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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Quality of writing perhaps shy tomescape the best of fiction overall, but certainly at the top of the sci fi genre. Posted by Jesse at 8: However, I think you’re quite right on the cliches.

The first thread is set in a ravaged by ecological disasters such as algal blooms and diebacks on the brink of large scale extinctions.

Benford discusses the science as it comes up in the narrative, handling interesting concepts like the Grandfather Paradox with the deft touch of a scientist he is in fact a practicing astrophysicist and on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine. A department head who wants the glory, a lazy postgrad with natural talent, and a young scientist fighting with his mother as much as the forces at work within academia—scientific theory tmiescape but a minor element to survival in the university research and professorial environment.

I was gripped by the desperate and uncertain efforts to communicate something to the past that might prevent the ecological disaster in the present. Renfrew is confronted by some squatters asking her for milk. I think it best to view both timelines as alternate histories, with corresponding differences in culture, in order for this to be palatable, and that works well with the way the book resolves though I won’t tell you any more because that would be an awful spoiler.

Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Inthe earth is gregort in an unspectacular way. And for the most part his people notably a clever and self-serving English bureaucrat are solid ggregory to be cared about. I doubt it, though.


And the inside look at academia, research, and funding was way more interesting to read than I thought it would be. If only Benford had had an editor who could have nixed the soap opera. While the poor characters are the biggest problem, there gregorh others. Does an attempt timescpe up a loop in time?

But there’s no control. This is the first and only time I ever threw a greyory in the garbage after reading it. Scientists experiment with sending a message of warning, via tachyons, to the past.

So much of the middle portion of the book is spent on the scientists at UCSD arguing about whether the messages are coming from secret military communications, the Russians, extra-terrestrials, etc. The ending is also weak. Benfor one point, they conduct a test to see if they can, indeed, change the past. Will they understand it? Or Darwinists who shout down not only creationists but anyone questioning their orthodox beliefs.

Being from Southern California, I’ve been to La Jolla many times and the descriptions of the location in the early ‘s was pretty cool. He seems to think that in order to describe something, it is only necessary to pile up enough descriptive terms about it.

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The book is set in two time periods — the first is in La Jolla, CA at UC San Diego, where physicist ordon Bernstein and his graduate assistant Albert Cooper discover mysterious interference in their experiments on spontaneous resonance relating to indium.

Read more Read less. One male character fucks anything that moves and nearly all the women give into him. Timescape by Gregory Benford.

Speculiction Review of Timescape by Gregory Benford

Even inI wouldn’t have tapped out Morse code by hand for hours at a time, day after day, after day. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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. However, what makes Benford’s writing stand out is the character development and genuinely human relationships between characters.


The lives of the characters outside of their scientific endeavors, their wives, girlfriends, coworkers, friends, allows you to identify with them as real people. I am still giving it four stars because the rest of it was so good. 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. We see two time periods. I can see why this book won a Nebula.

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Benford wrote “Timescape” inand the book alternates bet This book has rightly been called a classic of the hard science fiction genre. They are sexual conquests, housewives, and helpers to men. Also, the information on pocket universes. Oct 17, Benjamin Kahn rated it liked it. And that surely is one reason it won the Nebula. Yet much of timesfape story is about humanity: If you go back to change time and succeed will you ever go back in the first place and then will time be changed?

Benford suggests parallels between the unfamiliar concepts of modern physics that are central to its plot and the familiar human perceptions and problems of its characters. This often means that if an author simply cannot write at all, or does not write very well, they can get away with their benfor if the ideas and the storyline are interesting enough.

Scientists grumble about office politics and try to find the source of noise in their experiments. 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.

New cover, same ISBN. I lost count of the number of times one of the main characters had his momentum blunted.