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The Galactic Human Empire was built atop four sciences logic physics psychology and sociology Standing on those pillars humans spent 100000 years spreading out into the galaxy warring exploring partying — the usual Then there was the fifth science And that killed the empire stone dead The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days We’ll see some untypical things along the way meet some untypical folk galactic lighthouses from the distant future alien tombs from the distant past murderers emperors archaeologists and drunks; mad mathematicians attempting to wake the universe itself upAnd when humans have fallen back into savagery when the secrets of space folding and perfect wisdom are forgotten we’ll attend the empire’s deathbed hold its hand as it goes Unfortunately that may well only be the beginningThe Galactic Human Empire was built atop four sciences logic physics psychology and sociology Standing on those pillars humans spent 100000 years spreading out into the galaxy warring exploring partying — the usual Then there was the fifth science And that killed the empire stone dead The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days We’ll see some untypical things along the way meet some untypical folk galactic lighthouses from the distant future alien tombs from the distant past murderers emperors archaeologists and drunks; mad mathematicians attempting to wake the universe itself upAnd when humans have fallen back into savagery when the secrets of space folding and perfect wisdom are forgotten we’ll attend the empire’s deathbed hold its hand as it goes Unfortunately that may well only be the beginningThe Galactic Human Empire was built atop four sciences logic physics psychology and sociology Standing on those pillars humans spent 100000 years spreading out into the galaxy warring exploring partying — the usual Then there was the fifth science And that killed the empire stone dead The Fifth Science is a collection of 12 stories beginning at the start of the Galactic Human Empire and following right through to its final days We’ll see some untypical things along the way meet some untypical folk galactic lighthouses from the distant future alien tombs from the distant past murderers emperors archaeologists and drunks; mad mathematicians attempting to wake the universe itself upAnd when humans have fallen back into savagery when the secrets of space folding and perfect wisdom are forgotten we’ll attend the empire’s deathbed hold its hand as it goes Unfortunately that may well only be the beginning


13 thoughts on “The Fifth Science

  1. says:

    Das Buch ist absolut herausragend und ich habe noch nichts vergleichbares gelesen Es ist mein erstes Buch dieses Autors und ein nächstes wird folgen Was soll ich sagen um diese Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten die Chronologisch bis zum Ende der Zeit reichen Ich fand alles extrem tiefsinnig obwohl ich als nicht Englisch Muttersprachler gar nicht in der Lage war den ganzen Sinn zu erfassen Es sind in diesem Buch eine Fülle von genialen Ideen ausgearbeitet und der Stil und der Humor des Autors spricht mir auch aus dem Herzen


  2. says:

    This book has received glowing reviews thus I decided to give it a go Certainly the author has lots of interesting ideas and doesn't let much get in the way of telling his stories which makes it very readable I felt however as if I'ld already been there done that In other words no epiphanies shrewd twists secondary instances It is all pretty straightline and somewhat predictable Still many stories did make me smile Eat Water had me laughing Very current Maybe I was too expective and thus diappointed


  3. says:

    I downloaded this book on a whim only having read the first paragraph of the short description here And I ended up binging the book in a couple of daysThe stories are very diverse in genre and theme and while they are self contained and lend themselves to being read individually I ended up reading many of them back to back curious about how they might interlockIt's no wonder the author mentions being inspired by David Mitchell in the last section when talking about the inspiration for each of the stories a great addition in my opinion the subtle connections between the stories definitely reminded me of Mitchells stories without feeling derivative at all but like really cool easter eggsI was uite sad when I was finished wanting to spend time in this universe I'm definitely going to check out the other books he's written Can't recommend this book enoughShocking that there is only one review up so far


  4. says:

    The prince of milk is still my favourite but the fifth science is just like the other books a very good one The stories are well written and it makes you think about all that stuff Can recommend Also if you came here by accident and dont know exurb1a then check out his Youtube channel You should definitely get to know Exurb1a before reading his books ;


  5. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this and it's exploration of the fifth science Each short story was different and uniue in it's own way and they always made me think about something in a way I hadn't before If you find consciousness interesting who doesn't? then you should definitely give this book a read


  6. says:

    Started reading this book out of curiosity how the stories were told compared to Exurb1as YouTube Videos I didn't get disappointed and wasn't really able to lay the book aside until it was finished The way of producing an image of this strange universe by telling multiple short stories was fascinating and didn't interrupt the flowIf you like techy scify fantasy books this one is definitely a must read


  7. says:

    I have long been searching for a book that provides a similar thrill as Charles Stross’ Accelerando did some 15 years ago This comes close In my view there is little to criticize besides a slight lack of consistency Might be the book is not meant to be read in one goI hope the allegations leveled against the author Alexander McKechnie turn out untrue and that he keeps writing


  8. says:

    Auch wenn in dieser Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten nicht alle der Stories die totalen Highlights sind so ist der gezeichnete Handlungsbogen doch interessant und macht das Buch insgesamt lesenswert


  9. says:

    The Fifth Science is an incredibly well crafted piece of art which deserves a much higher price than what it's currently being sold for Personally I feel this is refined than previous masterpieces Exurb1a a true Da Vinci of our time tackles innumerate deep philosophical uestions seamlessly melded with logic and physics in this collection many of which are directly linked to our lives today Although that could be said of any of his books It spans an extremely long period of time mostly set in the future taking on various perspectives sometimes deviating a little from the timelineoverall plot Don't get me wrong here I feel that this makes the book better If you're not a big fan of heavy reading don't be put off by the introductory chapter The rest of the book is made up of self sustaining short stories which deserve to be novels in their own right One of these stories The Lantern is available on Youtube as an audiobook if you want a deeper taste of what you're buying but I personally feel that The Lantern is the least extraordinary out of the collection so if you were floored by that prepare for something unimaginably beautiful And if you need another incentive to buy the book wellremember Polly Hare from Logic Beach part one? There's an ingeniously subtle hinttip off for fan theories as to what happened to herwhere she went encrypted in here but I'm not spoiling anything All I will say is her work was REALLY groundbreaking wasn't it?Anyway you should stop wasting time reading this inexplicably long review and BUY THE BOOKWhat's a few uid for a uniue insight into the depths of human nature and an unflinching stare at the fabric of our existence itself? Let's not forget that this is immaculately woven into some of the best prose I have read in a long long timeSeriously Buy and read this Go on It'll be worth it You have my word


  10. says:

    What an excellent book of linked short stories The author is clearly modest and the price seems too low This book reminded me of the classic sci fi I used to read when I was younger brilliant and novel ideas wrapped in an interesting story This isn't the 'space opera' type but really an astonishing set of stories from a brilliant mind that really makes you think As a scientist I often here about some sci fi authors 'this author writes in a very scientific way' only to find the ideas are completely out of touch with real science but are overly verbose to make it sound technical This is the opposite genius ideas that are extremely imaginative and not at all irritating from a scientific perspective and described simply and appropriately within the context of enthrawling storiesI found this a real page turner Some of the stories could easily have been novels This is some of the most original thinking I've read in a while and this author though I've never heard of him before seems destined to be one of the all time greatsThe stories range from humans being inhabitated by an alien consciousness to guide the future to water worlds where human descendants sail on huge living rafts Throughout there is a timeline and a theme and in places some gentle moral points or uestions I look forward to reading If you like scifi I would read this Of course it is short stories so character development whilst there is limited by the format but he ideas are astounding and accessible


  11. says:

    I bought this having seen many of he author's You Tube pieces This is the first of his books I have read and I've really enjoyed it I have it on Kindle and the length of the stories is ideal if you have to wait and need something mentally stimulating to occupy your time without tiring you out you finish the stories with a spring in your mental step There are some intriguing ideas explored in these tales which are all set in the same universe and they are wittily told with an efficient writing style that gets some weighty ideas across pithily and with humour One of the stories is available on You Tube narrated by the author I think this would make a good audiobook too


  12. says:

    Despite the silly nom de plume and the eually pretentious intro this is great sci fi hailing out of Bulgaria For your not a lot of money you get twelve great short stories all set in the same universe The author advises you to read them in seuence but it doesn’t really matter They all work as standalone pieces This book alone seems to introduce dozens of new forms of sci fi scientific endeavours and concepts In fact “A Dictionary” and “101 Things to Not Visit in the Galaxy Before You Die” prove how easily this author is brimming with such clever ideas What incredible imagination Highly original Most of these could be turned into episodes of The Twilight Zone The thread the holds these disparate tales together is the concept of the discovery of a fifth science that would allow a galactic mankind to grant sentience to inanimate objectsIn “For Every Dove a Bullet” a man’s consciousness births a ruthless new entity that exists outside of space & time “The Menagerie” is a mystery thriller with a twist in which a psychiatrist wakes in a laboratory unable to remember how he got there In “A Dictionary” an offworld trauma surgeon races to a tragic space accident where he makes a discovery that will change everything In “And the Leaves All Sing of God” mankind makes artificial intelligences that commit suicide when faced with unknowable knowledge “101 Things to Not Visit in the Galaxy Before You Die” is less of a story & of a showcase of mind blowing ideas & galactic oddities “The Lantern” details an encounter in a bar between a man and an alien who wants to make him an offer he can’t refuse “The Want Machine” describes the invention of a machine that make humans content with their modest lot in life “Water for Lunch” describes a freakishly super happy future society where your inner most thoughts are monitored and analysed to prevent any form of melancholy In “The Girl and the Pit” an archaeologist travels to a mysterious planet to uncover what happened to an ancient alien civilisation In “Be Awake Be Good” the remaining three civilisations of the old human Empire go into battle over the future of a sentient star In “The Caretaker” a time machine repair man deals with trouble when two sworn enemies arrive at the same time many years after their war had finished Finally we close with “Lullaby for the Empire” which is a lament for mankind as other sentient creatures prepare for the end of the universeThis work is highly entertaining fun and worth every penny It is not some kind of overly self worthy saga or space soap opera Instead it is fast changing sparkling & intelligent An undiscovered gem This works deserves to be massive


  13. says:

    I really enjoyed reading this as with the previous short stories book although deeper and 'tied together' let's say written by our one and only exurb1a and I recommend it to anyone who has at any point in time enjoyed at least one of his videosThe book has a little than 'some' and a little less than 'lots' terms on physics mathematics etc both existing and conceived by exurb1a Still as someone who isn't that sciency I could follow along and I loved the bookI am curious though for the sciency people among us did you enjoy the book as well?