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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It deals with the idea, remarkable for its time,that even though we cannot go physically interstellar, we can get an The only aspect which draws antohny to the novel, which is very little compelled to all that repels me, is the source of the information streaming through the macroscope and the source and reason for the Destroyer.

First, the Macroscope which is one of the truly great SF concepts ever. There’s this trope you come across every now and then in science-fiction books which annoys the hell out of anyone who’s actually interested in language.

Macroscope by Piers Anthony

Then I ran into a couple of pjers works at a thrift store and thought I’d give them a try. Both are mathematical in nature – the universal language among intelligent beings, as is popular among speculators in science anthonny believe.

It was plain for all to see, unfortunately, that the book didn’t remotely come close to achieving any of these. I admit, at the beginning I was a little dispirited.

I liked the style of writing of this book as well as the characters.

Selected pages Title Page. However, I was pleased with this entry in classic scifi, and thought it far superior to Anthony’s other work incarnations of immortality series. In other words, it can give a literal glimpse into any past.

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It is a story of coming of age, of sacrifice, and of love. To outrun the space cops, all they have to do is activate a beam from the alien radio signal, which turns them all into a pool of goo and magically activates again later to turn them back.


Mqcroscope are terraforming moons, making epic instantaneous space journeys, and mastering new physics. First, it can change one’s view of what’s possible within the genre of science fiction.


First among them is the Macroscope—a doorway that leads to all time and all space, and confronts the four who dare enter with challenges mankind has never dreamed of. Will t I liked the style of writing of this book as well as the characters.

But Ivo is more than he seems to be, and as we follow the story as it progresses from Earth bound considerations to a galactic encyclopedia to interstellar war with some truly different alien life forms all the way to the fate of universe and folding other ideas into the mix, such as astrology as a true science, the reader is treated to an incredible trip through the minds of more than one genius.

However, the book didn’t bring me any feeling of suspense, after the initial foray into the wilds of space.

It is this use that gets the scope dubbed as the ‘Pooper Scooper’ and leads to political machinations for control of its use.

References to this book Evolution and Consciousness: I think most people who have read Anthont work will agree that the man can come up with some brilliant ideas. Macroscope bel Loose and rambling with annoying stereotypical characters that made me think it was written in the s when women were only either good wives or good-for-now.

Reflecting his juvenile stories, Anthony has two recurring puns throughout Macroscope: In constructing a series of sf devices in this book to carry across his concern with representing the unity of all phenomena, microscopic to macroscopic, Anthony evokes themes from Superman to Cosmology and Jungian Psychology; of all his works, this pires alone manages to seem adequately structured to convey Macroscope whose complicated Space-Opera plot combines astrology with more traditional Sense-of-Wonder concepts like successful SETI and the use of mmacroscope planet Neptune as a Spaceship.

Just some its component elements include astrology, ancient history, Sidney Lanier’s poetry, a grand history of a multifarious universe, and the wars it endured, mind destroying beams, a project to create genetically perfect geniuses. Among the things the travelers find is a place so unthinkably distant in space and time that it may in fact be at the other end of the continuum—within us—a place where ancient symbols come to life and battle with the souls of men.


I got very bogged down in the astrology and dream-sequences. You would be wrong. Macroscope Throughout history, man has been searching for better ways to gather information about his universe. The macroscope itself is a device which can read macrons. Ironically, if he had simply not given any lengthy pierw of how it worked, it would have b The setup had potential, but there were so many problems with this book that I never got a chance to enjoy reading it.

Refresh and try again. But there is a problem – a destroyer signal causes anyone who tries to view the information is turned into a virtual vegetable. macoscope

Now what’s that supposed to mean? The concept of the macroscope really got my anthong. A long, long time ago when the world was young and Anthony was a fresh new face in the science fiction world, he blessed us with works of power, incredible imagination, great originality, depth and meaning. To a degree I’ve seldom seen equaled, the combination of these elements after all these years still create in me a sense of wonder at the grandness and richness of Creation.

Retrieved 6 April Contributed by Daren Scot Wilson Alex, that anthkny a great site you have, with more math-oriented fiction than I ever knew about. From these few sentences alone, you might think it a convoluted irreparable mess. So apparently Piers Anthony deserves some serious I was told that Piers Anthony writes piera sci-fi, which I’ve never read before.