Editorial Reviews. Review. Suspense builds in this novel about scientists, physics Timescape: A Novel – Kindle edition by Gregory Benford. Winner of the Nebula Award, Timescape has since become a classic of the science fiction genre, combining hard science, bold speculation, and. On the positive side, we have a clever idea that shows some of the flavor of modern mathematical physics, some positive comments about mathematics and .

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And that makes it particularly compelling for me now – because what might have seemed like deep cynicism about human culture and society and technology back then now seems especially prescient. The result is a really rich story, with almost too many overlapping elements that all must be explained and interwoven: But that’s because I’m interested in that aspect of scientific research and environmental development.

All in all, though, I enjoyed the book and loved the physics stuff of the flow of time and the final, and almost predictable but who cares, buddist revelation.

We see two time periods. Be the first to discover new talent! OK, people in the ‘future’, a crappy version ofare going to send a message via tachyons into the past world ofand this will set up a loop where they slowly converge to a less crappy future.

Unfortunately, that’s who Benford wants us to spend a lot of time getting to know.

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This book has rightly been called a classic of the hard science fiction genre. I was really hoping for much better however. It’s the character-based writing which was the clunkiest. Open Preview See a Problem? After wading through all that characterization, I wanted some resolution.

I kept picturing a big, molding orange. It is said each covered their own time period, and I can say that the descriptions of Cambridge and La Jolla are well done.


If you go back to change time and succeed will you ever go back in the first place and then will time be changed? In greegory timeframe, with England stuck in an economic rut dealing with the catastrophe, money for science is available only in small quantities. The fiction is so imaginative that separating fact from fiction requires too much thought, too. The lead physicist in the past must contend with the resistance of his scientific community and administrators, who dislike his results and view the idea of a “message” sent from somebody with incredulity, and they make an active effort to discredit his work.

Numerous are the descriptions of women as sex objects conveyed in timsscape fashion.

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Unfortunately, the authors ideas on paradox and the many-worlds interpretation come out quite muddled. Timescape explores the concept of time and the classic paradox. This decision has monumental consequences. I thought at that stage that the book sounded very promising and that it would be worth reading for the ideas alone.

While the poor characters are the biggest problem, there are others. The fact that the author is a physicist helped my rating info given in the Afterword. At one point, they conduct a test to see if they can, indeed, change the past. Will they do it in time, and what does that even mean, in a book about time travel? Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

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Jun 01, Tim rated it did not like it Shelves: All told there’s a lot of wading through the bland and occasionally awful just for a few bits of perfectly crafted writing or as your interest may be: Spectra January 13, Publication Date: If I wanted that, I would have read a romance.

The juxtaposition was mere happenstance. I discerned little social difference between the two eras, no altered point of view or different customs for the people living in Since it involves calculating where the Earth would have been positioned in and shooting a stream of tachyons in that direction that was my faulty understanding, at leastthe message is garbled and in fragments. Method of the world’s destruction: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Th Timescape is both a fascinating, hard SF book about sending messages backwards through time to save the world and a dull soap opera.


Clark Award inTimescape offers readers a great yarn, in terms of both humanity and science. The Berlin Project Kindle Edition. I think the tension of carrying on while society is falling apart would have been more interesting than having a couple argue about the husband spending too much time at the office. It’s fairly obvious to a well-informed reader of science today, but viewed with eyes, it’s an opener. Explore the Home Gift Guide. But as I said, this is still an awesome read, well worthy of its place as a SF Masterwork, and I would highly recommend it to all fans of the genre.

It’s interesting to read the mixed reviews on this book. It would have been nice for Hilary Foister to share in the credit, though, considering she supposedly co-wrote this with Benford.

Speculiction Review of Timescape by Gregory Benford

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It’s a lot to squeeze into one book, perhaps more than was necessary. Between pale thighs he saw the unending oval yawn.

And anyway, she had ample, athletic thighs that moved timescwpe the silky dress as though her whole body were constrained by the cloth, capable of joyful escape. To view it, click here. One of the characters dies for no apparent reason.