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Einstein's Bridge Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1998
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From Library Journal
In his second novel, following No Man's a Mountain (Mayhaven, 1996), physics professor Cramer writes elegantly about the ramifications from the high-particle physics superconducting supercollider (SSC). Two alien races notice the SSC activities?the Hive assimilates and destroys civilizations while the Makers share knowledge. In a race toward first contact with Earth, we can only hope the Makers reach us first. Recommended for hard sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Arriving too late for a full review, physicist-author Cramer's latest hard science fiction yarn (Twistor, 1989) begins in an alternate ``bubble'' universe where the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project didn't collapse through lack of funding in the 1990s. Instead, in 2004, the search for the elusive Higgs boson begins--but the operation of the SSC inadvertently sends a signal into another bubble universe, this inhabited by the malignant and utterly ruthless Hive, who colonize new universes by completely obliterating the competition. Fortunately, the benevolent Makers also receive the signal and send a message back alerting Earth to the danger. Cramer splendidly demonstrates just how fascinating and mind- boggling real science can be, and shows exactly how vulnerable basic research is to political whim. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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EINSTEIN'S BRIDGE is certainly no sequel to that book, though the concept of parallel universes also forms its basis. It is an exceptionally good "hard science" story. The physics is credible and presented with such clarity that very few readers will be discouraged. They will indeed learn quite a lot about high energy physics along the way, and gain much insight concerning the way scientific research is done and how the related "politics" works. The characterisation of the protagonists is good, the plot is excellent for its rigour and unpredictability. There are some truly terrifying moments (when the "hive" is found and breaks loose) that have the same kind of impact as the claustrophobic anguish of being embedded inside a tree in TWISTOR. Like in that novel, the ending is also open, though more ominous...
An exciting adventure that no reader will ever forget. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and encourage the author to continue practicing his considerable talent for SF. He can at least count on one unconditional reader of his next novel: me!
If you're interested in the physics in the novel, I recommend you read the author's Alternate View columns from Analog, posted at [...] He makes cutting edge science understandable to laymen. You can see how he worked some his speculative ideas (like the transactional interpretation of quantum mechanics) into Einstein's Bridge.
Dr Cramer's gift is to be able to paint skillfully the inside of a modern physics lab ten years ago, the hierarchical pecking order therein, going down from top dog -the head of a facility- to the electrician servicing some parts of an experiment, and shows them as people, with the complex pattern of their relations, not as empty formula-spouting cardboard characters, which is unfortunately so often the doom of the not-too-crafty hard science fiction writer, even when the author is a scientist.
Dr Cramer shows also a more-than-basic knowledge of the legislative arm of the US federal government, and effectively describes some of its failings, as well as the mystique in "science research financing" which actually is pork in disguise, in a fairly interesting way.
Also, his physics is good and it takes a reasonably good experimental physicist (alas, I no longer am) to understand when he deviates from real science to fairy tale (though at least partially credible).
I am sure this will appeal to all scientists who read SF (I admit being one), but its ease of writing, its 3D characters and the plot twists should reach beyond this specialised audience.
Excellent book, entertaining and as good or even better than "Twistor".
A must for the hard SF fan.
Most recent customer reviews
Cramer's book was an interesting read, though as a physicist much of what he wrote was over my head.
When the bad guys get loose, I literally jumped out of my chair!