Would you like to read a science fiction novel that explores the consequences of an unlimited energy source that threatens to destroy the universe?
The Gods Themselves is a novel by Isaac Asimov, published in 1972, which won the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel. The novel is divided into three parts, set on Earth, on a planet in a parallel universe, and on a lunar colony. The main plot revolves around a project of the inhabitants of a parallel universe (the para-universe) with physical laws different from ours. By exchanging matter from their universe with ours, they seek to take advantage of differences in physical laws. The exchange of matter provides an alternative source of energy to maintain your universe. However, the exchange can cause Earths Sun to collapse into a supernova, and even turn a large part of the Milky Way into a quasar. There is hope among the para-universe that the energy explosion will occur in our universe.
The novel chronicles the struggle of a few characters trying to convince the world that Earths last source of renewable energy is killing the planet. If humanity does not stop cultivating this source, the entire solar system will collapse. The novel also explores the cultural and biological differences between humans and para-universe aliens, as well as the political and social conflicts between Earth and the Moon.
The Gods Themselves is a fascinating, witty, and provocative novel that raises ethical, scientific, and philosophical questions about the use of energy, communication with other species, and the fate of the universe. Asimov is one of the masters of science fiction, with a prolific and varied body of work that ranges from robotics to history. If you like stories that combine science, adventure, and reflection, dont miss this Asimov masterpiece.