Strata

Strata THE COMPANY BUILDS PLANETS Kin Arad is a high ranking official of the Company After twenty one decades of living and with the help of memory surgery she is at the top of her profession Discovering t

  • Title: Strata
  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • ISBN: 0552134619
  • Page: 116
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  • THE COMPANY BUILDS PLANETS.Kin Arad is a high ranking official of the Company After twenty one decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads, End Nuclear Testing Now , doesn tTHE COMPANY BUILDS PLANETS.Kin Arad is a high ranking official of the Company After twenty one decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilized plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard which reads, End Nuclear Testing Now , doesn t dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high spirited youth.But then came discovery of something which did intrigue Kin Arad A flat earth was something new

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    1. Terry Pratchett

      Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983 In 1987, he turned to writing full time There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal A non Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 it is also available as a mass market paperback Harper Torch, 2006 and trade paperback Harper Paperbacks, 2006 In 2008, Harper Children s published Terry s standalone non Discworld YA novel, Nation Terry published Snuff in October 2011 Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.In Dec of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer s disease On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

    535 thoughts on “Strata”

    1. This was Pratchett's third published novel, and one of the few Sci-fi books he's written. I feel odd giving it four stars, because honestly, I enjoyed it on a five-star level. But the truth is, a lot of the reasons I enjoyed it because in this early book, you get a glimpse of books he was going to write in the future, including discworld, and his upcoming Long Earth series with Steven Baxter. That said, it was an early novel of his, and his craft is a little shaky compared to what it would becom [...]


    2. Strata is another early foray that Pratchett took in to Science Fiction before he rested himself firmly in to the loving arms of Fantasy. My views on this one are similar to that of his other sci-fi novel, The Dark Side of the Sun in that it isn't necessarily a good novel, let alone a good sci-fi story.The joy of this one is of course, once again, the fact that it pre-empts the Discworld so wonderfully. You can clearly see PTerry's mind cogs whirring and the imagination is startling. However, he [...]


    3. It's NOT a Discworld novel! It ISN'T! What did you say? Well, yes, the action does take place on a world that's disc-shaped, but look, will you listen? Will you listen a moment? Thank you. There are no elephants. And there's no turtle. NOW do you see? Well, of course it's important! Duh. Vital, even. I keep telling you this is not part of the series, it's a parody of Ringworld. What? Now that is just beneath you. "Geekily obsessed." Take that back. No, I am NOT a Pratchett fan, I've read, what, [...]


    4. Despite reading Pratchett since I was twelve, I've never picked up Strata. Why?It's just not particularly good.That's a hard thing for a massive Pratchett fan to say, but my favourite thing about this book is that I've finished it.It's episodic to a fairly ridiculous degree. So this happened. Then this happened. Then they kept walking and this happened. Then they flew for a while and this happened. None of the happening are in any way influenced by the previous happenings. It's just a long chain [...]


    5. Another early Pratchett, brimming with promise, full of creativity and ideas, haphazardly and incompletely realized. For the Pratchett aficionado, however, witnessing the birth of Discworld is priceless. As the story moves from sci-fi to fantasy, Pratchett obviously had more fun with the fantasy parts. And the rest is history


    6. My 1989 notes say A+ on reread, near-perfect SF. Pre-DIscworld, pretty much straight space-opera, by memory anyway. I should dig it out for a third read.


    7. I thought I would love Terry Pratchett and because of this, I acquired a lot of his books. Turns out, I don't really like Terry Pratchett that much. I read enough of his books now to say I find his book fairly average and slightly dull. This book reminded me of Larry Niven's Ringworld, except the world is flat and not a ring, obviously. It had a mix of human and alien characters trotting around this unknown world, wondering how and why it was made. To be fair, this was better than Ringworld, but [...]


    8. Sir Terry Pratchett defies the pop writer's trajectory: his books got better the more he wrote, even as his wallet got fatter and his formulas got more rigid and intractable.* The Color of Magic was an unenjoyable start to a brilliant series, and Strata is the kind of shallow, maniacal stuff you'd hear in the sandbox from a small child with toy spacemen. The fact that it was published at all is bizarre because it's, well, unpublishable - the first 70 pages are equal parts bland exposition and di [...]


    9. I'm glad I had a headache the other night. I wanted to read something light and that I knew I would enjoy and this early gem from Sir Terry just sat on my shelf asking to be read.I'd read it before, probably twice, but as it turns out I seem to have remembered precisely 1% of this novel so this first re-read since Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency a year ago was much needed.It's a strange book. It's quite definitely a science fiction story (the apparent reference of Ringworld meaning it ha [...]


    10. I am so glad that, when I was introduced to Terry Pratchett, the book I was given was the Colour of Magic and not thie one.If this had been my first exposure to Pratchett, I doubt I would ever have bothered to read anything of his ever again.Now that I know Pratchett's work better, I can look back with interest and observe the development of a best-selling author from this to his more celebrated works.If you are new to Pratchett and are reading this, my recommendation would be to start with some [...]


    11. SoI love Pratchett's Disc World books. They are like literary potato chips to me, I can't read just one. I reread them when life is being particularly difficult and I need a safe and enjoyable place to park my brain. Strata is not part of Disc World. Except in someways it is. But not really. Strata was written before any of the Disc World books, and you can see the early incarnations of ideas that Disc World was based on. But only in the physical sense. Missing in Strata is the fiercely witty an [...]


    12. That's more like it! Reading Pratchett chronologically, I was disappointed by the first two books. They were funny, but chaotic and disjointed. Strata wraps all the chaos and absurdity into a story which successfully holds it together, and stays strong throughout.Through a set of circumstances, a human planet-builder meets up with two aliens. Without being given that much of a choice they find themselves at a place which really shouldn't exist. Strange stuff ensues.Strata does the wonderful Brit [...]


    13. This book is not very interesting but very encouraging. I am making myself finish it not because I care much about what happens to the characters but rather because I care about what happened to the author, for this humble book appears to be the first iteration of Pratchett's Discworld.As a writer I find it very exciting to note that the Discworld concept that works so brilliantly as a humorous fantasy really stinks as a straight forward Science Fiction piece. I am relieved to be reminded again [...]


    14. Strata and The Dark Side of the Sun both explore different notions about the creation of the universe, and how Mystical God-Like Species From The Dawn 'A Time are probably not all they're touted to be, despite the wonders they've engineered. Reading these two back to back, then, is probably not a good idea. You're left with an urge to draw parallels between the universes, speculate on how Discworld fits in, and who Pratchett was mimicing at the time, when really all he's doing is recycling and r [...]


    15. Fairly lightweight science fiction but with a very original premise and nice fun characters. Never really knew what was going to happen and even though this was essentially a slightly bloated short story it never wore out its welcome.


    16. Je to hodně zajímavá knížka. V některých ohledech dosti originální, někdy v ní člověk vidí odkazy na další knihy (třeba Stopařův průvodce, který vznikl jen dva roky před Stratou), ale i hluboká filozofická témata spojená s (nejen) lidstvím*, původem vesmíru, života a vůbec (a zase :). Na druhou stranu (a teď nevím, jestli je to překladem nebo originálem) je to psané někdy dost těžkopádně, některé věci si člověk čte dvakrát a nechápe, někdy se č [...]


    17. What a great read, this is only my second non disc-world book written by Terry Pratchett that I have read so far.It starts out Kin works for the company and they build planets, but some were built by older aliens if you would like to call it that, every thing is done the way it should be with round planets orbiting around a star. Until the discovery of the disc, nothing seems right with the disc, nothing is made as it should have been made, all is backwards, and the disc people need a new place [...]


    18. Most Pratchett books are meant to be parodies (but so good you can enjoy them by themselves), so I understand where Strata's coming from, but it may be the only thing I've understood in this book.It may be because I'm reading it in English and, for as much practice as I get, I still am not bilingual, or because I don't think I ever read sci-fi in English before, but it is all very confusing to me. I can't guess which words are linguo I don't know, and which ones are made-up. Moreover, it may sti [...]


    19. Intriguing, connected as it is to the august vision of Mr Pratchett. Fans of the Discworld series will notice precursors and foreshadowings to Pratchett's later work and sparks of the humour and a preoccupation with the existentialist philosophy that would later characterise it. However, as a standalone novel, the book is, in my opinion, distinctly underwhelming. While not particularly long or verbose, this one took me particularly long; the plot and motivation were unclear, the action scenes la [...]


    20. I have a special relationship with four pairs of first albums. Sure, as musicians mature, the best among them become more technical, more complex, ‘deeper’ in many ways; yet in very special cases, the combination of youthful drive and youthful naiveté can produce what in hind sight is their best work. The four bands in question are Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Blind Guardian. Their contributions and accomplishments are many, but the first two albums rock forever.Which brings me [...]


    21. It is the first book by Terry Pratchet that I've read and think that it's not particularly good. "The Dark Side of the Sun" was not that great either, but it had at least some sort of integrity and reliability of the described world. The world in "Strata" is overflown with details but they seem messy, they pop up whenever needed like deus ex machina. Luckily, most of the action takes place in the weird disc world which has its own rules and its reality seems more integral and consistent to me, d [...]


    22. This is one of Pratchett's very early novels and one of his few pure SF ones. Kin Arad is a planetary engineer and when an invisible man walks into her office with tales of a flat planet on the edge of known space, she is intrigued. Along with a four armed warrior Kung and a linguist Shandi they travel to the disc and what they learn changes the universe forever.I found myself really enjoying this book, particularly the central idea of building entire worlds with their own faked history using te [...]


    23. One of Pratchett's earliest works, it was meant to be a satire of Niven'sRingworld, hence, a discworld. This is not, however, a Discworld novel. No elephants holding up the Disc and no turtle either, though a discussion of that myth by the characters turns up. Obviously a springboard for the Discworld novels, this is a good one to read to see Pratchett creating the palette he used to paint that series.The following quote from Pratchett is taken from the Annotated Pratchett File (AFP):"Terry expl [...]


    24. Before the Discworld fantasy series, Pratchett apparently wrote sci-fi I'm not sure if you'll love it as much as did if you don't already love Pratchett, but if you like Aliens, mystery, far-off worlds and terra-forming you just might Fascinating to see some of Pratchett's later ideas pop up so early and far away from the Discworld namely, the discworld itself: it's surprising how much detail he went into to describe the philosophical and scientific problems living on a flat planet would create, [...]


    25. I have to agree with other reviewers. Why as a Pratchett fan is it so hard to read this book?It just isn't that good.And those words are true as can be. For my part, I think it's confused and disjointed. After I read it I was comforted to find out that this book came out before Discworld. That is good, because I felt like something in Discworld was being taken away from me, and now I can go forth in the knowledge that this terrible book only spurned on the series I now actually love. The only th [...]


    26. I first found this book at a minor branch of the Springfield (MA) public library. I liked it, but couldn't help but be aware of how much Terry Pratchett's writing had improved since he wrote it. Coming upon it again by chance I am delighted with it, as much because of the memories it brings up as because I really love the entirely original ideas in the story. Not his best writing, but brilliant in a way his other books missed, I think.


    27. Not the best Pratchett, but an interesting read to trace the development of the Disc. It is also wonderful to read Sci-Fi that does make sense in a way. Want to see a cannibalistic Chewie? Check it out.Crossposted at Booklikes


    28. Extremely disjointed at the best of times and yet the tale still piqued my interest. I still say it could benefit from chapters. Since this is one of Pratchett's earlier works, I'm hoping subsequent novels are slightly more cohesive.


    29. I reread this one today. It's been years. It's about a disc world, but it's not the same discworld. This one is science fiction. It's a bit earlier than Terry Pratchett's justifiably acclaimed fantasy series, but you can see some of the same ideas here. I recommend it.



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