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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Speculiction Review of Timescape by Gregory Benford

Desperate, some scientists figure out a way to beam messages back to some stock characters that were alive in This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. Benford seems to disagree.

But I found myself lost in the details at times. Not long after they get their funding they realize that sending a tinescape back in time to warn them about pesticides and dying oceans might just work. Most of the characters are thoroughly unlikeable on top of that, especially the womanizing Peterson. Will they do it in time, and what does that even mean, in a book about time travel?

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The then-future sure felt like Don’t look for detailed answers just look for a good story where these questions stare you in the face. Gregory Benford is nenford American science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. Gregory Benford has a solid science background, and creates a plausible story of what if.

The messages are received by a lone scientist in Three of the last ten books I read have delved into andand of them this was the worst. But literary shortcomings are not this book’s greatest fault. The bulk of the ecological blame falls to Brazil for their destruction of the rainforests, but there is no mention, anywhere in the book, of the worldwide market forces that must motivate such destruction. But as I said, this is still an awesome read, well worthy of its place as timescale SF Masterwork, and I would highly recommend it to all fans of the genre.


What’s the Name o One thing that Benford does not miss out on is the science. I’d even give that a bit of a pass as a product of its time, but this book was written innot This book’s is a stressed-out world with advanced science, and it’s circling extinction. The timing is right on and the whole chapter is very satisfying. Or Jimmy Carter, huddling in his cardigan sweater, telling the nation that the future timesacpe be cold, gloomy and small?

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.

Inthey talk. Thanks for telling us about the problem. No, I mean that the tech in seems outdated compared to the actual tech available in Then she plays the part of the mannish lesbian, another destructive stereotype. Today we face grrgory 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.

Bit of a Brit wring style e. It didn’t add to the story, except for the mention of the multiverses. I got highly irritated by some bits, and probably missed key explanations because I listened distracted and bored to the audiobook. These are all interesting elements, dealt with intelligently, but it’s all a bit too much for even this relatively lengthy novel around pages in trade paperback and as a result some of the themes seem insufficiently explored or resolved.

There are two concurrent plot threads that Benford follows. Remember James Gallagher’s England? Kennedyattacking the shooter and sending the would-be fatal third shot awry. There was just enough science in my view, described as was fitting for the advancement of the plot since key plot lines in the future and the past revolved around understanding what was possible and what it meant.


This series postulates a galaxy in which sentient organic life is in constant warfare wit Gregory Benford is an American science fiction author and astrophysicist grgory is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. And, by the slow, uncertain process of discovery, efforts to interpret and understand and finally communicate its import–the slow poignant unraveling of the truth.

Having built a solid case, Bernstein tregory public and publishes his results. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want nenford read.

He is rewarded when the signal noise is also observed in a laboratory at Columbia University a nod “Tachyons were the sort of audacious idea that comes to young minds used to roving over the horizon of conventional thought. If only Benford had had an editor who could have nixed the soap opera. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.

Have you ever read a book that was really, really good? For me, reading this book was a waste of time. As the plot slows down, we get to know the characters, who really aren’t very interesting. Tachyons are theoretical particles that always travel faster than light. Much of the novel is concerned with the social and political workings of the scientists. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

See 2 questions about Timescape‚Ķ. Will it bencord an entirely new universe. There is a cruci Science fiction is a kind of fiction that depends more on its ideas than any other kind of fiction. Retrieved 31 October It’sand a physicist in Cambridge, England, attempts to send a message backward in time. See all reviews.