The Stardroppers

The Stardroppers From the back cover A Stardropper got its name from the belief that the user was eavesdropping on the stars But that was only a guess nobody really knew what the instrument did The instrument itself m

  • Title: The Stardroppers
  • Author: John Brunner Unknown
  • ISBN: 9780879970239
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • From the back cover A Stardropper got its name from the belief that the user was eavesdropping on the stars But that was only a guess nobody really knew what the instrument did The instrument itself made no sense scientifically A conventional earpiece, an amplifier, a power source all attached to a small vacuum box, an alnico magnet, and a calibrated tuner WhaFrom the back cover A Stardropper got its name from the belief that the user was eavesdropping on the stars But that was only a guess nobody really knew what the instrument did The instrument itself made no sense scientifically A conventional earpiece, an amplifier, a power source all attached to a small vacuum box, an alnico magnet, and a calibrated tuner What you got from all this was some very extraordinary noises and the conviction that you were listening to beings from space and could almost understand what you were hearing What brought Special Agent Dan Cross into the stardropper problem was the carefully censored news that users of the instrument had begun to disappear They popped out of existence suddenly and the world s leaders began to suspect that somehow the fad had lit the fuse on a bomb that would either destroy the world or change it forever.

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    1. review of John Brunner's The Stardroppers by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - August 27, 2013 Ah ha! This is the type of science fiction that helped form my young brain! &, yet, it didn't b/c I hadn't really read anything this good yet or had I? The early SF I remember being exposed to was by Heinlein, & Clarke, & Asimov, & many others none of whom do I remember being quite this sympatico w/ me But there must've been something I read akin to this b/c it resonates so much w/ me now th [...]

    2. Though I enjoyed it, this story has too much going on. It's not that Brunner leaves any loose ends, but he's got electronically mediated telepathic contact with aliens, leading to a shortcut in our "natural evolution" that would have eventually given us mental powers such as teleportation, telekinesis, and possibly precognition. I balk at the presumption that evolution has a progressive course, and especially that it's destined to give all sentient species--even his postulated ones with radicall [...]

    3. This was an enjoyable short sci-fi book. I would say that it is a sci-fi detective style story. Dan Cross has been sent to investigate the "Stardropper" craze over in England. These are radio-like devices that emit strange, but engaging sounds. People don't know where the sounds come from, but many get obsessed with the hobby. The story involves Dan going around London looking into this craze and finding an entire conspiracy behind it. It's a good Brunner book. I look forward to reading more of [...]

    4. Let's get this out of the way, up front: This is a cheesy science-fiction thriller from the 70s. If you don't like any of the words in that last sentence, this isn't the book for you. Now, this is an Excellent cheesy sci-fi thriller. Brunner wrote some obscenely high number of books in his lifetime. I've read a bunch of them. This one is my favorite, by a long shot. It's just so WEIRD. Some guy invents an impossible radio, it sparks a world wide craze, an also spies care? People are vanishing? I [...]

    5. Just an old-school 70's science fiction book with all of the things you'd expect. Lots of drugged-out hippies except instead of drugs, they're all listening to alien transmissions and wasting their lives away!It's an interesting read from both a sci-fi and a historical perspective, but it ends right as it seems to be just starting. Worth reading though, especially since it only takes a couple hours and I picked it up from the library book sale for 25 cents!

    6. First Brunner I've read, likely not his best work. I love the cover, as a side note, of this DAW edition. Anyway, what's good: concepts of language and a spy story. What's bad: concepts are sketchy and spy story eventually seems lame. I want a rewrite. The novel just seems to go nowhere for too long, and then when it does, it dumps a lot of info at the reader - which just made me dubious about the whole storyline.

    7. Simple story based around being to intercept alien knowledge via a Stardropper, a radio type device that appears to pick up the static of the universe until some people learn how to extract ideas from it.

    8. One of those -70:s science-fiction novels, you know the kind I'm talking aboutNo deep or complicated story but the phenomenon (in this case the new invention "the stardropper") is interesting and the book is very easy to read.

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