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by Greg Bear


An atlas of seventy thousand worlds.

An atlas of seventy thousand worlds. Half the entourage wants off before the trip begins, but ten thousand others have applied. How far can we go? End to end, theoretically, but the atlas covers only about one percent of the galaxy. Anything else is exploratory, and we’d need to change our trip description. I think you’ll be satisfied to see a couple of dozen known worlds.

The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called the best working writer of hard science fiction by The Science Fiction Encyclopedia. Many of his novels, such as Darwin’s Radio, are considered to be this generations’ classics.

Greg Bear has written 44 books in total. Greg Bear was also one of the five co-founders of the San Diego Comic-Con. Beyond Heaven's River (1980). Strength of Stones (1981). Blood Music (1985) Hugo, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards nominee, 1986; British Science Fiction Award nominee, 1986; Nebula Award nominee, 1985.

Beyond Heaven's River book. What was Bear shooting for? The story revolves around a WWII-era Japanese pilot who was kidnapped by aliens and forced to live on an alien planet for 400 years while they observed him. I won't spoil it, although the ending is a letdown.

Beyond Heaven's River. Yoshio Kawashita is a great warrior until aliens whisk him away during World War II.

Beyond Heaven's River

Beyond Heaven's River

Beyond Heavens River, Bear, Greg, Used; Good Book. Author: Greg Bear ISBN 10: 1857989783. Title: Beyond Heavens River Item Condition: used item in a good condition. Will be clean, not soiled or stained.

Books related to Beyond Heaven's River. A well written mystery on many levels. This is an interesting book for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is an exploration of the inner universe within ourselves and between us. This occupies most of the book and is well worth it.

Yoshio Kawashita is a great warrior until aliens whisk him away during World War II. They put him on a desolate planet far from his home, where he is destined to remain forever, leaving him alone in his new hell. Then Anna Nestor appears. This empress does not see planets as homes for their inhabitants; she sees exploitable real estate. At first, Anna Nestor views Kawashita as a sideshow attraction until they fall in love. But the two cannot be free until they find out who kidnapped Kawashita and why.


Beyond Heaven's River epub download

ISBN13: 978-0759222625

ISBN: 0759222622

Author: Greg Bear

Category: Fantasy

Subcategory: Science Fiction

Language: English

Publisher: e-reads.com (December 1, 1980)

Pages: 184 pages

ePUB size: 1908 kb

FB2 size: 1326 kb

Rating: 4.4

Votes: 617

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just one girl
This was a good story but it was not fully developed. There are many plots in this story that were just abandoned and that left me with a strange feeling of dissatisfaction with the novel overall. (Example, when the main characters explore a new region of space, and they find nothing but a piece of a toilet...and then nothing else happens in that entire multi-page part of the novel). The ending was ridiculous and similarly cut short. Perhaps this book suffers from terrible editing, or perhaps the paperback was just badly typeset which damaged the story, but there were many grammatical errors and whole missing paragraphs. I liked the premise of the story, but it was not developed and left me extremely dissatisfied, as if the climax has been edited out.

[Edit] I might give the Kindle edition a try since it's been a few years. I still think the paperback was missing content. There were no obviously damaged or torn pages, but the story was so mangled that I suspect it was a faulty printing.
just one girl
This was a good story but it was not fully developed. There are many plots in this story that were just abandoned and that left me with a strange feeling of dissatisfaction with the novel overall. (Example, when the main characters explore a new region of space, and they find nothing but a piece of a toilet...and then nothing else happens in that entire multi-page part of the novel). The ending was ridiculous and similarly cut short. Perhaps this book suffers from terrible editing, or perhaps the paperback was just badly typeset which damaged the story, but there were many grammatical errors and whole missing paragraphs. I liked the premise of the story, but it was not developed and left me extremely dissatisfied, as if the climax has been edited out.

[Edit] I might give the Kindle edition a try since it's been a few years. I still think the paperback was missing content. There were no obviously damaged or torn pages, but the story was so mangled that I suspect it was a faulty printing.
Eigonn
This book is a MUST HAVE for me....because I am Anna & my true love is Yoshio! We are both sci-fi fans and to find a book with "us" in it. Well, I just had to buy it. As it stands - the book is great on it's own! Thank you for a delightful story!
Eigonn
This book is a MUST HAVE for me....because I am Anna & my true love is Yoshio! We are both sci-fi fans and to find a book with "us" in it. Well, I just had to buy it. As it stands - the book is great on it's own! Thank you for a delightful story!
Adoraris
I've read a number of novels by Greg Bear, and he is among my favorite authors. He has received many awards in the genre of Science Fiction over the years, including Nebulas in 1995 ("Moving Mars"), and 2001 ("Darwin's Radio"), as well as several Hugo nominations for best novel.

I picked up a copy of "Beyond Heaven's River" to read some of his early work. Published in 1980, "Beyond Heaven's River" was (I believe) Bear's third release, predating works such as "The Forge of God," "Eon," "Anvil of Stars," "Darwin's Radio," or "Darwin's Children." In terms of getting a glimpse of Bear's curiosity about Human nature, and how we may deal with the future, it was a worthwhile effort. Fans of Bear who have not read "Beyond Heaven's River" should do so.

The storyline is fairly simple: when signals from an unnamed planet suddenly cease, the universe rushes in to investigate. The world had been under the suzerainty of the Perfidisians, a very mysterious and powerful civilization. First to arrive are the bereft Alae and Oomalo Waunter, who were first to note the abrupt cessation of activity on the planet. Following soon after is the rich and powerful Anna Nestor.

What they discover is a world stripped of everything, save nearly uniform concrete paving, and a habitat dome. Inside the dome they find Yoshio Kawashita, a Japanese fighter pilot who had been kidnapped by the Perfidisians during World War II, and brought to the now-abandoned world for study. Now, 400 or more years hence, Kawashita is the oldest Human in the universe.

The rest of the book follows a developing love interest (however unlikely) between Kawashita and Nestor, and Kawashita's efforts to find his "place" in his new universe. He is haunted by memories of his years as a Perfidisian prisoner, and perhaps by more than that.

Where Bear shows us his concerns with Human nature in this work is through Kawashita's questioning the nature of life, the existence of God (or gods), and his psychological and emotional struggles to rejoin Humanity. At the end of the book, the Waunters ("wanters") return to the planet to confront Kawashita and Nestor over what they suspect to be their treachery in cornering the profits (some of which are due to them) arising from the mysterious planet. Even in the novel's culmination, Bear demonstrates how our weak Human nature is really at the root of all Human foibles.

"Beyond Heaven's River" is not Bear's best-ever work. It is, though, a very worthwhile read if you want to discover Bear's "thematic" roots, or just for the telling of a quaint tale. You should also read it if you want to know more about the plot or ultimate resolution, because I'm sure not going to spoil it for you here! Enjoy.
Adoraris
I've read a number of novels by Greg Bear, and he is among my favorite authors. He has received many awards in the genre of Science Fiction over the years, including Nebulas in 1995 ("Moving Mars"), and 2001 ("Darwin's Radio"), as well as several Hugo nominations for best novel.

I picked up a copy of "Beyond Heaven's River" to read some of his early work. Published in 1980, "Beyond Heaven's River" was (I believe) Bear's third release, predating works such as "The Forge of God," "Eon," "Anvil of Stars," "Darwin's Radio," or "Darwin's Children." In terms of getting a glimpse of Bear's curiosity about Human nature, and how we may deal with the future, it was a worthwhile effort. Fans of Bear who have not read "Beyond Heaven's River" should do so.

The storyline is fairly simple: when signals from an unnamed planet suddenly cease, the universe rushes in to investigate. The world had been under the suzerainty of the Perfidisians, a very mysterious and powerful civilization. First to arrive are the bereft Alae and Oomalo Waunter, who were first to note the abrupt cessation of activity on the planet. Following soon after is the rich and powerful Anna Nestor.

What they discover is a world stripped of everything, save nearly uniform concrete paving, and a habitat dome. Inside the dome they find Yoshio Kawashita, a Japanese fighter pilot who had been kidnapped by the Perfidisians during World War II, and brought to the now-abandoned world for study. Now, 400 or more years hence, Kawashita is the oldest Human in the universe.

The rest of the book follows a developing love interest (however unlikely) between Kawashita and Nestor, and Kawashita's efforts to find his "place" in his new universe. He is haunted by memories of his years as a Perfidisian prisoner, and perhaps by more than that.

Where Bear shows us his concerns with Human nature in this work is through Kawashita's questioning the nature of life, the existence of God (or gods), and his psychological and emotional struggles to rejoin Humanity. At the end of the book, the Waunters ("wanters") return to the planet to confront Kawashita and Nestor over what they suspect to be their treachery in cornering the profits (some of which are due to them) arising from the mysterious planet. Even in the novel's culmination, Bear demonstrates how our weak Human nature is really at the root of all Human foibles.

"Beyond Heaven's River" is not Bear's best-ever work. It is, though, a very worthwhile read if you want to discover Bear's "thematic" roots, or just for the telling of a quaint tale. You should also read it if you want to know more about the plot or ultimate resolution, because I'm sure not going to spoil it for you here! Enjoy.
Jugore
This is one of Greg Bear's early work. The reader can already see that Bear is great at developing both an intriguing story and well defined characters. The problem with this book is that it leaves the reader feeling unfinished. Compared to his later works "Darwins Radio" and "Queen of Angels", this is unfinished work. It is not bad, just not finished. Much of the underlying society study that he has become so familiar for developing is missing, although there are hints of it in this book. This is both enjoyable and an easy read. It is also a great book to start with for Bear. It is certainly not one of his best, but it does show his early start and that is not bad.
Jugore
This is one of Greg Bear's early work. The reader can already see that Bear is great at developing both an intriguing story and well defined characters. The problem with this book is that it leaves the reader feeling unfinished. Compared to his later works "Darwins Radio" and "Queen of Angels", this is unfinished work. It is not bad, just not finished. Much of the underlying society study that he has become so familiar for developing is missing, although there are hints of it in this book. This is both enjoyable and an easy read. It is also a great book to start with for Bear. It is certainly not one of his best, but it does show his early start and that is not bad.
Nicearad
"Beyond Heaven's River" is a well-plotted novel, something that seems to be increasingly rare in the world of Science Fiction. Maybe it is because it is a sparsely printed, 250 page novel, instead of some 600 page, mini-script, sloppy "epic". For that reason alone it is weel worth reading; there can be good, short SF novels. Beyond that, Bear has constructed a wonderfully sublime, if a bit overly vague, universe, inhabited by unseen aliens and filled with motivated, imperial human beings. Within this context, a Japanese soldier, from the early 20th Century is an interesting point of view to follow through the bizarre, soul-searching, (dare I say?) epic.
Nicearad
"Beyond Heaven's River" is a well-plotted novel, something that seems to be increasingly rare in the world of Science Fiction. Maybe it is because it is a sparsely printed, 250 page novel, instead of some 600 page, mini-script, sloppy "epic". For that reason alone it is weel worth reading; there can be good, short SF novels. Beyond that, Bear has constructed a wonderfully sublime, if a bit overly vague, universe, inhabited by unseen aliens and filled with motivated, imperial human beings. Within this context, a Japanese soldier, from the early 20th Century is an interesting point of view to follow through the bizarre, soul-searching, (dare I say?) epic.
DABY
Firstly this book is not out of print - my edition is a 2000 edition by Millenium (a Gollancz brand) and is available on amazon.co.uk.
The premise/promise of this story is typical of Bear in that you get completely wrapped up in this new universe across which the human race roams. The two key characters are real enough and both face serious challenges on a personal basis, and along the way you see a future with nicely painted in technologies and alien artifacts (in fact two of the characters live in a giant alien spaceship picked up at an apparent bargain). The story line passes from WWII to well into the 26th century while remaining true to the reader.
I picked up this book after enjoying Darwin's Radio which is a great read - that novel is complete in that it allows Greg Bear to really complete his story. Unfortunately Beyond Heaven's River is a much shorter story and leaves me with the feeling that "it had to be wound up" for want of a solid ending.

After all that I should say that it is still a good read, just not Bear's best.
DABY
Firstly this book is not out of print - my edition is a 2000 edition by Millenium (a Gollancz brand) and is available on amazon.co.uk.
The premise/promise of this story is typical of Bear in that you get completely wrapped up in this new universe across which the human race roams. The two key characters are real enough and both face serious challenges on a personal basis, and along the way you see a future with nicely painted in technologies and alien artifacts (in fact two of the characters live in a giant alien spaceship picked up at an apparent bargain). The story line passes from WWII to well into the 26th century while remaining true to the reader.
I picked up this book after enjoying Darwin's Radio which is a great read - that novel is complete in that it allows Greg Bear to really complete his story. Unfortunately Beyond Heaven's River is a much shorter story and leaves me with the feeling that "it had to be wound up" for want of a solid ending.

After all that I should say that it is still a good read, just not Bear's best.