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ISBN: 0575013893
Author: Colin Kapp
Language: English
Publisher: Gollancz; 1st edition (1972)
Pages: 222
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 643
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Colin Kapp's Patterns of Chaos (1973) was originally a three-part serial in If in 1972. We learn that part of the answer to this fear lies in Bron's emerging powers to manipulate the patterns of chaos.

Colin Kapp's Patterns of Chaos (1973) was originally a three-part serial in If in 1972. I once wrote that Damon Knight's Beyond the Barrier (1964) failed as a van Vogt type of a novel because it lacked a sense of melodrama. Well, Kapp certainly has a sense of melodrama in Patterns of Chaos. Right from the get-go, our hero, Bron, is being subjected to bombs, missles, and death rays. But we don't really learn the exact source of the alien's fear until the end of the novel. And then we find that their fear of Bron was largely ungrounded.

The Patterns of Chaos (v. ). 2002 Anaerobic - Scanning errors, broken paragraphs and missing quotes fixed. The Patterns of Chaos is a swashbuckling science fiction novel set in a far-distant future when galactic colonization is far advanced and new, bizarre sciences, such as the prediction of future events, are highly developed skills. Commander Bron has been sent by the Commando Central Intelligence Bureau to seek and obliterate the Home World of the Destroyer forces before they' take over the Galaxy.

The Patterns of Chaos book. Colin Derek Ivor Kapp was a popular UK science fiction author, but one who never became a success in the USA. He was active, though not prolific, as an author in the 1960s through to the 1980s. He is best known for his "Unorthodox Engineers" stories, which recount an eccentric group of engineers, who accomplish impossible feats of engineering against all odds.

Colin Kapp’s most popular book is Patterns Of Chaos.

Born in 1928, Colin Kapp was both a British SF author and a worker in electronics, later becoming a freelance consultant . Kapp is best known for his stories about the Unorthodox Engineers, which gained a modest cult following.

Born in 1928, Colin Kapp was both a British SF author and a worker in electronics, later becoming a freelance consultant in electroplating. His writing career began with the publication of 'Life Plan' in New Worlds in November 1958. He passed away in 2007. For more information see ww. f-encyclopedia. com/entry/kapp colin.

The Patterns of Chaos is a 1972 science fiction novel by British writer Colin Kapp. It originally appeared in If magazine, serialized in three parts. It combines grand space operatic themes of battle between space empires and intergalactic alien invasion with philosophical themes of predestination and destiny, and detailed character development of a tight set of central characters.

Bron is a chaos catalyst. He wreaks havoc and destruction as surely as a hurricane wherever he goes  .

minor cover and spine creasing, light page tanning By Colin Kapp. The Patterns of Chaos. The pictures shown are of the actual book. See all 2 pre-owned listings. Patterns of Chaos by Colin Kapp (Paperback, 1974). Pre-owned: lowest price.

Chaos predictions analyze chains of cause and effect by reading the patterns of entropic change which the chains radiate as they unravel. The entropic events can be likened to pearls strung out on a string, with the axes coincident between cause and effect.

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Comments:

Lightbinder
I first read this book in my teens a number of years ago and was struck then by the way Kapp tried to describe good science, albeit made up, as part of good story,. This was the essence of the writers of that time and something missing too often now.
The sweep of time involved in the story was one of its great appeals as well as the idea of Bron, the central character. At first the memory loss seems a bit kitsch but the r-discovery in Bron as he unpicks what is going on works.
Really enjoyed reading this again, now if I can only find a copy of Unorthodox Engineers!
Urtte
This is undoubtedly one of the classics of the genre. My sister bought The Patterns of Chaos for 10c from the Library discard table when we were about 14 years old. She read it in one night, under the covers by torchlight because it was impossible to put down. I sacrificed my sleep the following night to do the same and our brother skipped school the next day - yes, it was that good. Now, some 34 years later, I've re-read it. It's just as good - perhaps even better (I'm a little more mature now and understand the subtext). Kapp's style has not dated too much and the pace of the plot holds true. The Patterns of Chaos deserves a place with the greats, next to The Forever War, anything by Ursula Le Guin, and Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
Cointrius
good read
Thundershaper
Read "The Chaos Weapon" as a kid and decided to re-read it, along with Kapps two other books on Amazon. Nothing really new, but Kapp approaches with just enough of an oblique angle, that I found this book interesting. Good stuff.
Pringles
This is an older book but I really liked it. Great story line, interesting premise and character development. I would recomend it to anybody that likes good Science Fiction.
iSlate
Classic silver age galactic battle sci-fi with hard science theory and physiological nuance added. An operative comes to consciousness on a planet literally being destroyed. He discovers voices in his head telling him that he is a planted agent to be abducted by the invaders who think he is a synecrist specialist (a master of chaos theory). Duly abducted, he begins to unravel the theoretical tangle that is chaos theory while his "abductors" seem to not be the real enemy but a potential ally in a war of total attrition started millions of years prior across the galactic void. Theory and action seem to spar with each other as Terran authorities and their 'Destroyer' adversaries crunch real time data to come to paradoxical conclusions that may lead to the salvation or obliteration of human kind. Through it all, 'Bron', the amnesia-addled protagonist, relies on instinct and gut reaction, a cartel of handlers (the jacked-up commander, the harried doctor, the vindictive ex-lover, the 'real' chaos aesthete expert) speaking into his brain though an implant, the 'geese in liquid' noises that must be alien communication and 'Destroyer' suspicion (the sadistic thug Daiquist, the second-guessing commander Cana). A recurrent nightmare somehow connected with the avian-warbling noises seem an omen of fatality as certain (or uncertain) as chaos theory itself, leading to a pursuit or predestination of ultimate truth as the defense force space fleets of humanity faces an insurmountable enemy alien fleet 700 million years in the making. Excellent sci-fi with equal parts action, psychological nuance, tangled threads of sub-plot, profoundly advanced fictional hard science theory and epic vision. Fast-paced, easy to read, well developed, highly recommended.
Aradwyn
Colin Kapp's _Patterns of Chaos_ (1973) was originally a three-part serial in _If_ in 1972. I once wrote that Damon Knight's _Beyond the Barrier_ (1964) failed as a van Vogt type of a novel because it lacked a sense of melodrama. Well, Kapp certainly has a sense of melodrama in _Patterns of Chaos_. Right from the get-go, our hero, Bron, is being subjected to bombs, missles, and death rays. And he has temporary amnesia. _And_ he is told that God is dead. A bit later, he is subjected to torture shirts by sadistic Christians. _And_ he must let himself get captured by the dreaded Destroyers.

Shortly thereafter, he is treated to the sight of the planet that he had been inhabiting (populated by about two million people) being blown to smithereens:

The blossoming fireball must have extented into space a full planetary diameter, a gulf of fantastic fiery plasma that streaked up and out with a velocity beyond the regions of belief. From his knowledge of physics Bron knew that such a fantastic holocaust must have stripped the atmosphere from the planet in seconds. The next stage was a sort of coalescence, the fireball contracting and drawing in upon itself as if to concentrate its essence. The color shifted from red to brilliant yellow, surrealistic with an ethereal fringe of blue. Around it the planetary features reappeared, but not the cool green and buffs of before. Now whole continents stood out as if raised to cherry heat, and where the seas had been were bowls of black, crawling with fire like soot on a chimney.
Then the planet broke up... (71-72)

About a third of the way into the novel, Bron learns the grim truth. The Destroyers did not destroy Onaris in a fit of pique. The planet was targeted by an alien race living millions of years in the past. They have taken a reading of factors in their own version of chaos theory and have targeted Bron as the major menace to their race-- enough to send missles across time and space to destroy entire worlds just to kill him.

We learn that part of the answer to this fear lies in Bron's emerging powers to manipulate the patterns of chaos. But we don't really learn the exact source of the alien's fear until the end of the novel. And then we find that their fear of Bron was largely ungrounded.

Bron is constantly in subliminal communication with a rather unholy trinity of helpers from Earth Central nicknamed Doc, the Bitch Goddess, and Ananias, who are rather a lot like their nicknames. They are often doublecrossing one another as much as they are helping Bron. And sometimes their "help" is of a rather grim sort of assistance.

At the close of the novel, Bron more or less gets the upper hand, but this is cold comfort. We learn that the human governments will be "unified," whether they like it or not, into a single government under Bron's dictatorship. I can't say that such a government would appeal to me.

Critics like John Clute, David Pringle, and Gary Westfahl have pilloried this novel. I can't say that the book is actually badly written from a purely technical standpoint. But when you actually stop to think about what is going on in it, it is a damned _unpleasant_ novel. Most of the central characters are rather odious, even the heroes. And we have a scenario in which millions upon millions of people are routinely slaughtered for (it turns out) no good reason at all. And we are supposed to take this as all part of the whiz-bang, gee-whiz action. It doesn't quite wash with me. Go back to the passage that I quoted from the novel and read it again. Ask yourself: "Is this simply 'vivid description'... or detailed bad taste?" And bear in mind that the novel is full of scenes like this.
A Hard Sci-fi book, Yet it was a good story, kapp was able to keep you interested despite the deep predictive chaos theory. The story is about aliens that are attacking our worlds through the science of chaos theory which is like predicting results. They know all the moves we will make... A man named Bron is a wild card, he makes the most illogical choices that throw a monkey wrench into their fool proof plans.

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