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TIMESCAPE

Benford, Gregory

Verlag: Simon and Schuster, New York, 1980
ISBN 10: 0671253271 / ISBN 13: 9780671253271
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Titel: TIMESCAPE

Verlag: Simon and Schuster, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 1980

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Signiert: Inscribed

Auflage: First edition, first printing

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Inscribed by Benford on the title page, "To John: Gregory Benford." Nebula Award winner, 1980. Barron; Anatomy of Wonder 4, 4-46. A tiny spot of foxing on the top of the text block, else fine in near fine dust jacket with light toning to the rear panel and the reverse. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 34558

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Inhaltsangabe: The year is 1998, the world is a growing nightmare of desperation, of uncontrollable pollution and increasing social unrest. In Cambridge, two scientists experiment with tachyons - subatomic particles that travel faster than the speed of light and, therefore, according to the Theory of Relativity, may move backwards in time. Their plan is to signal a warning to the previous generation. In 1962, a young Californian scientist, Gordon Bernstein, finds his experiments are being spoiled by unknown interference. As he begins to suspect something near the truth it becomes a race against time - the world is collapsing and will only be saved if Gordon can decipher the message in time. Winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1980 Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for best novel, 1981 Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1980

Rezension: 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.

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