Portal ePUB Þ Paperback

Portal ePUB Þ Paperback

Portal ❰Read❯ ➪ Portal Author Rob Swigart – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Originally published as an interactive novel on computer disk in , Portal is the story of an astronaut who returns to earth from a mysteriously aborted mission prematurely awakened from suspended anim originally published as an interactive novel on computer disk in , Portal is the story of an astronaut who returns to earth from a mysteriously aborted mission prematurely awakened from suspended animation One hundred years have passed animals and plants thrive, cities stand intact Every human being, however, has disappeared With the help of a slowly reviving computer network, the astronaut begins to piece together the events of the last century He learns of the child prodigy Peter Devore, of a world orchestrated by stunning new technologies, and of Peter s race against time to unlock the secrets of the Portal.


10 thoughts on “Portal

  1. Brian Turner Brian Turner says:

    I must have read this book at least 10 times since getting it back in the late 80s, and it s still as good today as it was then.This story unfolds as it progresses An astronaut is called back to earth to discover everyone gone, and then finds clues assystems come online.The backstory is filled in as he getsdetails.The astronauts interaction with the main computer, and the way the story is told in a logical manner, introducing the other main characters, and what happened, make this I must have read this book at least 10 times since getting it back in the late 80s, and it s still as good today as it was then.This story unfolds as it progresses An astronaut is called back to earth to discover everyone gone, and then finds clues assystems come online.The backstory is filled in as he getsdetails.The astronauts interaction with the main computer, and the way the story is told in a logical manner, introducing the other main characters, and what happened, make this a novel that can be read many times.As can happen with this type of sci fi, some of the references to events and technologies seem dated now, but none of this distracts from the overall story It really keeps you turning the pages to see what happened and what may happen


  2. Thomas M. Burby Thomas M. Burby says:

    So I first started reading this book as a video game for my Commodore 64 back in the 1980s It was a really cool kind of game an interactive novel You are the lone returning astronaut who finds that everyone on earth isgone All the remains are a few nodes or computer terminals that have precious little information, but enough to keep you reading As you uncovered and traveled through the network, new nodes noticed you and opened up new information It was a really fun game all cerebral So I first started reading this book as a video game for my Commodore 64 back in the 1980s It was a really cool kind of game an interactive novel You are the lone returning astronaut who finds that everyone on earth isgone All the remains are a few nodes or computer terminals that have precious little information, but enough to keep you reading As you uncovered and traveled through the network, new nodes noticed you and opened up new information It was a really fun game all cerebral and only text but it caught my attention I never finished it Then, I discovered it had been updated and published as a paper book by Rob Swigart, it s author So over 30 years later, I finally finished the story of Peter Devore and the opening of the Portal This story is amazing to me Written in the days before the Internet and the Web, this novel slyly imagines the technical advancement that was to come In this future world, everyone is connected, everyone is given a very specific, personally tailored education Most people live underground and the surface of the Earth is green and thriving People can travel vast distances quickly and cheaply There are many good things about the new world, but many bad ones, too Swigart envisions people addicted to virtual experiences what I imagine isn t far from, say, being addicted to video gaming or the Internet There are people who have altered their own DNA so that they can do many different things including living in the cold of Antarctica His vision came before the advent of CRISPR technology Again and again, I was reminded that the author was predicting things that would come to light and he did it fairly accurately, many decades before it happened I don t usually give 5 star reviews, and this book might not be his best work or the best sci fi that I had ever rad, but it had the haunting quality of being unique in my reading journey I hadn t read anything like it It deserves a new printing and perhaps a new video game adaptation, as well Peter Devore connects with Wanda Sixlove, a girl with a disease that disconnects her from the passage of time and recognizing her own face, as she journeys in deep space in suspended animation Together, they live in a world that seems to not have any clear sensibilities and change everything I wish I tell youIf you want to read this book, it s hard to find You might search for it s ebook online I have heard that it s out there, if you know where to look


  3. Tye Reeds Tye Reeds says:

    I have read this book twice, and I think I would read it a third time with pleasure I noticed that several other readers have read itthan once too I don t know what it is with this book, maybe the atmosphere it creates, or how the story slowly unfolds I loved the detective like narration where you discover together with the main character what happened to humanity.


  4. Charles Schoenherr Charles Schoenherr says:

    While some of the dates referenced Mars mission in the late 90 s for instance make for a slightly dated story, the way in which the narrative unfolds as the various computers come online and access is gained allows for a steadily unfolding story told in realtime.


  5. David David says:

    Just finished re reading it again probably for the third or fourth time in the last 20 years It s still holding up quite well Since I only remember the general ideas each time I pick it up again, it s also a pleasure to read, as if for the first time.


  6. Cris Cris says:

    I found the beginning so chaotic that I just couldn t get interested in the story.


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10 thoughts on “Portal

  1. Brian Turner Brian Turner says:

    I must have read this book at least 10 times since getting it back in the late 80s, and it s still as good today as it was then.This story unfolds as it progresses An astronaut is called back to earth to discover everyone gone, and then finds clues assystems come online.The backstory is filled in as he getsdetails.The astronauts interaction with the main computer, and the way the story is told in a logical manner, introducing the other main characters, and what happened, make this I must have read this book at least 10 times since getting it back in the late 80s, and it s still as good today as it was then.This story unfolds as it progresses An astronaut is called back to earth to discover everyone gone, and then finds clues assystems come online.The backstory is filled in as he getsdetails.The astronauts interaction with the main computer, and the way the story is told in a logical manner, introducing the other main characters, and what happened, make this a novel that can be read many times.As can happen with this type of sci fi, some of the references to events and technologies seem dated now, but none of this distracts from the overall story It really keeps you turning the pages to see what happened and what may happen

  2. Thomas M. Burby Thomas M. Burby says:

    So I first started reading this book as a video game for my Commodore 64 back in the 1980s It was a really cool kind of game an interactive novel You are the lone returning astronaut who finds that everyone on earth isgone All the remains are a few nodes or computer terminals that have precious little information, but enough to keep you reading As you uncovered and traveled through the network, new nodes noticed you and opened up new information It was a really fun game all cerebral So I first started reading this book as a video game for my Commodore 64 back in the 1980s It was a really cool kind of game an interactive novel You are the lone returning astronaut who finds that everyone on earth isgone All the remains are a few nodes or computer terminals that have precious little information, but enough to keep you reading As you uncovered and traveled through the network, new nodes noticed you and opened up new information It was a really fun game all cerebral and only text but it caught my attention I never finished it Then, I discovered it had been updated and published as a paper book by Rob Swigart, it s author So over 30 years later, I finally finished the story of Peter Devore and the opening of the Portal This story is amazing to me Written in the days before the Internet and the Web, this novel slyly imagines the technical advancement that was to come In this future world, everyone is connected, everyone is given a very specific, personally tailored education Most people live underground and the surface of the Earth is green and thriving People can travel vast distances quickly and cheaply There are many good things about the new world, but many bad ones, too Swigart envisions people addicted to virtual experiences what I imagine isn t far from, say, being addicted to video gaming or the Internet There are people who have altered their own DNA so that they can do many different things including living in the cold of Antarctica His vision came before the advent of CRISPR technology Again and again, I was reminded that the author was predicting things that would come to light and he did it fairly accurately, many decades before it happened I don t usually give 5 star reviews, and this book might not be his best work or the best sci fi that I had ever rad, but it had the haunting quality of being unique in my reading journey I hadn t read anything like it It deserves a new printing and perhaps a new video game adaptation, as well Peter Devore connects with Wanda Sixlove, a girl with a disease that disconnects her from the passage of time and recognizing her own face, as she journeys in deep space in suspended animation Together, they live in a world that seems to not have any clear sensibilities and change everything I wish I tell youIf you want to read this book, it s hard to find You might search for it s ebook online I have heard that it s out there, if you know where to look

  3. Tye Reeds Tye Reeds says:

    I have read this book twice, and I think I would read it a third time with pleasure I noticed that several other readers have read itthan once too I don t know what it is with this book, maybe the atmosphere it creates, or how the story slowly unfolds I loved the detective like narration where you discover together with the main character what happened to humanity.

  4. Charles Schoenherr Charles Schoenherr says:

    While some of the dates referenced Mars mission in the late 90 s for instance make for a slightly dated story, the way in which the narrative unfolds as the various computers come online and access is gained allows for a steadily unfolding story told in realtime.

  5. David David says:

    Just finished re reading it again probably for the third or fourth time in the last 20 years It s still holding up quite well Since I only remember the general ideas each time I pick it up again, it s also a pleasure to read, as if for the first time.

  6. Cris Cris says:

    I found the beginning so chaotic that I just couldn t get interested in the story.

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