Los Cronolitos



[PDF / Epub] ☉ Los Cronolitos By Robert Charles Wilson – E17streets4all.co.uk Scott Warden es un hombre perseguido por el pasado y pronto tambi n por el futuro En la Tailandia de comienzos del siglo XXI, Scott es un vago en una comunidad costera de expatriados, pr cticamente in Scott Warden es un hombre perseguido por el pasado y pronto tambi n por el futuro En la Tailandia de comienzos del siglo XXI, Scott es un vago en una comunidad costera de expatriados, pr cticamente incapaz de sostener a su mujer e hija Entonces, un d a, es testigo de forma inadvertida de un acontecimiento imposible la aparici n en el boscoso interior de un pilar de piedra de casi setenta metros No se trata de un objeto ordinario Su llegada colapsa los rboles en un cuarto de kil metro alrededor de su base, congelando el aire y emitiendo una descarga de radiaci n Parece estar compuesto de una ex tica forma de materia, y la inscripci n tallada muestra la conmemoraci n de una victoria militar dentro de diecis is a os Entonces, poco despu s, un pilar a n mayor aparece en el centro de Bangkok, obliterando la ciudad y provocando miles de muertos A lo largo de los a os siguientes, la sociedad humana queda transformada por estos misteriosos visitantes, al parecer llegados desde el futuro reciente Qui n es el guerrero Kuin, cuyas victorias celebran Scott no quiere m s que reconstruir su vida, pero un extra o bucle de causalidad lo arrastra sin cesar hacia el misterio central y una extra a batalla con el futuro Tensa, emotiva, rigurosa y emocionante, Los Cronolitos es otra maestra de uno de los mejores autores de ciencia ficci n de la actualidad.Los Cronolitos

I ve been writing science fiction professionally since my first novel A Hidden Place was published in My books include Darwinia, Blind Lake, and the Hugo Award winning Spin My newest novel is The Affinities April .

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  • Paperback
  • 307 pages
  • Los Cronolitos
  • Robert Charles Wilson
  • Spanish
  • 08 May 2019
  • 8484216519

10 thoughts on “Los Cronolitos

  1. says:

    In a lot of ways, this is an excellent novel full of well conceived characters driven by a slowly disintegrating society Add suddenly appearing strange event objects, the Chronoliths, and watch our near future implode.This is not an action fueled novel It is family driven, obliquely and curiously propelled by the inclusion of old colleagues and the slow social collapse of our world Think Spin, but not with the stars disappearing Just add big monoliths that suddenly warp space time, appearing In a lot of ways, this is an excellent novel full of well conceived characters driven by a slowly disintegrating society Add suddenly appearing strange event objects, the Chronoliths, and watch our near future implode.This is not an action fueled novel It is family driven, obliquely and curiously propelled by the inclusion of old colleagues and the slow social collapse of our world Think Spin, but not with the stars disappearing Just add big monoliths that suddenly warp space time, appearing in the middle of jungles or places all over the world, have them commemorate some near future battle, and see how YOU would do with such knowledge The most important read best part of this novel is the worldbuilding The social interactions, the sideways decline And the main characters They managed to make me care Quite interesting The details are especially fine

  2. says:

    In The Chronoliths, the world is rocked by the sudden arrival of massive obelisks, or chronoliths, which appear to be a future conqueror s monuments to battles that have not yet occurred As the chronoliths continue to appear, the world descends into economic and social chaos Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer and this is standard fare for him a character story involving normal people caught up in major, world altering preternatural events.While The Chronoliths has an interesting pr In The Chronoliths, the world is rocked by the sudden arrival of massive obelisks, or chronoliths, which appear to be a future conqueror s monuments to battles that have not yet occurred As the chronoliths continue to appear, the world descends into economic and social chaos Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer and this is standard fare for him a character story involving normal people caught up in major, world altering preternatural events.While The Chronoliths has an interesting premise, it is flat and intensely boring at times Much of the action occurs elsewhere when the viewpoint character is not present Wilson fails to use the chronoliths potential They are fascinating objects but they are reduced to a setting, a mere backdrop by which our hero, Scott Warden, looks retrospectively on his life To make matters worse, Warden is unlikable and apathetic We often get the sense that he isn t involved in the story but rather that he just happens to be standing there when the story occurs.Wilson almost always surprises the reader with something completely unexpected at the end Unfortunately, there are few surprises here The chronoliths turn out to be disappointing and less interesting than expected Overall, The Chronoliths was anti climactic Whereas most Wilson novels leave the reader feeling awed, I finished it thinking, Is that it If you re a Wilson fan you may enjoy this one, but it is hardly Wilson s greatest achievement If you haven t read Spin or Blind Lake, I suggest going there first

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    This is a fine mix of Big Idea SF with human drama on a much smaller scale The Big Idea is a conqueror from the future named Kuin who is somehow able to send massive monuments to his victories back in time, where they stand invulnerable and ominous over the lands he is destined to conquer The first ones are in Thailand, but over the next few years they appear all over Asia Some materialize in relatively unpopulated areas, but some appear in the middle of cities, flattening them with shockwa This is a fine mix of Big Idea SF with human drama on a much smaller scale The Big Idea is a conqueror from the future named Kuin who is somehow able to send massive monuments to his victories back in time, where they stand invulnerable and ominous over the lands he is destined to conquer The first ones are in Thailand, but over the next few years they appear all over Asia Some materialize in relatively unpopulated areas, but some appear in the middle of cities, flattening them with shockwaves Scientists determine using hand wavey physics that these chronoliths are indeed from the future, which means Kuin really is going to conquer all of Asia in about twenty years This sets off global turmoil Some prepare to fight others begin urging accommodation or outright capitulation By the time Kuin s chronoliths are appearing outside of Asia, there are entire Kuinist militias and organizations, and of course innumerable warlords in the now devastated Asian warring states claiming to be Kuin.This is the backdrop of the story, which is really about Scott Warden and his family Scott is a kind of mediocre husband and father slacking off in Thailand when the first chronolith appears there Being one of the first witnesses to the first appearance of the chronoliths inescapably binds him to the events that follow over the next few decades As he is told by Sulasmith Chopra, the scientist who studies the chronoliths and believes that Kuin can be stopped, there are no coincidences Scott goes through a divorce, his ex wife marries a Kuin accommodationist, his daughter, as a teenager, hooks up with a young Kuinist ideologue who turns out to be a psychopath, which brings Scott together with the psychopath s mother His drug dealing friend from his time in Thailand reappears, as do all the other characters we meet over the course of the book.It s Scott s interactions with his family and friends that are the heart and soul of this book The characters are not all vivid or interesting, but they are distinct and they each have a purpose in the story, and Scott narrates a compelling story as he weathers a long, brutal economic downturn that turns even the U.S into an impoverished country, works for Sulasmith Chopra trying to understand who Kuin is and what the chronoliths represent, travels to Mexico to save his daughter from Kuinists who have gone on a haj to see the manifestation of the first chronolith in North America, and finally, goes to meet his destiny in a climactic confrontation in Wyoming Kuin is basically a MacGuffin ultimately, it doesn t really matter who he is or if he even exists It s what he represents that drives all the world events With the rules of time travel Wilson establishes in this book, cause and effect are looped together, so we are finally able to understand why all the small human dramas Scott was involved in add up to something of greater significance at the end Wilson s take on time travel is intelligent and subtle, and by keeping Kuin a mysterious off screen presence whose very existence remains in doubt, he makes the whole thing plausible without having to deal with paradoxes, parallel universes, and the like Wilson has thought through all the implications, and if the end of the story seems like a bit of an anti climax, it s also one that makes perfect sense.Wilson s writing is straightforward but occasionally he waxes almost poetic He s one of those writers who likes to show off his vocabulary, yet even the tech and time travel physics infodumps were brief and clear.Although this wasn t the most wonderful book in recent memory or a true masterpiece, it s definitely a hidden gem of high quality, and I came very close to giving it 5 stars Given the eloquent but clear writing, it s a science fiction novel that a non sci fi fan might well enjoy, since the time travel and near future history is only background for the characters and the plot which drive the story I give it 4.5 stars it s very good, I just didn t quite find it unique or mindblowing or the characters memorable enough to make it awesome

  4. says:

    Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past and soon to be haunted by the future Time travel only it is backwardsIn early twenty first century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event the violent appearance of a 200 foot stone pillar in the forested interior Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation It appears to be composed of an exotic f Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past and soon to be haunted by the future Time travel only it is backwardsIn early twenty first century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event the violent appearance of a 200 foot stone pillar in the forested interior Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter And the inscription chiseled into it commemorates a military victory sixteen years in the future Invasion from an unknown general from a future timeShortly afterwards, another, larger pillar arrives in the center of Bangkok obliterating the city and killing thousands Over the next several years, human society is transformed by these mysterious arrivals from, seemingly, our own near future Who is the warlord Kuin whose victories they note Everything is connectedScott wants only to rebuild his life But some strange loop of causality keeps drawing him in, to the central mystery and a final battle with the future.In this dystopian novel the world retreats from the future threat that is seemingly unstoppable Different.Enjoy

  5. says:

    I read Spin before I got around to this one It is definitely by the same author A great big idea premise set within the occurrence of a random fantastic phenomenon, and real people and family must deal with it The Spin story was muchexciting and developed but the approach was similar What stood out with The Chonoliths was the writing itself It bordered on poetry in places.Robert Charles Wilson may have found his voice with this one I think.A good read.

  6. says:

    On the positive side, this book did have interesting ideas It unfolded nicely over a span of several years, cataloging changes and effects showing economic downturn, how people s way of living changed There were moments when I was engaged, and interested in what was going to happen next.But I found these moments were few and far between I couldn t stand the narrator the kind of guy who screws up his first marriage, and manages to shakily repair his relationship with his daughter, barrin On the positive side, this book did have interesting ideas It unfolded nicely over a span of several years, cataloging changes and effects showing economic downturn, how people s way of living changed There were moments when I was engaged, and interested in what was going to happen next.But I found these moments were few and far between I couldn t stand the narrator the kind of guy who screws up his first marriage, and manages to shakily repair his relationship with his daughter, barring a few mishaps Maybe that archetype just hit too close to home Nothing very much seems to happen, in between the Chronoliths touching down It appears to be building to a conflict that never really happens And the violence Men get hurt, and tortured but of course it s always worse for the women There s a semi graphic rape scene, and whenever a woman gets into a bad situation, rape is always part of the violence Realistic or not, I found that unsettling.The book is worth checking out, for ideas of time travel paradox destiny but I found it dull The ending and much of the book itself was unsatisfactory

  7. says:

    In our near future, the chronoliths start arriving out of thin air across the world enormous, destructive monuments to conquests that, according to the engravings, won t occur for twentyyears Scott writes his memoir, telling of his presence at the arrival of the first chronolith in Thailand and the set of extraordinary experiences that keep his life entwined with the mystery and the slim hope of averting global disaster The chronoliths arrive from the future, and they bring with them a In our near future, the chronoliths start arriving out of thin air across the world enormous, destructive monuments to conquests that, according to the engravings, won t occur for twentyyears Scott writes his memoir, telling of his presence at the arrival of the first chronolith in Thailand and the set of extraordinary experiences that keep his life entwined with the mystery and the slim hope of averting global disaster The chronoliths arrive from the future, and they bring with them a bending of reality, a shift of the rules of time and coincidence and destiny that has very intimate consequences for Scott and his family.Dude It s a proto Spin Seriously we ve got the fictionalized memoir style, the near future setting and focus on the global sociological response to disaster, the blend of abstract theory and intense character work Not as good as Spin, as you might expect if we assume this really was Wilson s warm up book the memoir style is unfocussed and a bit wobbly here, the drama yanked a bit too taut in places, some shiny theory of the temporal physics of coincidence used to justify some otherwise indefensible plot devices without actually illuminating those devices as it could have I also saw the endgame coming quite far off.But if you ask me, not as good as Spin is still saying a whole lot Wilson has a real flare for both sink your teeth in science and for compelling, personal character work Unusual for the genre, sad to say He also deals with big sociological change in impressive, detailed ways And I just like his books They make sense to me they work on a rhythm I m naturally tuned to, intellectually and emotionally The puzzles appeal to the philosopher in me, and the writing feels comfortable and right not coincidentally, I think, Wilson and I have a congruent prose style.Time has an arrow, Sue Chopra once told me It flies in one direction Combine fire and firewood, you get ashes Combine fire and ashes, you don t get firewood.Morality has an arrow, too For example Run a film of the Second World War backward and you invert its moral logic The Allies sign a peace agreement with Japan and promptly bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki Nazis extract bullets from the heads of emaciated Jews and nurse them back to health The problem with tau turbulence, Sue said, is that it mingles these paradoxes into daily experience In the vicinity of a Chronolith, a saint might be a very dangerous man A sinner is probablyuseful

  8. says:

    This is the third book I ve read by Robert Charles Wilson along with Spin and its sequel Axis , and he is now on his way to becoming one of my very favorite sci fi authors.Shortest version RCW writes the kind of fiction I hope I can write one day His stories all have big ideas at their heart, but he does rich and deep world building around them All the hard work he does imagining the diverse ways people and society would react to those big ideas succeeds at making the ideas seem muchre This is the third book I ve read by Robert Charles Wilson along with Spin and its sequel Axis , and he is now on his way to becoming one of my very favorite sci fi authors.Shortest version RCW writes the kind of fiction I hope I can write one day His stories all have big ideas at their heart, but he does rich and deep world building around them All the hard work he does imagining the diverse ways people and society would react to those big ideas succeeds at making the ideas seem muchreal And, because of that, he is able to write stories that bridge the gap between big idea and personal, character driven drama That s not an easy task, but it s central to writing good science fiction, and RCW is one of the very, very best I ve ever read at carrying it off.Speaking of The Chronoliths in particular, I just liked everything about it I liked the initial mystery I liked the characters I liked the way RCW wove together their personal struggles and tragedies in the context of the great, world spanning crisis I like the way his world building filled out the story without distracting from it And, above all else, I like the way that he brought all the different threads together for a climax that was satisfying both intellectually and emotionally This is one of those books that seems so real to me that not only can I not stop thinking about it when I m done reading, but I keep wanting to know what happens next in that world Just because it feels like a real place that should have an ongoing history The one warning I ll note here at the ending, however, is that RCW is in the literary sci fi tradition, which means there isn t as much action or plot based excitement as is fairly common in other sci fi books Instead, as I mentioned, it s primarily a character driven approach I like that a lot, but it s different enough from the conventional approach thought not at all unique, see C J Cherryh, for example to let people know about.NOTE I listened to this book on Audible It is narrated by Oiver Wyman, and he s not my favorite Something about his voice just rubs me the wrong way It was a lot less of a problem here than in the Monster Hunter series where eventually I just stopped listening , but I figured I d note that as well

  9. says:

    At the time I read this book, it was, quite simply, one of the best SF books I had ever read This book made Wilson my favorite SF author.It starts with an intriguing SF concept what if a giant pillar appeared in Bangkok, marking the victory of a future warlord What would be its impact on society How could such an event come about and why must people in the future send mementos to the past On this premise, The Chronoliths fully deliver in intrigue, surprise twists and clever, thoughtful SF B At the time I read this book, it was, quite simply, one of the best SF books I had ever read This book made Wilson my favorite SF author.It starts with an intriguing SF concept what if a giant pillar appeared in Bangkok, marking the victory of a future warlord What would be its impact on society How could such an event come about and why must people in the future send mementos to the past On this premise, The Chronoliths fully deliver in intrigue, surprise twists and clever, thoughtful SF But what makes this novel a masterpiece in my eye is how every bit of clever SF is actually wrapped in very human events.The protagonist of The Chronoliths is a normal guy living in a fantastic time He suffers marital difficulties, insecure, lacks confidence That is not to say he wallows in self pity, far from it but his choices, whenever they are made, are rooted in believeable, poignant humanity.Robert Charles Wilson is such a great author, in my opinion, because even though he writes about grand concepts, he never loses sight of his characters Too often SF authors are so lost in their grand SF plots that they end up propping cardboard cutout characters against their fantastic stories Wilson not only outdoes them in the scale of his ideas, but his concepts resonate so muchthat we see them happening through very human eyes.I cannot recommend this book enough If you like it, know that Wilson s style is consistent, and that other novels of his I recommend Spin, in some ways superior to this one are filled with the same sense of wonder and deep humanity

  10. says:

    Frankly, I don t think I m able to say much about it because I don t think I understood it completely No, I m sure I didn t.The premise is this chronoliths are suddenly starting to appear all over Asia and expand in some other regions They are monuments from an unknown material which praise the victory of one named Kuin in wars which will occur 20 years in the future Nobody knows who is Kuin, but the world is thrown into chaos, because some of these giants appeared in the middle of cities, d Frankly, I don t think I m able to say much about it because I don t think I understood it completely No, I m sure I didn t.The premise is this chronoliths are suddenly starting to appear all over Asia and expand in some other regions They are monuments from an unknown material which praise the victory of one named Kuin in wars which will occur 20 years in the future Nobody knows who is Kuin, but the world is thrown into chaos, because some of these giants appeared in the middle of cities, destroying them completely Movements Anti and Pro Kuin are born and rebellions are taking place all over the world And on this background, there is the story of Scott Warden, whose decisions alter the life course of his family and appears to be a catalyst somehow related to the chronoliths.The whole story had for me a biblical touch could be the story of David and Goliath, or it can be perceived as a harsh critic to what religion can trigger through a new so called Messiah Or maybe it s just an atypical sci fi story, dealing with time space manipulation in a dystopian setupI tried to imagine martyrdom running backward like a broken clock How sweet to abdicate divinity, to climb down from the cross, to travel from transfiguration to simple wisdom and arrive at last at innocence Either way, RCW writes extraordinary well and fluent I felt the whole time the anguish Scott felt during the events in the Chronoliths Era And I can t say he s a likeable character He s just an ordinary flawed man caught up in a turmoil of events and he tries to do his best, which at times seems to be exactly the oppositeI m old enough now to believe what I choose To believe what I can bear to believe Bottom line is that this novel was a hell of a ride and I think I will reread it at some point in the future And maybe I will find out a new meaning for KuinKuin became littlethan a name for the vacuum at the heart of the whirlwind The king is unborn long live the king

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