There are many ways to deal with the unknown: Explore it. Ignore it. Or destroy ithellip;In this powerful, provocative novel, Ken Wharton welcomes you to Mandala, an extra-solar Earth colony where the unknown is rapidly approachinghellip; Cut off from Earth for over a century, the people of Mandala have created an utterly unique society-and developed religious beliefs and cultural customs that are completely their own.Now, word has arrived that thousands of new colonists-most of whom are frozen in cryogenic suspension-are en route from Earth. Fearing a crippling shift in the planetrs"s balance of power, the Prime Minister vows to do whatever it takes to keep them away.But someone else knows that theyrs"re coming. A young deaf-mute, Drew Randall can communicate in his own unconventional way. And someone-or something-has told him that the new colonists have finally arrivedhellip;
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This was a fun book full of ideas about quantum mechanics, religion, and deep-space colonization. It is the story of a colony of humans 75 light years from Earth, who have to decide how to react to the imminent arrival of thousands of new colonists: will they be welcome or is the threat of their new majority too much to stand? Then there is a scientific religion that is discussed throughout, with the interesting premise that God is humanity in reverse--while we are heading away from the Big Bang toward the Big Crunch, God is us heading away from the Big Crunch toward the Big Bang. Hard for me to explain well, but an intriguing idea. There are also dope-smoking rebels, a corrupt government, a deaf/mute child who communicates with his own personal God, and a mysterious Mercury-like planet called Hades that may be more than it seems. Yes, there is a lot going on in this book and at times it jumps around quite a bit, but for me it touched on all the story lines adequately and had a satisfying conclusion.
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