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The Genesis Machine Hardcover – April, 1978
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Brad Clifford's theory was just applied mathematics -- but its implications were too hot for the frozen minds of his superiors. So they buried it -- and him -- under wraps of secrecy.
Then Aubrey Philipsz, iconoclast and fellow genius, appeared on the scene to build the Genesis Machine Clifford's theory made possible.
Suddenly, all weapons seemed useless before the previously unimagined power of the Genesis Machine. It could wreck a world or save it -- and the men who ruled that world on a path of disaster now fought to gain control of this new force.
But Clifford and Philipsz had another goal, another dream. They were reaching for the stars!
"In the grand tradition of the classic super-science stories, but with more exciting science and with better writing, too. What more can anyone want?" -- Isaac Asimov --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Judging from the dates of publication it's apparently it's one of the first books Hogan did, which apparently account for the (incredible) price Amazon is listing for this version. This surprises me, but okay.
Leaving all of that to one side, this is an excellent book and one of the first that explored Hogan's "k-theory" which seems to show up in some of his earlier works. Loosely speaking, the idea is that there are higher order particles that "rotate" in and out of normal space. This rotation accounts for this like gravity.
This particular novel revolves around a pair of researchers who are discovering the bounds of k-space and what it might mean. In parallel is a world that is moving inexorably towards a nuclear war, with the nations of the world roughly split into three factions and each with enough nuclear weaponry to destroy everybody else several times over. Our primary hero (Brad Clifford) gets tired of his scientific research being perverted and being continually driven by more hidebound bureaucrats towards actual inventions and quits; shortly thereafter a colleague of his who does the same. They team up and present their theories to another scientist in charge of a lunar research facility, and HE in turn ropes in a privately funded group to continue the research. Things go well for a while but the heavy hand of the US government eventually reaches even them, and they have to face a choice--continue the research as they best they can while facing the inevitable destruction of the world, or to figure out something out...
This is a rather complex novel for what it appears on the surface, and I vastly enjoyed it the first time around and then again when I re-read it a couple of weeks ago. I haven't found a Hogan novel I haven't liked, and I eagerly expect to continue to fleshing out my collection over time. VERY recommended for any fan of "hard science" science fiction novels; you won't be disappointed!
Dr. Bradley Clifford is cool but Aub or Morelli is someone you would want to meet and go hang out with.
The characters have depth and the story gets a lot in for such a quick read.
I WANT A DARN BIAC!!!