. XXXIII век, човечеството се е разпръснало из Слънчева [...]

    A very beautiful book, especially for those who love music enough to learn some music theory. Robinson employs the language of music in the service of science fiction, and the blend is excitingly fresh and lyrical, merging the boundaries of these seemingly separate experiences.

    Lots of this book was way above my head - musical theory not being a strong point - and sometimes I found myself scanning the dense, monotonous descriptive parts, but I found the general concept, dialogue and unfolding travel through the Solar System interesting enough to keep me going to the end.

    KSR is one of my favorite authors and I really wanted to like this. I can't even excuse it as being an early work, given how good The Gold Coast wast. The mysticism was boring and inscrutable. Perhaps it is interesting if you are really into music? I don't know.

    Sorry Kim, you are my favourite author but this is a big NONO! I won't force myself through this.

    Robinson is strong on ideas, but week on character and plot. My enthusiasm for the big ideas behind this book, physics and my sic, isn't quite enough to translate to enthusiasm for the book, personally.

    He saw that they were all working together at the first step of the species' break from the home world, and he understood that if the first step were taken successfully, with balance, they could run from star to star all across the night.A great space opera but a second tier KSR novel.Holywelkin was a brilliant physicist whose Ten Forms of Change unified relativity and quantum mechanics and allowed humankind to bring sunlight and 1g gravity -- and thus civilization -- to the far reaches of the S [...]

    On page 146Reading this instead of his most recent one. The combination of physics (much of it speculative) and musical composition is quite startling. It is difficult to imagine the Orchestra as anything more than a gigantic form of one man band and we see Holywelkin as a one man band at one point. There has been an undescribed event at some point which has spun chunks off the sun so there are small suns, "whitsuns", providing extra light to some planets and their moons and there are settlement [...]

    4 stars. i liked this one quite a lot. quite different from Robinson's usual story. it's a far future sf, vividly set on a space opera stage. makes me think of stuff like Keith Roberts' Pavane, that kind of story, though it's easy enough to see Jack Vance in it too. the worlds are interesting, but the big deal is the main conceit: a galactic culture based on music, the nature of the interface between the audience and the work, and the nature and influence of artistic principles in engendering ch [...]

    In which a half-mad musician travels the solar system in the 33rd century on a Grand Tour concert. He plays a unique instrument called the Orchestra, invented by a reclusive physicist whose discoveries radically transformed the human understanding of the universe, and he is convinced that he can use it to capture the mathematical structure of reality in the form of music. A weird little book. Haunting, somehow, and uneven. Sometimes as minutely structured as a concerto, and other times as impres [...]

    This novel takes place about twelve hundred years from the present. In that far future era, humanity has colonized the entire solar system and created a seemingly improbable but enthralling family of utopian societies. The main character of the story is a master musician and the plot follows a performance tour he makes of numerous human habitats and settlements. A key element in this novel is The Orchestra, a complex and mysterious musical instrument possessing powers far beyond that of normal i [...]

    I will begin by stating that this is NOT a romance novel. It is a story which takes place in the year 3229 and follows the musical tour of Johannes as he plays a one man instrument known as, "The Orchestra". It gets very complicated with a major plot point being attempts made on Johannes life/safety. I am still a little foggy on the details of what life-altering knowledge Johannes discovered. The descriptions of his music were done in a way to mystify and attempt to explain it's weirdness. The a [...]

    This book, as long-lived as the elements,Or as the world's form, this all-gravèd tomeIn cypher writ, or new made idiom ; We for Love's clergy only are instruments ;When this book is made thus,Should again the ravenousVandals and Goths invade us, Learning were safe ; in this our universe, Schools might learn sciences, spheres music, angels verse. -John Donne, "Valediction to his Book"I enjoyed much of The Memory of Whiteness, but found the ideas somewhat impenetrable, given that they were explor [...]

    This was KSR's second book, and it is as strange and wonderful as all the rest. It is particularly unnerving to read it after having read the Mars Trilogy and 2312, as several elements from those books are present here -- he definitely took some concepts from this book and spun them out into full length novels.What is it about? I guess you could say "The Music of the Spheres." It's dense and sometimes unfathomable, I often feel like I am not quite intelligent enough to fully grasp what's going o [...]

    This is probably the weirdest of KSR's books that I have read - it starts off with a musician going blind and ends with some fantastically trippy scenes which I'm not sure have profound thoughts connected to them (unlike some other books). Very good for those that may not read sci-fi, or want to blend physics and music - and one of the best pure stories (rather than worlds which happen to have a story going on) that KSR has written.

    One of the most interesting science fiction novels I've read. It blends a narrative about the future with a strong sense of historical change over time. The characters are well conceived, and the descriptions of the worlds visited superb. This novel is not for everyone; the author pushes back against the idea of a page-turning thriller. Nor will the ending be universally appreciated. Nevertheless, a novel about the relationship between music and physics is worth one's attention.

    another reread - or rather, attempt at reread. Not sure at all why I kept the book. Impenetrable, unlikeable, no 'music' to it for me. I'd read a little, put it down, read a little more, put it down - until I finally got to the point where I decided it was simply not worth my effort, skimmed a bit, peeked at the end, and gave the book away.

    On page 75 of my copy a character says, ". . . You must allow me to defend the act of writing about music." The protagonist answers, "It needs defending . . . I can't imagine anything more futile." The author is writing about music, which is futile - and it makes this book unreadable!

    I understood little to nothing of what I read and yet I soldiered on. Why? I feel like a failure if I can't finish a book. I have overcome that sentiment and now feel very comfortable giving a book a DNF rating.

    Terran and I have consulted, and neither of us really remembers what happened in this book, only that we loathed it. It may be a mental block to protect us from continued pain.We're not sure, but we think it had something to do with a one-man orchestra traveling through the solar system.

    I have forced my way through worse books. But this is pretty far down the heap. I don't get a lot of joy from KSR's writing on the best of days, but this is by far his most dreadful effort. (At least, of those that I've bothered to pick up.)

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