A Mirror for Observers Edgar Pangborn

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A Mirror for Observers  by  Edgar Pangborn

A Mirror for Observers by Edgar Pangborn
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A finding of modern physics is that observers always affect things observed & vice versa. This book is the axiom brought to life in a way that breaks your heart.Martians arrived 30,000 years ago, exiles from a dying planet. Seeing human societyMore A finding of modern physics is that observers always affect things observed & vice versa. This book is the axiom brought to life in a way that breaks your heart.Martians arrived 30,000 years ago, exiles from a dying planet.

Seeing human society wasnt ready for contact with another race, they built homes underground & undersea, waiting for humanity to grow up. They send out Observers to monitor & occasionally help direct humans towards a more ethical civilization. Some despair of humanity--one of their undersea cities was located at Bikini atoll--& plan to wipe it out so they can have Earth for themselves. The conflict between one of these Abdicators & an Observer is the upper level conflict of the novel.The one both parties focus on, Angelo, is a prodigy of twelve, a budding artist & philosopher, one whos likely to move society towards a more peaceful, introspective & accepting culture.

But Angelos entering puberty & wants to be accepted by his peers. His 10-year old girlfriend Sharon shows signs of becoming a world-class pianist. How both Observer & Abdicator meddle in their lives, how they grow & change, & the effect on humanity as a whole forms the main part of the book.Sharon & Angelos characters are superbly drawn. Its impossible not to become deeply involved with them.

What happens may reduce you to tears. The character of the Observer also slips into your heart. Changes in his outlook make for a bitter yet exalting comment on what is right & wrong with humans. This is typical of Pangborn. His work is oriented towards people, not gadgets or theories. Here its presented almost perfectly.Aspects of his envisioned future will seem dated or off the mark, but none seriously impact the focus.

This is literature in the best sense, a book that will uplift, entertain & force a reexamination of your worldview.--Patrick Shepherd (edited)



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