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Canopus in argos: archives. Experiments The Sirian Experiments is the third in a series of novels with the overall title ‘Canopus in Argos: Archives’; the first is Shikasta (1979); the second The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980); the fourth The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982); and the fifth The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983). psychologicall. hat artefacts of all kinds might have had (perhaps do have) functions we do not suspec. hat the human race has a future planned for it more glorious than we can now imagin. hat.

Doris May Lessing was a British writer, author of novels including The Grass is Singing and The Golden Notebook. Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the prize, the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". Lessing was the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Doris Lessing was a British novelist, playwright and short story writer. Doris Lessing was a prolific Nobel Prize winning writer, who penned more than fifty books. This biography provides detailed information about her childhood, life, career, achievements & timeline. It is difficult to slot her works under a single heading for they include many genres - novels (literary and science fiction novels), autobiographies, short stories, plays and essays, and address various topics such as racial inequalities, women’s liberation, communism, and ethics with great candor. The Report by Ambien II, of the Five As for UFOs, we may hardly disbelieve in what is so plentifully vouched for so plentifully by sound, responsible, sensible people, scientific and secular. All our literatures, the sacred books, myths, legends-the records of the human race-tell of great struggles between good and evil. This struggle is reflected down to the level of the detective story, the Western, the romantic novel. It would be hard to find a tale or a song or a play that does not reflect this battle. As for UFOs, we may hardly disbelieve in what is so plentifully vouched for so plentifully by sound, responsible, sensible people, scientific and secular.

Doris Lessing was a prolific author and I haven't read much of her work and what I have read, including the Canopus series, is probably what's considered her experimental fringe by those familiar with the corpus of her literary output. She writes very well and I'm sure deserves her Nobel Prize. I'm fascinated with Canopus and love it.

Shortlisted for the 1981 Booker Prize. The Sirian Experiments is the third volume in Doris Lessing's celebrated space fiction series. 'Canopus in Argos: Archives'. In this interlnked quintet of novels, she creates a new, extraordinary cosmos where the fate of the Earth is influenced by the rivalries and interactions of three powerful galactic empires, Canopus, Sirius and their enemy, Puttiora.blending myth, fable and allegory, Doris Lessing's astonishing visionary creation both reflects and redefines the history of own world from its earliest beginnings to an inevitable, tragic self-destruction.

The Sirian Experiments chronicles the origins of our planet, the three galactic empires fight for control of the human race. The novel charts the gradual moral awakening of its narrator, charts the charts the gradual moral awakening of its narrator, Ambien II, a 'dry, dutiful, efficient' female Sirian administrator. Witnessing the wanton colonisation of land and people, Ambien begins to question her involvement in such insidious experimentation, her faith in the possibility os human progress itself growing weaker every day.

  • Haal
Canopus In Argos: Archives by Doris Lessing

Five novels in one, 1229 pages. "Soft" or "social" science fiction. The reader eventually comes to realize that the planet "Shikasta" being described dispassionately by envoys from the highly technologically advanced civilization of Canopus, is Earth. And what a damning report it is, in all its starkly objective depiction of human cultural- and collective psycho-pathology. "1984" and "Brave New World" are kid stuff compared to this.

I first discovered Doris Lessing's semi-autobiographical "African Stories," set in apartheid Rhodesia, decades ago, and liked them. Later I read her surrealistic dystopian "Memoirs Of a Survivor" and her compelling "Summer Before the Dark" and liked them too. Doris Lessing was a prolific author and I haven't read much of her work and what I have read, including the Canopus series, is probably what's considered her experimental fringe by those familiar with the corpus of her literary output. She writes very well and I'm sure deserves her Nobel Prize.

I'm fascinated with Canopus and love it. It isn't an easy read and it isn't a pretty story. But, then, we aren't a pretty species. Doris Lessing sees our situation as I do and she pulls no punches. I would like to recommend Canopus In Argos: Archives, to everyone. I think that everyone needs to read it. Yet I don't know anyone who I think would appreciate it or like it. I don't think anyone I know has the patience to put up with it or the courage to face it. Maybe some would enjoy the brilliance of Doris Lessing's prose style, her sheer skill at writing. But her message? I think you would shy away from it, but maybe not. Try it for yourself if you like, and see.

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Finished reading Doris Lessing's "Canopus in Argos: Archives" today. All 1,229 pages. I'm left thinking, WHAT did I just read.

These five novels give vignettes from an archived history of our galaxy, seen from the perspective of the species from several different galactic empires, primarily the reports of Agents of Canopus, spanning interstellar distances over vast periods of time. The empire of Puttiora, and their outlaw planet Shammat, are the "bad guys," being parasites and general troublemakers who suck energy from the Alignment that energizes the Galactic Necessity, which only the Canopeans fully understand. Then there is the Sirian empire, conducting their genetic experiments on planets far and wide, who for ages are galactic tyrants before becoming introspective and well-meaning, before the cycle repeats. And everywhere are the Agents of Canopus, doing what they can to help all these species and civilizations deal with various catastrophes, while appearing rather ineffective since they realize that cosmic processes can't be rushed -- who understand that there isn't much they can do as circumstances unfold according to the Necessity -- having learned from experience that all too often direct intervention only makes matters worse.

The Canopeans only travel by spacecraft, subject to the laws of physics, if they have a lot of cargo to haul, a population to remove before a comet impact, or something similar. When they want to travel faster they simply die, to be reborn on the world of their destination as one of the native inhabitants, spirits apparently not being subject to the limitation of Einstein's equations. Not only does the "Canopus .. " series describe the physical galaxy as we know it but likewise the various "Zones" that surround planets, Zone Six being very much what we may conceive of as the "spirit world" or "Bardo" as the Tibetan Buddhists called it. According to the "Bardo Thodol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead," the recently departed spirit, if not conditioned by yogic practice, shies away from the Pure White Light of Reality into reincarnation post haste. Doris Lessing introduces the cheerful idea of spirits being so disheartened by repeated incarnation on "Shikasta" (Earth) that they prefer existence as unhappy ghosts in a bleak ghostland to another planetside go-round, and must be urged by Canopean Agents into queue for the next available womb.

Yes, Shikasta is not a happy planet nor is its dominant species a very attractive animal. Having our foibles as a particular ape species with a certain set of behavioral prerogatives spelled out by selection in a certain adaptive environment, described dispassionately by alien sociologists or "anthro"-pologists, or ethologists perhaps most aptly, is marvelous to me although I suppose could be unsettling to those who have a higher opinion of our species than I do. What else is marvelous is Doris Lessing's sense of dry ironic humor. These books are full of humor although Lessing can be so unremittingly grim (The fourth Novel, "The Making of the Representative for Planet 8," tells the story of a rather pleasant planet that undergoes an ice age that ends all life, for example.) that her humor can sneak up on you. I'd find myself laying there reading away while it slowly dawned on me that what I was reading was really funny. So don't expect her humor to leap out at you. Maybe it helps to be a bit twisted to appreciate her.

The story of what's going on and who's who unfolds over the first, third and fifth novels. Lacking a sense of narrative structure until well towards the end of the collection, creates a tension that helps hold interest. The reader wants to know more about what's going on in this galactic scale saga, and Lessing only gradually lets you know. In a larger sense, though, the story itself may not be all that important. Plot is de-emphasized and serves only as loose matrix for the author's descriptive embellishments, explorations of dialogue, moral and sociological musings, and experiments in storytelling. I almost get the feeling that even her words don't matter much as she weaves a dreamy spell over the reader, from whose miasma unspoken truths may sink in.

It occurred to me that reading "Canopus in Argos: Archives" is an experience much akin to reading Gurdjieff, particularly his "Beelzebub's Tales To His Grandson" trilogy. Both strike me as being more of a neurolinguistic programming endeavor or device, as opposed to being stories to be told with details to be remembered. Perhaps this isn't accidental, as I read later that Lessing was influenced by the writings of Indries Shah. There was a bit of a controversy back in the 1970s, I believe it must've been, when Shah proclaimed that there was nothing original about the teachings of the Gurdjieff/Ouspensky school, that everything they said came directly from the Sufi literature. Students of Gurdjieff hotly contested that assertion but there can be little doubt but what Gurdjieff was heavily immersed in Sufi mysticism, as was Shah himself. Could "Canopus in Argos: Archives," along with the writings of Gurdjieff, be Sufi expositions rendered consciously or unconsciously by these authors? Or could they just be monumental exercises of the urge to spill words? I'm still trying to decide WHAT "Canopus .. " is supposed to be, besides one long slog of a read.
  • Urllet
How little we know or can imagine what may happen to this planet, or any other, as it has been happening for ages! And the reason for all this: providing experiences developing our consciousness, us the uppermost layer of the planet, or perhaps of this particular solar system.

Remember that Lady Doris was a student and friend of the eminent sage Idries Shah. Thus the extraordinary quality of this whole series Canopus in Argos: Archives of which this volume is a part. Read the whole corpus, I suggest. You will get a wider perspective of what kind of ants, nay bacteria, we are compared to the whole Cosmos. And again, the Purpose of all this: both kind of similar to some parts of some religions and also going so much beyond the popular simplifications, beyond what the author calls Degenerative Disease.

And still it is an easy read, not the dryness of the Western philosophy. Of course if you are capable of transcending the mass media or social media daily nonsense. For people who aspire to thinking as opposed to mechanicality which we mistake for thinking. Be prepared to allow that it is less fictional than you may think.
  • Velellan
The Canopus in Argos series by Doris Lessing are often cataloged under "sci fi" or "fantasy." They are a little of both, I guess, but Lessing's is the conceit of a major novelist. These five books transcend any easy cataloging. In the Canopus series, she writes from the third person accounts of observers of earth's whole history, observers who have an interest in influencing earth-life to attain a healthy balance with the earth environment at the same time that earth's creatures struggle to evolve toward a consciousness that has a very long view of what is important and necessary rather than the short view that is so very common among humans. That sounds pretty hippy-dippy, which the books are not. Trust me, like any first-rate author, Lessing has a wide view, a big vision that is both light and dark, and she writes excellently.

Lessing's themes here are only more vital today at the start of the second decade of the 21st century, about 40 years after the books were written.

For me, this 4th book in the series is the weakest -- but I have discussed it with friends, readers, who like this one best of the 5. (There you go.) It is also, I think, the shortest of the 5. (I haven't counted pages!)

The series as a whole, though, is an important set in 20th century fiction, IMO. After I finished the first in the series (_Shikasta_), I read the 2nd (a surprising, lyrical love story) immediately, and then the 3rd, and the 4th, and the amusing 5th.

My recommendation: Start with _Shikasta_. Each of the books is a self-contained novel, but _The Making of Rep. 8_ will resonate with you more strongly, if you start the larger story at its beginning.
  • MrCat
I read these novels some twenty years ago and wanted to have a go again, but my local libraries came up short. I remember the novels as being rather dreamy, poetic, mythic, allegorical. A history of Earth as viewed by the beings from another galaxy, some dry observers, others emotional. There are even visits to limbo as the dead wait in line to be reborn again. Fascinating novels, I felt at the time, unlike any I had ever read before. I am happy to have access to them again.
  • Gholbimand
Just reread this after years and it was even better than my (rather faded!) memory of it. Lessing is one of my favourite writers and in my view was and is so beyond her time that even now this book is probably still just one step ahead of current evolution. It was fascinating to see how much of what was predicted for the "imaginary" Shikasta has actually come to pass in recent years. But what I really felt on this read was the deep flow of Canopus, with its heart based approach of flow and interconnection patiently waiting for the egoic and suspicious Sirius to catch up. Lovely, profound, moving, disturbing and totally captivating. I'm looking forward to rereading the rest of the series.