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Timescape Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1992
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Suspense builds in this novel about scientists, physics, time travel, and saving the Earth. It's 1998, and a physicist in Cambridge, England, attempts to send a message backward in time. Earth is falling apart, and a government faction supports the project in hopes of diverting or avoiding the environmental disasters beginning to tear at the edges of civilization. It's 1962, and a physicist in California struggles with his new life on the West Coast, office politics, and the irregularities of data that plague his experiments. The story's perspective toggles between time lines, physicists, and their communities. Timescape presents the subculture and world of scientists in microcosm: the lab, the loves, the grappling for grants, the pressures from university and government, the rewards and trials of relationships with spouses, the pressures of the scientific race, and the thrill of discovery.
Timescape merits the tag "hard science fiction"; it tells the story of scientists, and readers can't help but learn something about tachyons and physics while reading it. Yet much of the story is about humanity: the men John Renfrew and Gordon Bernstein and their relationships--between husband and wife, lover and lover, English working class and upper class, professor and student, and academician and colleagues.
Winner of the Nebula Award in 1980 and the John W. Clark Award in 1981, Timescape offers readers a great yarn, in terms of both humanity and science.
From the Back Cover
1998. Earth is falling apart, on the brink of ecological disaster. But in England a tachyon scientist is attempting to contact the past, to somehow warn them of the misery and death their actions and experiments have visited upon a ravaged planet.
1962. JFK is still president, rock 'n' roll is king, and the Vietnam War hardly merits front-page news. A young assistant researcher at a California university, Gordon Bernstein, notices strange patterns of interference in a lab experiment. Against all odds, facing ridicule and opposition, Bernstein begins to uncover the incredible truth... a truth that will change his life and alter history... the truth behind time itself.
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And then...And then you get to the end. The disappointing end. The end you have anticipated so anxiously. And it disappoints you by being mundane. I am still giving it four stars because the rest of it was so good.
The concept of time travel has been seriously discussed since the U.S. Navy's Philadelphia Experiment
took place in the 1940s. To this day the Pentagon claims that the experiment was a failure, however,
the Pentagon has a long history of being less than candid with the American public.
This book is written as hard science fiction, meaning that while fictional, there is enough legitimacy to its content
that the story contained within could be more than a bit plausible.
And that is what makes TIMESCAPE so enjoyable.
Rather than spoil it for the reader, this writer suggests reading this excellent book when time allows.
The issue of information travel in time that bothers me is the idea that you simply have to beam a tachyon stream through space to the exact location the Earth was at on a particular date and, therefore, that there remains continuity along that line between 1998 and 1963. Are the same events still happening at the locations where the Earth was when they happened in the past? I think not. But it's a nice try.
I kept asking myself why the senders of the messages didn't have the sense to start a message with their names, the place and the date of the message. That would have saved a lot of time and anguish for the receivers. But it would have shortened the story and eliminated some suspense. Instead the author beats around a very strange bush.