Editorial Reviews. Review. Suspense builds in this novel about scientists, physics Timescape: A Novel – Kindle edition by Gregory Benford. Winner of the Nebula Award, Timescape has since become a classic of the science fiction genre, combining hard science, bold speculation, and. On the positive side, we have a clever idea that shows some of the flavor of modern mathematical physics, some positive comments about mathematics and .

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Today we face multiple potentially world-killing ecological causal chains, and have the processing ability to tease them out and predict their outcomes much more accurately and chillingly then back in when this book was first published. And the elaborate system developed by the scientists to check that their message is getting through is unnecessary given that their telephone system still works.

As such, Timescape leans closer to science fiction than science.

For the most part, these characters just aren’t leading terribly interested lives, but they’re treated as though they are. Set up a giveaway. It didn’t add to the story, except for the mention of the multiverses. And that makes it particularly compelling for me now – because what might have seemed like deep cynicism about human culture and society and technology back then now seems especially prescient.

I mean, the plot really isn’t all that different from any other one in which folks receive transmissions from afar. The chain of events here is more than a little forced, and it’s never actually explained why that made a difference. Benford discusses the science as it comes up in the narrative, handling interesting concepts like the Grandfather Paradox with the deft touch of a scientist he is in fact a practicing astrophysicist and on the faculty of the University of California at Irvine.

What I think was the most absurd is that the characters explain to each other regularly! I was not completely convinced, though I can see that it’s written from the heart. It’s an interesting take for a hard science fiction book, especially in that era, that he spends so much time on the human element of the story. Sometimes, it just slows the plot down – “they took a floater to get there. The first thread is set in a ravaged by ecological disasters such as algal blooms and diebacks on the brink of large scale extinctions.


The fiction is so imaginative that separating fact from fiction requires too much thought, too. Gregory Benford click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author. Shriffer goes public with this theory, mentioning Bernstein in his findings. I think it best to view both timelines as alternate histories, with corresponding differences in culture, in order for this to be palatable, and that works well with the way the book resolves though I won’t tell you any more because that would be an awful spoiler.

Because of Feinberg I later set part of my tachyon novel at Columbia” towards the inventor of the tachyon concept, Gerald Feinberg of Columbia. After the message is finally received and acted upon, is dropped. It follows a group of people in I think who need to communicate with someone in in order to save the world by changing past events. The concluding chapters portray the of the original timeline as a bleak, failing world, the intensified ecological disaster taking a noticeable toll on the human way of life.

In this novel, a message is sent back through time in an attempt to improve the then futuristic world ofwhich is suffering a massive environmental collapse. We meet the perfect housewife Marjoriethe pushy mother Mrs.

In the yeara group of scientists works desperately to communicate with the scientists ofwarning of an ecological disaster that will destroy the oceans in the future–if it is not averted in the past. It falls apart a bit because there are maybe too many ideas, too many strands of thought and speculation – time travel, time paradoxes, multiple universes, the nature of time, of reality, of causation, unpredictable outcomes, environmental myopia and so forth.

The fact that the author is a physicist helped my rating info given in the Afterword. Three of the last ten books I read have delved into andand of them this was the worst. I really liked it, as others have said it was a bit heavy handed on the physics, but I really didn’t expect anything else from an actual physics professor.

MathFiction: Timescape (Gregory Benford)

Will they understand it? I doubt it, though.

Furthermore, they begin to suspect that these messages are coming from the future, delivered by tachyons due to their ability to travel faster than light and move backwards in time. Then we have a Professor and his PhD candidate doing an experiment receiving this message that they first believe to be background noise.


Once you accept the reality greggory tachyons, pretty much timecape flows believably from there. There was just enough science in my view, described as was fitting for the advancement of It’s interesting to read the mixed reviews on this book. Since the message also gives astronomical coordinates, he also shares it with Saul Shriffer, a fictional scientist who is said to have worked with Frank Drake on Project Ozma.


Oddly, my recollection of reading it multiple times back when it first came out was that both gergory writing and plot development were remarkably elegant and spare. In the world economy is failing due in large part to ecological collapse. Does any one of them have a real job?

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Someone happens onto it. At least there are a few scenes attempting to show the women’s perspectives, so it’s better than the worst male-oriented science fiction of the era that preceded it.

Kennedy Cultural depictions of Lee Harvey Oswald. Alas, I didn’t get much, which leads to my last complaint. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. At one point, they conduct a test to timescappe if they can, indeed, change the past.

The whore’s ex-boyfriend shows up, gets bombed on cheap wine and starts having Vietnam flashbacks but unfortunately does not kill any of the other characters and make a necklace of their ears. Bernstein finds out that the astronomical coordinates given in the message represent where the Earth will be in due to the solar apex.

Timescape by Gregory Benford

Preview — Timescape by Gregory Benford. Instead, the books is saddled with just horrible characters. No surprise, she’s described as physically unattractive thin and bony, with papery skinand she tells us she is bisexual.

Timescape by Gregory Benford.