The Fortress at the End of Time



Captain Ronaldo Aldo Has Committed An Unforgivable Crime He Will Ask For Forgiveness All The Same From You, From God, Even From HimselfConnected By Ansible, Humanity Has Spread Across Galaxies And Fought A War Against An Enemy That Remains A Mystery At The Edge Of Human Space Sits The Citadel A Relic Of The War And A Listening Station For The Enemy S Return For A Young Ensign Aldo, Fresh From The Academy And Newly Cloned Across The Ansible Line, It S A Prison From Which He May Never EscapeDeplorable Work Conditions And Deafening Silence From The Blackness Of Space Have Left Morale On The Station Low And Tensions High Aldo S Only Hope Of Transcending His Station, And Cloning A Piece Of His Soul Somewhere New Is Both His Triumph And His Terrible CrimeThe Fortress at the End of Time

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  • Paperback
  • 305 pages
  • The Fortress at the End of Time
  • Joe M. McDermott
  • English
  • 28 October 2019
  • 076539281X

10 thoughts on “The Fortress at the End of Time

  1. says:

    What if a guy went to a remote space station on the outskirts of the galaxy and nothing happened

  2. says:

    A fascinating look into the life of a clone living on the fringes of deep space with a bunch of people who don t like him An existential look at cloning, colonization, military down time, alien war, and life at the far reaches of space Full video review A fascinating look into the life of a clone living on the fringes of deep space with a bunch of people who don t like him An existential look at cloning, colonization, military down time, alien war, and life at the far reaches of space Full video review

  3. says:

    A paper thin, pointless, boring plot, an oddly religion and sin obsessed story, boring characters, stilted unnatural dialogue, internal inconsistenciesthis book is a litany of failures Also I don t think the author knows how military ranks work

  4. says:

    I m sorry I spent money on this book DNF 15%The premise is intriguing, reminiscent of OLD MAN S WAR But that s where the positives end.The protagonist is melodramatic and unlikeable There is no plot There is no humor There is no action.And worst of all, the characters speak like English is their second language no contractions, choppy sentences, and robotic exposition.For your consideration, I offer the worst line of dialogue I ve read in years A That s really pathetic It was right in f I m sorry I spent money on this book DNF 15%The premise is intriguing, reminiscent of OLD MAN S WAR But that s where the positives end.The protagonist is melodramatic and unlikeable There is no plot There is no humor There is no action.And worst of all, the characters speak like English is their second language no contractions, choppy sentences, and robotic exposition.For your consideration, I offer the worst line of dialogue I ve read in years A That s really pathetic It was right in front of you and you didn t know B No A Are you serious That s very sad, Ronaldo The stars will be yours I will never be We are still friends Good bye gag

  5. says:

    An intriguing premise indeed and in places an immersive read but ultimately very gloomy.

  6. says:

    This is dark military science fiction, and probably one of the most compelling stories that I ve read in some time It s the hallmark of an excellent story when I ve read it in August and both the characters and the plot remain fresh in my mind months later.The Fortress at the End of Time follows Captain Ronaldo Aldo s clone, who is stationed at the Citadel a listening station at the edge of the human space Humanity is connected by ansible and is spread across space in order to fight a mysteri This is dark military science fiction, and probably one of the most compelling stories that I ve read in some time It s the hallmark of an excellent story when I ve read it in August and both the characters and the plot remain fresh in my mind months later.The Fortress at the End of Time follows Captain Ronaldo Aldo s clone, who is stationed at the Citadel a listening station at the edge of the human space Humanity is connected by ansible and is spread across space in order to fight a mysterious enemy, but no one has seen or engaged with this enemy in many generations.The Citadel is one of the worst postings a clone can receive a desolate outback with a barely livable planet below McDermott uses the bare surroundings to their best effect He neatly switches the novella s atmosphere from the claustrophobia of working in the space station s confined quarters to the immensity of space without losing a beat But it is the overwhelming futility of the crew s existence that dominates the story Most of the crew members work within the system to better their own lives They ve accepted the status quo and see no reason to change it, except where it might profit them.Aldo tries that route and finds himself unable to maneuver the space station s multiple intrigues His only way out of the Citadel is to transcend his station and clone a piece of his soul somewhere new Unable to work within the structure, Aldo makes a desperate plan for escape.There is no happily ever after here, but that is okay, because the reader is expecting a tragedy The highlight of this story is that the tragedy isn t necessarily the end, but perhaps the beginning of something new, something better for Aldo at the very least it is acceptance I found The Fortress at the End of Time to be an engaging and intellectually astute novella that leaves the reader to draw their own conclusions about whether Aldo s actions were right or wrong And that is the kind of story that is worthy of discussion

  7. says:

    This military fiction novel reads a bit like Walter Miller JR s A Canticle For Leibowitz meets Dino Buzzatti s The Tartar Steppes, which is so much my peculiar square inch of fiction I like that saying I simply liked this book is an understatement The main character is a bit of an annoying prig, but that s not a bad thing I m calling this military SF because I suspect it s truer to a lot of people s military experience being bored a lot in far away places than zap pow laser marines fighti This military fiction novel reads a bit like Walter Miller JR s A Canticle For Leibowitz meets Dino Buzzatti s The Tartar Steppes, which is so much my peculiar square inch of fiction I like that saying I simply liked this book is an understatement The main character is a bit of an annoying prig, but that s not a bad thing I m calling this military SF because I suspect it s truer to a lot of people s military experience being bored a lot in far away places than zap pow laser marines fighting alien hordes

  8. says:

    Hmmmm I actually thoroughly enjoyed it but man did I want to punch Aldo in the face Ugh.

  9. says:

    An interesting beginning, with a tiresome journey and ultimately a boring end.Think of dead end jobs and how do people feel in such jobs and then map them to a similar situation in space This is pretty much what this book is about The author does well to capture the suffocation and loneliness of people in such a situation and by transferring the story to space, certain aspects of this situation are evenexaggerated giving these emotionsliteral effectiveness That is suffocation and An interesting beginning, with a tiresome journey and ultimately a boring end.Think of dead end jobs and how do people feel in such jobs and then map them to a similar situation in space This is pretty much what this book is about The author does well to capture the suffocation and loneliness of people in such a situation and by transferring the story to space, certain aspects of this situation are evenexaggerated giving these emotionsliteral effectiveness That is suffocation and loneliness are not just abstract quantities butliteral, created by the isolation of space.While the failings of this story are quite few, it is just that the story itself is a tiresome reading When I began this book, I felt it might be a strange fascinating lovechild of Rendezvous with Rama and The Martian However, the central character Ronaldo Aldo from whose point of view we are told the story is unlikable, quite in contrast with The Martian, and the story itself detracts itself from the nitty gritty details of the station and the colony and indulges itself quite a bit with everyday socio political drama of space, quite in contrast with Rendezvous with Rama.Of course, I must not fault it for failing my expectations, but the story in and of itself is quite boring there is no action whatsoever happening and not to mention the very pessimistic view of the future bias against women, transsexuals etc does not really lend itself to a pleasureable read Now, don t get me wrong I am not one of those sci fi readers with rose colored glasses and very much enjoy a dystopian society but the story in the book was so mundane that I might have been reading a telephone directory from the future.Overall, I felt that this was an OK story but it had neither the nitti grittiness of a hardcore sci fi nor the relatable socio political drama that can keep you hooked It tries to do both and it fails at both The central question that kept me hooked throughout was the unforgivable sin that the central character commits and the answer at the end was quite disappointing and not really worth the time spent on this book

  10. says:

    Joe M McDermott s The Fortress at the End of Time might be a little bit genius, but I can t decide if I loved it or hated it It s got a great classic sci fi sensibility if, but I m generally not one for classics It s a novel that, while short, is often boring, but intentionally so and in a way that mostly works if you re a patient reader It s got some big ideas that are worthy of considered exploration, but none that are particularly fresh It s solidly written with a distinctive voice and s Joe M McDermott s The Fortress at the End of Time might be a little bit genius, but I can t decide if I loved it or hated it It s got a great classic sci fi sensibility if, but I m generally not one for classics It s a novel that, while short, is often boring, but intentionally so and in a way that mostly works if you re a patient reader It s got some big ideas that are worthy of considered exploration, but none that are particularly fresh It s solidly written with a distinctive voice and style, but there s nothing especially exceptional about it It s a book that I m glad to have read because it is a bit outside of my usual fare and a nice change, but I don t feel compelled to read eitherof McDermott s work orof this sort of thing in general It s not that The Fortress at the End of Time is unremarkable or pedestrian it s just a profoundly workmanlike example of its type of thing thoughtful medium hard military ish sci fi that has something to say about some stuff if you like this sort of thing I can easily imagine this being a book that lots of other people love, but I can t muster any very strong feelings about it, myself.Read the full review at SF Bluestocking

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