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Timescape merits the tag "hard science fiction"; it tells the story of scientists, and readers can't help but learn something about tachyons and physics while reading it. Yet much of the story is about humanity: the men John Renfrew and Gordon Bernstein and their relationships--between husband and wife, lover and lover, English working class and upper class, professor and student, and academician and colleagues.
Winner of the Nebula Award in 1980 and the John W. Clark Award in 1981, Timescape offers readers a great yarn, in terms of both humanity and science.
1962. JFK is still president, rock 'n' roll is king, and the Vietnam War hardly merits front-page news. A young assistant researcher at a California university, Gordon Bernstein, notices strange patterns of interference in a lab experiment. Against all odds, facing ridicule and opposition, Bernstein begins to uncover the incredible truth... a truth that will change his life and alter history... the truth behind time itself.
This book is more than science fiction, it borders on science as fact.
Unfortunately, I did not particularly like the characters in this book and I found most glimpses of their lives provided by Benford to be boring.
Timescape too me seemed like a babbling yarn that was taking its sweet time to get to the end.
Did not enjoy this book at all. Maybe it is dated given its future is now our past and the disaster it predicted did not happen.Published 6 days ago by StephenM
This was a confusing book, the multiple switches from past to future events difficult to keep track of. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wels Musgrave
One of my favorite hard science fiction books. This was the 2nd time I read it (first Kindle edition) after having read it some 10 years ago in paperback. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jax Music Supply
If you really like the science bit of Sci-Fi, then this is a good book. If you are looking for a interesting plot, the premise is the only interesting thing about it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by EirisMania
Loved the believable science. Easy to keep track of the 2 story lines. Two areas felt like stuffing. The rest kept me glued.Published 4 months ago by Carol Reeves
Not your typical sci-fi or time travel book. But the themes are haunting and some of the characters have stuck with me for years. I first read this paperback years ago... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bill Perkins
I have read this book three times, and will read it again in the future. The problems of time-travel are usually skimmed over in science fiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donna C
I have always like science fiction that was based on real science, and well-researched by the author, but I don't have a lot of time to read fiction. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ken Arnold
One of the finest hard SF books ever. Inventive, prescient and a very satisfying read. One of my absolute favourites.Published 12 months ago by Grant W. Connell