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Macroscope
Image:Macroscope(Anthony).jpg
Cover of first paperback edition
Author Piers Anthony
Original title Macroscope
Translator Macroscope
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Avon Books
Publication date 1969
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-380-00209-4

Macroscope is a novel by science fiction and fantasy writer Piers Anthony. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1970. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Avon is a paperback imprint of HarperCollins. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... “ISBN” redirects here. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob (born August 6, 1934 in Oxford, England) is a writer in the science fiction and fantasy genres, publishing under the name Piers Anthony. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works. ...


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Macroscope was first published in 1969 and in some respects reflects the idealistic values of that time. The plot involves, among other things, an extension of the Peckham Experiment, mathematician John Conway's game of sprouts, astrology, the poetry of Sidney Lanier, the history of Phoenicia, and commentary on the values of a dedicated teacher of a subject contrasted with a scientist in that subject, all in a kaleidoscopic combination. The book fills a unique place in Anthony's work as one that has garnered good reviews from hard-core science fiction fans as well as his usual audience of fantasy fans. Rising concern over the health of the working class and an increasing interest in preventative, social, medicine drove the opening of the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham, south east London in 1935. ... John Horton Conway (born December 26, 1937, Liverpool, England) is a prolific mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory. ... Sprouts is a pencil-and-paper game with interesting mathematical properties. ... Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). ... Sidney Lanier (February 3, 1842 – September 7, 1881) was an American musician and poet. ...


The central device is an instrument capable of viewing anywhere in the Galaxy, and which could be used for eavesdropping upon the communications of advanced civilizations. The effects of massively advanced technology in the hands of immature species were so bad that advanced civilizations permanently jammed the macroscope's "channel" with a video signal that destroyed the mind of any sufficiently intelligent (but immature) viewer; those not intelligent enough to be vulnerable would be unable to use the technologies discoverable by the macroscope.


External links

  • A synopsis and evaluation of the novel

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