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Thrice Upon A Time Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2000
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was summoned to his grandfather's isolated Scottish castle, he had no idea of the old man's latest discovery -- nor where it would lead him. Sir Charles, a genius in far-out physics, had found a flew in the law of conservation of energy; in any process, an incredibly tiny increment of energy escaped -- back through time! Using this "tau" radiation, he could send messages into the past.<br>But Murdoch discovered records of messages he knew he had never sent. Were many futures possible? Could a message from Future X alter the past -- and thus wipe out Future X? But who would be foolish enough to send a message that could eliminate his own existence?<br>Then disaster struck. An advanced fusion reactor threatened to destroy all Earth. Grimly, Murdoch sat down to send back the words that would destroy everything he had learned to love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
James P. Hogan was the author of the popular Giants hard SF series and of multiple New York Times concept-driven science fiction best-sellers. Hogan died suddenly in 2010.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Buy focusing on character and events rather than lengthy lectures on the underlying mytho-physica (pardon the coinage), he leads the reader to care enough to over looked the stilted narrative, produced by revisions in the timeline. While his concept of linear "universes" is a bit untenable, his realistic portrayal of scientists and engineers at work is seductive and leads one to suspend disbelief far more readily than for works that are better grounded in high energy physics and quantum mechanics.
Even there however he excels at predicting the trend in theory. His "closed system" and dark energy "leakage" as tau particles is as charming as Star Trek yet not entirely dismissible as "real" science.
In summary, if you haven't read it, read it. If you have read it, read it again. You'll likely find it as charming and fun as I did.
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This is the "Old Future": we have flying cars, airplanes that fly across the Atlantic Ocean in sixty minutes, video phones, and workable FUSION, but no cell phones, internet or personal computers. This is not the 2009 that we collectively lived through eight years ago.
Unless you can get this free from a nearby library, skip it, and save your money.
I have a physical copy of the book and have confirmed this.
The audio narration jumps from chapter 14 to part 2, chapter 16.
I wrote to Amazon (who owns Audio. com) last September and the problem hasn't been fixed yet.