- Paperback: 628 pages
- Publisher: Lucky Bat Books (August 3, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615525415
- ISBN-13: 978-0615525419
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,340,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gregory Benford, author of more than 20 novels, including Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, and Timescape, is a two-time winner of the Nebula Award. Benford has also won the John W. Campbell Award, the Australian Ditmar Award, the 1995 Lord Foundation Award for achievement in the sciences, and the 1990 United Nations Medal in Literature. He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Irvine, where he conducts research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics.
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As a vehicle for the delivering the science fiction, the author chooses a life-and-death contest between a disturbed religious fanatic and the fledgling cryonics industry. The characters locked in this struggle are developed with enough depth and realism to make the reader care about the outcome. I think the "good" team is developed more successfully than the "bad" actors, although both sets of characters evoke emotional responses. In addition to the main characters, the author touches on some of the societal, legal, philosophical and religious issues involved.
Why not 5 stars? Most of the mark-down comes from a flawed conversion to Kindle format. There are many trivial errors of the sort that a good proof reader could easily fix, but which break the flow of the story while the reader decodes the poor spelling, grammar, or word substitutions.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, and consider it both entertaining and thought provoking. However, I'm not recommending investments in the cryonics industry, nor signing up for your own frozen trip into the future.