Dark universe daniel f galouye

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dark universe daniel f galouye

Dark Universe by Daniel F. Galouye

Its tricky to do a whole lot of world-building in just 154 pages, even if that world, as in Daniel F. Galouyes Dark Universe, is small and confined by nature. The trick is to be telegraphic, to let every line convey something about the plot, characters and setting all at once -- or to just let the world building take care of itself, let the readers imagination do that work. I realized, as I read through this, that I prefer the latter.

I mention this because right from the first page, Galouye made the choice I favor less, and went a little overboard, to the point of raising goose eggs on my noggin with his invented slang and cursing and expressions of folk belief. This is a post-apocalyptic (nuclear war), underground world, and, as the title might just suggest, one in which there is maybe not so much light, but that does not mean that every other word coming from a characters mouth needs to be Radiation this and Light that. To say nothing of substituting period for day in the context in which gestation means, more or less, year. How could I not snicker like an adolescent?

It all reminded me more than a little bit of the South Park episode in which the Otters and Ostriches and other warring atheist types would use science as a substitute for god in common locutions. Oh my science!

And speaking of that, that same episode of South Park featured one Richard Dawkins, who named this book as his pick for brilliant sci-fi that got away. And one can see why it would be dear tobhis heart, for the novels hero, Jared, spends most of the story calling his peoples cherished shibboleths into question and facing the consequences. Well, of course thats why he would like it.

To focus on either of these qualities -- annoying overuse of invented locution or hero-as-heretic -- is to miss whats amazing about this novel, though. I return to the world building, for Galouye has created a philosophers delight of a universe, in which no one can recall what light or darkness actually are, and everyone has come to rely on other senses -- mostly hearing and smell -- to get around, to grow food (a must-be-engineered fungus they call manna that provides not only food but fiber and building material as well), to fight off predators (giant mutated soubats), and to perceive each other. As is legendary about the blind, these other senses are exquisitely highly developed in the dwellers of Galouyes underground world -- except among an offshoot tribe, the Zivvers who, it turns out, can see into the infrared spectrum, and are thus the only people in this story who actually use their eyes. They are rare exceptions to the rule here, though; everyone else echolocates, using clickstones and a giant central echo-caster to perceive their small world.

Galouye put a lot of thought and care into developing these cultures, and achieved something frankly marvelous thereby. That the plot of the story is a hackneyed coming-of-age/what-really happened narrative doesnt matter. Galouye succeeds in immersing the reader in a sightless cave of a universe, and in the process leads her to think about something she has always taken for granted, is taking for granted even as she reads his words: light (silent sound Jared calls it at first, struggling for words to describe the phenomenon to himself), and what it might be like to encounter it for the first time after generations without it.

Who would have thought a retelling of Platos Allegory of the Den could be so absorbing?
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He had begun to publish sf with "Rebirth" for Imagination in March , and appeared frequently in the magazines for about a decade with such tales as "Tonight the Sky Will Fall! Galouye's first novel, Dark Universe , a Pocket-Universe tale see also Conceptual Breakthrough , remains his most popular and is probably his best it was nominated for a Hugo.
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What an unusual read. I picked up a copy before heading off to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky the longest cave system in the world , read twenty pages, and decided to wait until after the cave tour. Plot Summary some spoilers. Then after a period of time, humanity descended deeper underground altogether losing the ability to create light. Instead, the people developed various skills aided, perhaps implausibly by mutations from radiation including the heightened ability to hear — the sound waves produced by clicking stones enable Jared and his people navigate the cave passages. The society they have formed deep underground away from the light clusters around hot springs that are mysteriously going dry.

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The human experience is a visual one. While each of the five senses has its function and importance, we rely primarily on our eyes to navigate the world. But is it? While their eyes may technically still work, they are useless. Hearing and smell have become the operative senses for interpreting the world. Over the generations, even the memory of sight has become forgotten, and many inhabitants of this subterranean world spend their lives with their eyes tightly shut, their hair grown long over their face.

Dark Universe is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Daniel F. Galouye , [2] first published in It is currently in publication by Victor Gollancz Ltd as a collector's edition. The book was nominated for a Hugo award in The Survivors live deep underground in a world of complete darkness, divided into two clans, one living in the Lower Level and one in the Upper Level.


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    Dark Universe is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Daniel F. Galouye, first published in It is currently in publication by Victor Gollancz Ltd as a.

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