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Richard Paul Russo

Autor(a) de Ship of Fools

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Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) The science fiction writer, Richard Paul Russo is author of the "Carlucci" novels, "Singleton" novels, etc. He is not the same author as either Richard Russo [Mohawk, Empire Falls, etc.] or Richard Anthony Russo [co-editor of the Yellow Silk anthologies with Lily Pond, and editor of Dreams Are Wiser Than Men]. Please do not combine these authors; thank you.

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Obras por Richard Paul Russo

Ship of Fools (2001) 878 exemplares
The Rosetta Codex (2005) 206 exemplares
Carlucci (2003) 176 exemplares
Destroying Angel (1992) 147 exemplares
Carlucci's Edge (1995) 130 exemplares
Carlucci's Heart (1997) 104 exemplares
Subterranean Gallery (1989) 96 exemplares
Inner Eclipse (1988) 89 exemplares
Terminal Visions (2000) 25 exemplares
Celebrate the Bullet (1991) 2 exemplares
Just Drive, She Said 2 exemplares
Butterflies 1 exemplar
The Second Descent 1 exemplar
Chances Are 1 exemplar
The Rosetta Codex (2005) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

In the Field of Fire (1987) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Future Cops (2003) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Silver Gryphon (2003) — Autor — 42 exemplares
The Orbit Science Fiction Yearbook: No. 3 (1990) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Wassermans Roboter (1988) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Mondaugen — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
Das Blei der Zeit (1993) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1954
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
Seattle, Washington, USA
Educação
Clarion Workshop (1983)
Ocupações
author
writer
Organizações
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Nota de desambiguação
The science fiction writer, Richard Paul Russo is author of the "Carlucci" novels, "Singleton" novels, etc. He is not the same author as either Richard Russo [Mohawk, Empire Falls, etc.] or Richard Anthony Russo [co-editor of the Yellow Silk anthologies with Lily Pond, and editor of Dreams Are Wiser Than Men]. Please do not combine these authors; thank you.

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beskamiltar | 2 outras críticas | Apr 10, 2024 |
If you know me at all, you'll know that my favorite horror film and my favorite science fiction is Alien. I found Ship of Fools to be akin to Ridley Scott's sci-fi/horror classic, although Russo's novel is more psychological horror rather than "slasher in space". Ship of Fools and Alien both have a similar tone and somewhat similar plot in that a seemingly-abandoned alien spaceship is discovered by the crew of a human-occupied ship. But this is about the extent of similarities between the two.

The set-up of Ship of Fools is amazing and most of the novel is quite intriguing. We follow Bartholomeo, resident of the upper levels of the generation starship Argonos, which is where the more privileged citizens of the ship reside (government officials, ship crew, etc.), while the bottom levels are reserved for the lower classes. It's pretty much a city in space. The ship has been traveling through the galaxy for so long in search of a habitable planet that no one really knows the ship's origin. Some, like the ship's bishop, believe it has always existed. Finally the ship lands on an unknown planet. There the crew finds a Dante-esque scene in a chamber located deep within a jungle: ""There were hundreds of bones scattered about the floor, strips of decayed flesh, pools and smears of viscous fluid. Just as it was impossible to avoid brushing against the hanging skeletons, so was it impossible to avoid stepping on bone or in thick, sticky liquid as I moved through the room."" A mutiny follows. Bartolomeo is imprisoned, but when a mysterious ship, seemingly imbued with evil, shows up, he is released and named leader of an exploration team. Terror ensues. As well as philosophical and moral debates.

Ship of Fools is a fast-paced novel that deals with the tension of interpersonal and societal conflicts on a space ship whose mission seems futile and whose discovery mandates a response. It also deals with issues of faith. Its horror comes not from the unknown alien ship necessarily but from what this discovery does to the inhabitants of Argonos. The horror also comes from the existential fear of abandonment that Russo puts within the novel. Since Bartholomeo has only ever known the starship he lives on, why should he believe in a God that has seemed to abandon him and those on Argonos and allow evil to exist, even when his friend, Father Veronica is so convincing in her arguments about the existence of God?

While the end of the novel does appear to be a bit abrupt, I thought Russo gave us a hopeful conclusion to the plight of the Argonos and its inhabitants. It might not have been the payoff we were expecting but I liked it. The crux of this story is about humans trying to survive in space and find a new home for themselves amidst the realization that the problem of evil will follow us wherever we may roam. And the evil can manifest itself in various ways. With that knowledge, we have to choose life in the end. The Argonos after years of drifting in space, has found a path forward.

As Batholomeo states: "Life. That, at least, is something I believe in."



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ryantlaferney87 | 25 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Very well written book that unfortunately goes nowhere. We have a lot of mystery build up... and that is it. The book ends without an actual ending and with zero explanation of wtf was going on. Very unsatisfying and too bad, since the premises were very well constructed.
recenzie pe larg: https://bloguldesefe.ro/2021/09/12/cand-uiti-incotro-te-indreptai-in-intuneric-d...… (mais)
 
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