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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Only one woman, the scientist Cathy, is an intellectual peer to the men and she actually works for a living. Read a blog post somewhere about really mind-blowing novels. The reason for the 3. Bit of a Brit wring style e.

Thus they’re fighting the literally impossible, and just not getting it. It has been said that Benford was writing about his graduate and doctoral experience.

The main idea is that the world is in an ecological mess but tachyons have been discovered. They go for walks.

The descriptions are accurate, mainly because the author’s also an astrophysicist. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

I suspect this may be the opposite: That being said, any other title may not have grabbed the attention to the same degreeā€¦. Read more Read less.

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Everybody fares poorly, but the women more so. Three of the last ten books I read have delved into andand of them this was the worst. They know they can contact the past, but still remain clueless as to whether they can change it. This book was timmescape Sci-Fi, and I think I would have appreciated it far more if the clever little time messaging business had been taken out 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 of the novel hoping for the Sci-Fi elements that never came.


Jul 13, Brad rated it it was ok Shelves: All the usual plots turns are there. The Berlin Project Kindle Edition. However, even if a message can be sent, will it be received and understood? I’d even give that a bit of a pass as a product of its time, but this book was written innot Written inwith storylines set in andthis is a scientists’ sf novel, the future world facing ecological and social benfod and its physicists benforc to communicate with their predecessors to prevent it from happening.

And the tyranny of the established opinion: There’s very little actual ‘science’ in this sci-fi, as it’s gtegory characters doing things which are tangential to the main plot. I had high hopes when a female scientist joined the team, but they were quickly dashed. English Choose a language for shopping.

The lives of the characters outside of their scientific endeavors, their wives, girlfriends, coworkers, friends, allows you to identify with them as real people. Or there’s Peterson, highly successful womanizing bureaucrat who spends most of the book trying to get every female character in bed – at one point it’s revealed, almost apologetically, that the sex he’s had thus far hasn’t been very good Given the premise, you might reasonably expect the story to be a nail-biting thriller in which the scientists of the future are racing against time to send back messages sufficient to convince the scientists of that they are really from the benfrod, not a hoax or communications from aliens, and provide enough data that these scientists of the past can mobilize the world to stave off future disaster.

The lovingly detailed scene of the scientist walking in on his girlfriend in the bathroom, for example. What Benford needs to be taken to task for is sexism. The decline is only witnessed in the abstract, and not up close. It seemed like I was reading two different books at times; one book about these men’s home lives and another book about this important science thing happening at work. Scientists grumble about office politics and try to find the source of noise in their experiments.


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But again Benford’s novel completely fails on this count as well. If any of you fregory a copy of this book, I would appreciate a photocopy of the pages so I can read them and add them to my copy.

One must remember this was written in ! I’d much rather watch the Next Generation episode where the Enterprise is stuck in a time loop and they manage to send a message back in Data’s brain.

After wading through all that characterization, I wanted some resolution. Don’t look for detailed answers just look for a good story where these questions stare you in the face. I borrowed this book from my public library, so I had to return it. No one believes her. There came a time when I was simply turning the pages of this book just waiting to get to the end and move on.

Lo que nos cuenta. John Renfrew incan’t send messages because of too much noise on the lines. Benford packs a lot of different ideas and threads into the book without making it epic either in length or feeling.

In the timeframe, with England stuck in an economic rut dealing with the catastrophe, money for science is available only in small quantities. Well, the lesbian of course. If it was, it was a poor one. It rankles on me how the ‘s protagonist’s girlfriend, who is also faculty though in the English department is expected to come home and make dinner for the great scientist after a hard day’s work like hers is any less hard.