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A machine that can change the world
on May 8, 2005
No, it's not _The Great Gatsby_ but I gave this book 5 stars because I've always liked stories about marvelous new machines/technologies with world-changing potential and because the idea of a time machine that could simply recover images from the past is such a simple one that its surprising that no one's written a story (at least I don't think so) about it before. The author does a good job of sketching out the potential for spying, law enforcement, historical research and, yes, revisiting alleged miraculous/supernatural events including those on which major world religions were founded. Even then he's barely scratched the surface (which is all we expect a good storyteller to do).
Of course, it's all well and good to say that recovering images from the past is not the same as being there so it won't violate the laws of physics. *But* photons, while they have zero rest-mass, still interact with other kinds of matter and so it seems to me that removing some of them from the past would have, in principle, the potential to change the past and create paradoxes. After all, if you could remove the photons and hence prevent them from hitting the retina of some important person who, had he or she perceived them, might have ducked ... But, hey, OK, it's science fiction.
This book is a great read and good food for thought. Just don't get too attached to - or identify with - the characters who get killed off! This author (or, rather, the bad guys in his story) or BAAAAd people!