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Gregory Markham lead a team that is urgently trying to use tachyons to send warnings back to the physicists f 1962 to head ff the environmental collapse that will ccur in the intervening decadesGiven the premise you might reasonably expect the story to be a nail biting thriller in which the scientists f the future are racing against time to send back messages sufficient to convince the scientists f 1962 that they are really from the future not a hoax Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, or communications from aliens and provide enough data that these scientistsf the past can mobilize the world to stave Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. off future disaster But instead Timescape takes its time showing us all the minutiaef the scientists lives particularly those in 1962 their daily experimental routines rivalries with colleagues dissertation committees worries about promotion to tenure track positions exercise regimes etc Gordon even has to fend The Reformation (World History Series) off his Jewish mother back in NY who doesn t want her precious son to marry a sexually liberated goyim girl from CA One thing to note is that scientists worldf 1962 is dominated by men with the women almost exclusively playing second fiddle as wives r girlfriends So if you are bothered by that even though it may be an accurate portrait f the times keep that in mind It got Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One on my nerves a bitIt s fairlybvious early Date With A Dead Doctor on that Benford an Emeritus Professorf Physics at UC Irvine specializing in plasma physics and astrophysics including wormholes and galactic jets is injecting much Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium of hiswn experiences as a physics graduate student at UCSD into the characters Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of Timescape There s certainly nothing wrong with drawingn your Orb: A Tale of Alien Pregnancy own life experiences to write a novel since you know this world intimately But you do have to be careful just how much to commit to paper and how to balance this with the proper pacing and not harming the plot Personally I thought there was way too much time spentn this part Witchopoly of the story and cutting this down by 100 150 pages would have improved the pacing dramaticallyThether problem I had was the central scientific concept Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of using tachyons to communicate with the past Since it involves calculating where the Earth would have been positioned in 1962 and shooting a streamf tachyons in that direction that was my faulty understanding at least the message is garbled and in fragments But strangely the messages are focused almost exclusively Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro on describing the environmental and ecological problemsf the future including detailed chemical formulas rather than providing details to convince the 1962 scientists that these messages are really from the future So much f the middle portion f the book is spent n the 1962 scientists at UCSD arguing about whether the messages are coming from secret military communications the Russians extra terrestrials etc Why not just spell it ut from the beginning and save a huge amount Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of timeThough I didn t fully understand it apparently the future scientists were attempting to avoid spellingut exactly their identity and intentions to avoid the time paradox Boarding House of Hunks of having the 1962 scientists correctly understand the messages inform the worldf the danger and take actions to prevent ecological collapse thus negating the future in which the messages were sent from This is a classic time travel paradox known as the grandfather paradox which asks what would happen
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is this impossibleInstead if they can provide just enough data to encourage the past scientists to take actionsthis impossibleInstead if they can provide just enough data to encourage the past scientists to take actions avoid future disaster but not enough to erase the future timeline f the messages they can avoid the paradox by creating a new alternative and better timeline It s enough to twist your brain into a Moebius strip which is what time travel stories should do But I just couldn t really make sense f this particular idea It comes from the many worlds theory f uantum physics with the idea that alternative universes are continually being created in infinite variations and in Timescape the scientists were trying to direct this process These ideas were explained with greater clarity in Greg Egan s uarantineI listened to the audiobook produced by Recorded Books and they went the extra mile by using two narrators Englishman Simon Prebble for the Cambridge scientists f 1998 and American Pete Bradbury for the UCSD scientists f 1962 It s a nice way to distinguish between the two narrative streams since you can immediately recognize them by the alternating accents which is very helpful for audio readers I thought they both did excellent work and any failing are due to the turgid pace f the story It s interesting to read the mixed reviews n this book Surprising that f those who liked it many felt it was long dense too much detail too much science r science that was hard to understand Oddly my recollection f reading it multiple times back when it first came ut was that both the writing and plot development were remarkably elegant and spare And that surely is ne reason it won the Nebula There was just enough science in my view described as was fitting for the advancement Our Planet: Our Home of the plot since key plot lines in the future and the past revolved around understanding what was possible and what it meant I was gripped by the desperate and uncertain efforts to communicate something to the past that might prevent the ecological disaster in the present And by the slow uncertain processf discovery efforts to interpret and understand and finally communicate its import the slow poignant unraveling Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 of the truth Benford s evocationsf past and future academic settings was dead n and sobering to those f us who ve worked in those environments as I was when I read the book Characterizations were PERFECT deeply human without a scrap Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings of unnecessary detail You felt eually for the people who cared and thought deeply and for those who had lost their way following their ambitions in a fatally materialistic world Today we face multiple potentially world killing ecological causal chains and have the processing ability to tease themut and predict their utcomes much accurately and chillingly then back in 1980 when this book was first published And that makes it particularly compelling for me now because what. Lation and human drama In the year 1998 a group f scientists works desperately to communicate with the scientists Maybe I ve read too many time travel books r seen too many Twilight Zone episodes but when I read a novel that involves time travel and part f it takes place in 1962 I expect to see a message being sent saying TELL KENNEDY NOT TO GO TO DALLAS IN NOVEMBER Not a bunch f environmental warnings about the sea that nobody in the past can decipher OK so what happens does in an bliue way affect the Kennedy assassination But I had to wade through 500 pages filled with physics and science descriptions to get to the interesting part I had wrong expectations going in to this book It wasn t really time travel but instead time communication But it was still way too long and way too much science for me I enjoyed this ne very much I loved the whole idea f we A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) of the futurer rather near past as the story is set in 1998 attempting to communicate with those f the past 1962 to warn them f an ecological disaster that could be prevented if certain chemicals are not released into the cean which will cause devastating algal blooms If this were possiblecould we warn those f the early 20th century not to use asbestos In the End or discourage the usef disposable plastics r the burning f coal and the ver use f il and such Would they listen We are constantly warned f the devastating effect n ur climate by credible scientist for decades but we actually do very little to avert these future disasters in spite f the warnings Add in the whole paradox thing in with it all and the lack f clarity The Age of Treachery of the message it isn t as simple as sending a message in a bottle to the past via a time machine rather they send noise by wayf tachyon particlesI was impressed with the uality f the writing Great character development the back stories f both those from the past and future I liked the flip between both timelines throughout the novel Mind you this was not a perfect story there were stretches and a few arguable technical flaws but I believe that co Timescape is both a fascinating hard SF book about sending messages backwards through time to save the world and a dull soap The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy opera The premise is that the world isn the brink Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of total ecological disaster in 1998 becausef the Bike Mechanic: Tales from the Road and the Workshop (Rouleur) overusef pesticides Scientists have discovered how to use tachyons to send a message to the past with a warning and pointers n how to avoid the catastrophe The messages are received by a lone scientist in 1963The SF portions f the book are really well done There are tons When a Man Loves a Woman of scientific explanationsf the tachyons time paradoxes etc which I found mostly fascinating A bit above my head at times but fascinating And the inside look at academia research and funding was way interesting to read than I thought it would beHowever Much f the book is taken up with the personal lives f the scientists involved This is where the dull soap Keep From Falling opera comes in For the most part these characters just aren t leading terribly interested lives but they re treated as though they are The lovingly detailed scenef the 1963 scientist walking in Catalogue the Insanity on his girlfriend in the bathroom for example Mostf the characters are thoroughly unlikeable n top f that especially the womanizing Peterson Which brings me to the part women play in the book They are sexual conuests housewives and helpers to men There are a few female scientists they aren t allowed to actually anything n the page This is somewhat understandable in 1963 far less so allowed to actually do anything n the page This is somewhat understandable in 1963 far less so 1998 I d even give that a bit f a pass as a product f its time but this book was written in 1980 not 1960 One last thing The messages being sent back in time are meant to give scientists a head start Look Alikes Jr. on the pesticide problem What they actually do is prevent the Kennedy assassination The chainf events here is than a little forced and
It S Never Actually Explained Why Thats never actually explained why that a difference Lots f potential but never realized Too wordy with unintelligable technical jargon I hated the end though it was probably realistic than another scenarioThis is the first and nly time I ever threw a book in the garbage after reading it I just couldn t inflict anyone I know with it For about the first 150 pages I considered DNFing this novel But it slowly picked up While I still think the novel is too long by at least 100 pages due to detailed descriptions Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of building architecture and what characters had for dinner I ended up giving it 3 12 stars The story came together becoming uite interesting and by the end was exploring the possibilityprobabilityf a view spoilermultiverse hide spoiler Timescape Intimate but slow moving story about scientistsOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureTimescape 1980 has been Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution on my TBR list for 35 years and I ve long wanted to read the workf physicist Gregory Benford The book won the Nebula Award and it deals with time paradoxes which I find fascinating but invariably unconvincing First He Remembers the Barren off mostf the book s considerable length is devoted to a slow moving and detailed portrait The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of scientists mostly physicists but also some biologists and astronomers at work in the lab as well as their personal relationships with colleagues and wivesgirlfriends So to describe this as a techno thriller would be inaccurate At the same time Benford spends a lot timen character development than most hard science fiction In the end I had mixed feeling about this book It was interesting at times but too slow moving to generate much excitementThe book is set in two time periods the first is 1962 in La Jolla CA at UC San Diego where physicist Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis ordon Bernstein and his graduate assistant Albert Cooper discover mysterious interference in their experimentsn spontaneous resonance relating to indium Over time they realize that the noise can actually be decoded using Morse code into scattered fragments The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives of messages relating to chemical formulas and star coordinates etc Further they begin to suspect that these messages are coming from the future delivered by tachyons due to their ability to travel faster than light and move backwards in timeThe second narrative takes place in 1998 at Cambridge University where the world is suffering from various formsf ecological collapse particularly an algae bloom that is destroying the biodiversity Let the Wolf Howl of the world sceans Two scientists Englishman John Renfrew and American. The author The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini of Tidesf Light offers his Nebula Award winning SF classic a combination f hard science bold specu. Might have seemed like deep cynicism about human culture and society and technology back then now seems especially prescient I definitely want to read it again Peter enters the room greeted by Bob Slydell and Bob PorterBob Well Peter it seems you ve been missing a lot f work latelyPeter I wouldn t say I ve been missing work BobAll laughBob Peter we just want to get an idea about what you do here at Initech Bur first we wanted to talk about Timescape the 1980 Nebula Award winner from author Gregory BenfordPeter Ah hey that s a great book I really enjoyed reading itBob We did too I mean for a science heavy hard SF book it had great characterization you don t see that too muchPeter Exactly and very well written great use Blue Guide New York of simile and metaphor Benford has a great commandf the languageBob I think that is what drew me in initially I mean I thought I was reading this time travel book but it s like Flowers for Algernon r Connie Willis Bellwether in that it s also a book about sciencePeter Great point Bob I liked all the behind the scenes academic drama involved in the candidate Cooper trying to get his doctorate And really this is not at all about time travel so much as it is about tachyons and time communicationBob Exactly and Benford using two timelines ne in the sixties and another in an alternate 1998 with serious environmental issues made this a winnerPeter I can see why it won those awards Bob and BobBob OK great so Peter what do you actually DO here Walk us through a day One Homesick of the earliest Hard science fiction novel that I have read A mind blowing for a simple reader who just thought faster than light concept was it was moving very fast A solid gold five star book in idea sideI have read somef author s short stories and failed read A Criminal Affair onef his Galactic Center novel Even with all that negative experience I could finish read this book The plot and storytelling is slow as if confirmed my low expectation before reading this book But you should read this book because the idea That s Sangue Derramado one reason I read SF novels The Coolness This book won the Nebula in 1980 Pretty cool for it and the author Gregory Benford It would have been nice for Hilary Foister to share in the credit though considering she supposedly co wrote this with Benford It deals with tachyonsnce in a while It works well as a mild sedativeThe Meh ness There are some cool bits f forward thinking in this book although none f them are truly prophetic and they needed to be if they were going to be better than average Benford and Foister project some terrorism in New York which is a bit like a Sci Fi writer suggesting that someday the Boston Red Sox would nce again win the World Series some ecological disaster some biological disaster some poverty and some hunger Wow That s bravely walking the plank isn t it This book receives much praise for its strong characterization but I ve always felt that strong characterization reuires than just time spent with the characters it also reuires a thorough understanding f at least ne character s depths and shallows We need to get inside a character and really experience the meat f himher Not so here We meet uite a few characters mostly
MEN SPENDING A LOT OF TIMEspending a lot f time Ian Peterson a womanizing English gentleman John Renfrew a whiny physicist from England f the nineties and Gordon Bernstein a whiny physicist from the US f the sixties but I never felt like I knew any f them well nor did I want to get to know them any better If this really is the strongest aspect Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of Timescape it is a fine examplef why this book deserves no accoladesThe Crapness There is no way in hell this book deserved the Nebula award in 1980 Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance or anyther time How it beat books like Joan D Vinge s The Snow ueen r Walter Tevis Mockingbird I will never understand This book was barely Sci Fi and I think I would have appreciated it far if the clever little time messaging business had been taken ut completely A novel about Scientific competition in the sixties would have been good enough for me and it was the story Benford and Foister were telling anyway and I wouldn t have spent the bulk f the novel hoping for the Sci Fi elements that never came Sadly the cool bits f forward thinking were matched by some clangers The authors imagined a late 20th century world where all the movie theatres were closing down Works Days outf disinterest a world where photographic film was strictly rationed and no digital cameras were invented to pick up the slack which wouldn t have been a problem if it weren t for the fact that the tachyon messenger was sending what amounted to digital images a world where a woman being a housewife was expected by everyone everywhere which leads me too The portrayal f women in this book annoyed me constantly It wasn t that Benford not to mention his ghostly partner because he didn t after all was misogynistic I didn t sense any hatred f women in his writing What was clearly present however was the cloistered attitude f an academic in a field that in the Eighties kept women firmly ut Heart of the Wood of its ranks It is the writingf a man The King's Commissar outf touch with the changing social conventions Bloodmage of his day which translated into an inability to foresee the way social conventions would be formed seventeen years later Benford s downfall is a lazy acceptancef patriarchy and a lack f imagination for past present and future gender roles The authors sickening defence f those three unassailable pillars f benevolence England the USA and the educated middle class Puke puke puke Racism towards the whole f South America with special attention given to Brazil and Argentina The bulk Making Instruments Count: Essays on Historical Scientific Instruments Presented to Gerard L'Estrange Turner of the ecological blame falls to Brazil for their destructionf the rainforests but there is no mention anywhere in the book Every Sigh, the End of the worldwide market forces that must motivate such destruction Page 413 414f my copy which I received as
A Bookmooch Are Missing Itbookmooch are missing It like someone took an Xacto knife to the page and I am dying to know why and what the hell I am missing If any The Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence the Secret Language of Competitive Intelligence of you have a copyf this book I would appreciate a photocopy f the pages so I can read them and add them to my copy I suppose it s not a big deal though since the book was far from impressive Finally JFK survives And there was definitely nly Milk, Turkey, and Neurosis: Or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life one shooter Whe. F 1962 warningf an ecological disaster that will destroy the ceans in the future if it is not averted in the past.