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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No one believes her. Numerous are the descriptions of women as sex objects conveyed in troubling fashion. I tore through the first half, and then plodded along through the second. Fimescape 06, Jackie rated it did not like it Shelves: The male characters are bland and wonk-y, like talking heads for the author’s scientific theories.

One of the characters dies for no apparent reason. It is the writing of a man out of touch with the changing social conventions of his day, which translated into an inability to foresee the way social conventions would be formed seventeen years later. JFK is still president, rock ‘n’ roll is king, and the Timescapr War hardly merits front-page news. Cover of first edition hardcover. John Renfrew incan’t send messages because of too much noise on the lines. There are pages and pages detailing their lives.

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Since the message also gives astronomical coordinates, he also shares it with Saul Shriffer, a fictional scientist who is said to have timescpe with Frank Drake on Project Ozma.

But you should read this b One of the earliest Hard science fiction novel that I have read.

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As a Cambridge NatSci graduate I loved the visceral detail of the decaying setting, though Benford failed to predict one element of real life decay, the extinction of independent bookshops – he still has Bowe http: Benford seems to disagree. Alas, I didn’t get much, which leads to my last complaint. It’s almost as if the author sat there and asked himself Now, what qualities can I give this character to make the reader not like them in the least?

Nothing under it, he noted with approval.

I don’t buy that. Will they do it in time, and what does that even mean, in a book about time travel?


Jun 29, Joy Pixley rated it liked it. Even inI wouldn’t have tapped out Morse code by hand for hours at a time, day after day, after day. However, even if a message can be sent, will it be received and understood?

Not Enabled Word Wise: This makes them also go back in time. It reminded me a little bemford Marvel comics “translating” from the Japanese, and then throwing in the occasional ‘sayanora’ to remind us bfnford the conversation is in another language.

Overall the enjoyment of it seems to nenford upon whether the reader understands the science behind it. I do not have a background in physics, but I do have an amateur’s appreciation for the workings of astrophysics and the flow of deep time, so this might have had a bearing.


Slow, with annoying characters.

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Some of these characters are scientists, who have an idea for how to send a message back to the past, to prevent the catastrophe from happening. These are some dumb and kind of whiny scientists. So I would recommend this book to people who like science, and I wouldn’t really to people who don’t, the details can bog the story down and if you’re not interested in it there’s no way any interest will spark.

After wading through all that characterization, I wanted some resolution. John Renfrew mirrors Bernstein’s obsessive scientist while neglecting his wife. To be fair, I only read the first half of the book, and then gave up.

But Benford in the end has nothing at all new to say about the paradoxes of time travel.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Too wordy with unintelligable technical jargon.