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Timescape

Timescape The world is dying Decay in the oceans has brought ecological collapse While famine and riots range out of control a small group of scientists work feverishly to send a message to the past before

  • Title: Timescape
  • Author: Gregory Benford
  • ISBN: 9780671833893
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • 1998The world is dying Decay in the oceans has brought ecological collapse While famine and riots range out of control, a small group of scientists work feverishly to send a message to the past before it is too late1962In sunny California, Gordon Bernstein, a young physics professor, conducts a routine experiment with highly unusual results As he gradually accepts th1998The world is dying Decay in the oceans has brought ecological collapse While famine and riots range out of control, a small group of scientists work feverishly to send a message to the past before it is too late1962In sunny California, Gordon Bernstein, a young physics professor, conducts a routine experiment with highly unusual results As he gradually accepts the certainty that he s receiving communication from the future, he must convince doubting colleagues and the rest of the world what is happening save themselves from a future that has already occurred.

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    1. One 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 side.I have read some of author's short stories, and failed read one of 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 b [...]

    2. 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 tachyons! (once in a while)• It works well as a mild sedative.The Meh!-ness—• There are some cool bits of forward thinking in this book, although none of them are truly prophetic, and they needed to be if they were going to be better than ave [...]

    3. Timescape: Intimate but slow-moving story about scientistsOriginally published at Fantasy LiteratureTimescape (1980) has been on my TBR list for 35+ years, and I've long wanted to read the work of physicist Gregory Benford. The book won the Nebula Award, and it deals with time paradoxes, which I find fascinating but invariably unconvincing. First off, most of the book’s considerable length is devoted to a slow-moving and detailed portrait of scientists (mostly physicists, but also some biologi [...]

    4. It's interesting to read the mixed reviews on this book. Surprising that of those who liked it many felt it was long, dense, too much detail, too much science, or science that was hard to understand. Oddly, my recollection of reading it multiple times back when it first came out was that both the writing and plot development were remarkably elegant and spare. And that surely is one reason it won the Nebula. There was just enough science in my view, described as was fitting for the advancement of [...]

    5. 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 of building architecture and what characters had for dinner--I ended up giving it 3 1/2 stars. The story came together, becoming quite interesting, and by the end, was exploring the possibility/probability of a (view spoiler)[multiverse (hide spoiler)]. One must remember this was written in 1980! (I wonder if it's t [...]

    6. Timescape is both a fascinating, hard SF book about sending messages backwards through time to save the world and a dull soap opera. The premise is that the world is on the brink of total ecological disaster in 1998, because of the overuse of pesticides. Scientists have discovered how to use tachyons to send a message to the past, with a warning and pointers on how to avoid the catastrophe. The messages are received by a lone scientist in 1963.The SF portions of the book are really well-done. Th [...]

    7. Lots of potential but never realized. Too wordy with unintelligable technical jargon. I hated the end, though it was probably more realistic than another scenario.This is the first and only time I ever threw a book in the garbage after reading it. I just couldn't inflict anyone I know with it.

    8. Read for the 12 Awards in 12 Months Reading Challenge, the Apocalypse Now! Reading Challenge, the Hard Core Sci-fi Reading Challenge, and the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge and the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club.Method of the world's destruction: A major failure of chemical balance in the oceans, mostly caused by an overabundance of hydrocarbons, overwhelms the ecosystem and leads to a toxic ocean bloom.This book won the BSFA, Campbell and Nebula Awards (1981).I am fascinated by the mix [...]

    9. This is it: good, hard science fiction. The science is so hard my head hurts. The fiction is so imaginative that separating fact from fiction requires too much thought, too. Best of all the people and place "ring true" even though you know—don't you?—that some of them can't possibly be factual. With each point of view shift the reader is taken inside the mind and the world of that character.Benford has no trouble recreating southern California in the 60s because he lived it, but his 1998 Cam [...]

    10. -De lo interesante desde la perspectiva de género y pero no así desde lo estrictamente literario.-Género. Ciencia ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. El desastre medioambiental es la principal amenaza para la humanidad en 1998. Un físico de Cambridge, John Renfrew, demuestra que es capaz de enviar un mensaje al pasado usando la ciencia y propone avisar, en lugar y forma adecuados a la única naturaleza posible del mensaje, para que pongan los medios necesarios y eviten la situación catastrófica. E [...]

    11. In 1998 the world economy is failing due in large part to ecological collapse. Scientists experiment with sending a message of warning, via tachyons, to the past. The message is received by scientists in 1963 among controversy as to its authenticity. That's the science fiction part of the book, a relatively small part. The story gets bogged down in interpersonal conflicts and social vagaries in the lives of the scientists, their colleagues, department heads, and funding sources. It just goes on [...]

    12. I can see why this book won a Nebula. Benford packs a lot of different ideas and threads into the book without making it epic (either in length or feeling). It's an interesting take for a hard science fiction book, especially in that era, that he spends so much time on the human element of the story. We see two time periods. We start in 1998, which was 18 years into the future at the time the book was written. This future world is experiencing economic, political, and increasingly environmental [...]

    13. Otprilike kao i prethodni Benfordov roman koji sam procitao Artifact, odlicna nauka, tacnije kvantna fizika, i sve ostalo moze slobodno da se preskoci. Ocena 2.5

    14. nwhytevejournal/1799572Written in 1980, with storylines set in 1962-63 and 1998, this is a scientists' sf novel, the future 1998 world facing ecological and social catastrophe and its physicists trying to communicate with their predecessors to prevent it from happening.As a Cambridge NatSci graduate I loved the visceral detail of the decaying 1998 setting, though Benford failed to predict one element of real life decay, the extinction of independent bookshops - he still has Bowes and Bowes open [...]

    15. Couldn't get through it The science is interesting and clearly written, but it's just background noise to the character drama on the forefront. This novel's big problem is that it has aspirations to be something more: it wants so badly to be Real Literature (tm) to elevate sci fi out of its genre gutter but it only rarely reaches that level. The rest of the time is spent fumbling around in an overly wordy mix of boring interpersonal struggles.Every so often it hits the mark. There is a brilliant [...]

    16. Slow, with annoying characters. I got highly irritated by some bits, and probably missed key explanations because I listened (distracted and bored) to the audiobook. I can see why it won a Nebula for the science, but the other 75% was a protracted snoozefest of old-fashioned stereotype-laden domestics.

    17. This book has rightly been called a classic of the hard science fiction genre. The novel's portrayal of scientists engaged in research, and the internal politics of research groups in physics, is realistic and believable. I base that assessment on my own experiences working in a condensed matter physics lab as an undergraduate, as well as on my short stint as an accelerator physics graduate student working daily at a lab facility. Benford wrote "Timescape" in 1979-80, and the book alternates bet [...]

    18. Science fiction is a kind of fiction that depends more on its ideas than any other kind of fiction. This often means that if an author simply cannot write at all, or does not write very well, they can get away with their failings if the ideas and the storyline are interesting enough. Benford is one of those authors who can hardly write at all. He seems to think that in order to describe something, it is only necessary to pile up enough descriptive terms about it. This is not so. There is a cruci [...]

    19. Three of the last ten books I read have delved into 1962 and 1963, and of them this was the worst.Gregory Benford has a solid science background, and creates a plausible story of what if. In this novel, a message is sent back through time in an attempt to improve the (then futuristic) world of 1998, which is suffering a massive environmental collapse. The scientists debate paradox, saying it would stop their progress, but ultimately ignore the idea. Unfortunately, the authors ideas on paradox an [...]

    20. I really liked it, as others have said it was a bit heavy handed on the physics, but I really didn't expect anything else from an actual physics professor. Also I found the info fascinating even though it did take me out of the story a little bit. The idea is fully formed and the story well thought out, my main complaint is that I wanted to know more about the actual toxin/virus (it's not super clear) and how it was causing the die-off and how it was moving. But that's because I'm interested in [...]

    21. This is a fascinating and gripping novel, full of ideas, expressed lyrically but with precision and peopled with well-rounded characters whose personal and inner lives are not merely dimension-lending addenda to the story. It falls apart a bit because there are maybe too many ideas, too many strands of thought and speculation - time travel, time paradoxes, multiple universes, the nature of time, of reality, of causation, unpredictable outcomes, environmental myopia and so forth. These are all in [...]

    22. This is one of the best time travel novels I've read. This is one of the earliest places where the "time-streams" vs "time paradox" question begins to be dealt with. Can time be changed? What will happen if you change time? If you go back to change time and succeed will you ever go back in the first place and then will time be changed? Does an attempt set up a loop in time? Will it provoke an entirely new universeor maybe simply move the time traveler into an already existing but different unive [...]

    23. Umm, hmm, eh. I just don't know to say about this book right now. I was really hoping for much better however.

    24. I really liked this book. It is one of those texts which managed to strike a chord with how I am thinking at the moment. It is set in two periods of time - 1998 and 1963. The world of 1998 is one in which a combination of climate disaster and an ecological disaster combine to threaten a mass extinction event for humanity. How can the planet be saved?One approach - by a group of scientists in Cambridge - is to send a message back in time to 1963 warning of the impending disaster, and providing a [...]

    25. A surprisingly good read from Benson, considering the subject matter blurs the line between real and speculative physics in a way that the average reader will be unlikely to determine where the fictional science begins. Read this book if you like physics, or would like a brutally depicted future world where our environmental carelessness comes back to haunt us.The core science of this book details the theoretical tachyon particle and how its faster than light velocity may enable a sort of time t [...]

    26. This is an excellent book for characters and scene-setting. The story told somewhat in parallel (though hard to say exactly what that means with a time travel story) was a good approach. I also liked the interactions of the people in the past with their tiny, morse-code window into the future.(view spoiler)[One place where this starts to break down is that the protocol they develop for communicating with the past is somewhat ridiculous. A third party has to come in and tell them that they should [...]

    27. A good, compelling book but it sags a bit in the middle. I probably would have given it more stars had they cut out about a hundred pages.It starts very quickly - earth in trouble, the oceans are dying, but we might be able to send a message back into time to save the planet. The first 250 pages or so just sped along. Then the whole thing grinds to a halt. There's a long period of time where nothing happens - Gordon Bernstein, from 1963, becomes a laughing stock because the messages stop coming. [...]

    28. This review first appeared on my blog here in November 2011.Gregory Benford is an author whose writing I like, but I have never got round to reading much of his work. Timescape is a classic science fiction, not quite about time travel but considering how history might be affected by the possibility of sending messages to the past. Half of the novel is set in San Diego in 1963, and half in Cambridge in 1998, with chapters more or less alternating between the two settings. (The dates were clearly [...]

    29. Read a blog post somewhere about really mind-blowing novels. Timescape was mentioned. I've read a couple other books by Benford, so I took a shot.The bottom line? There's a really awesome novella here, mired in a lot of boring attempts at characterization.The main idea is that the world is in an ecological mess but tachyons have been discovered. (Tachyons are theoretical particles that always travel faster than light. This makes them also go back in time. No, they most likely do not exist, but t [...]

    30. Timescape is a terrific display of Gregory Benford's unique style of hard science fiction. Much like his other novels that I've read,Eater and Cosm, Benford weaves a handful of truly believable characters together with a fundamental physical question in such a way that the reader really experiences what it is like to be at the frontiers of science in the modern age. He does not describe only what you might expect, the excitement of discovery and hours in the lab, but what really draws the reader [...]

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