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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,794 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Benford Narrator: Simon Prebble, Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winner of both the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Award for best science fiction novel, Timescape is an enduring classic that examines the ways that science interacts with everyday life to create the many strange worlds in which we live. In a future wracked by environmental catastrophe and social instability, physicist John Renfrew devises a longshot plan to use tachyons—strange, time-traveling particles—to send a warning to the past. In 1962, Gordon Bernstein, a California researcher, gets Renfrew’s message as a strange pattern of interference in an experiment he’s conducting. As the two men struggle to overcome both the limitations of scientific knowledge and the politics of scientific research, a larger question looms: can a new future arise from the paradox of a forewarned past? With multiple plot lines and diverse characters, Timescape offers something for all lovers of fascinating science and great fiction. Simon Prebble and Peter Bradbury combine for a narration that skillfully uncovers the mysteries beneath our understanding of the universe.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Leanna Deters | 2/17/2014

    " One of the few books ever that I didn't finish. Scientists in the future trying to send a message to the past with tachyons. I never got into it. Basically, I didn't care if the message was ever received. Waste of time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Connie Dyer | 2/16/2014

    " It's interesting to read the mixed reviews on this book. Surprising that of those who liked it many felt it was long, dense, too much detail, too much science, or science that was hard to understand. Oddly, my recollection of reading it multiple times back when it first came out was that both the writing and plot development were remarkably elegant and spare. And that surely is one reason it won the Nebula. 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. I was gripped by the desperate and uncertain efforts to communicate something to the past that might prevent the ecological disaster in the present. 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. Benford's evocations of past and future academic settings was dead-on and sobering to those of us who've worked in those environments as I was when I read the book. Characterizations were PERFECT, deeply human without a scrap of unnecessary detail. You felt equally for the people who cared and thought deeply and for those who had lost their way following their ambitions in a fatally materialistic world. 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 1980 when this book was first published. 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 definitely want to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christina Tang-Bernas | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book but it took a while to develop the plot and characters. I loved this book but I have a hunch that not many people will agree with me. The reason I say this is that this book is dense with hard physics and leaps of non-intuitive logic. It can be hard to fully enjoy the book if one doesn't take the time necessary to think things through. Add to that characters that are mostly unsympathetic and a vague and probably relatively depressing ending, it is not a fun summer read. But if you do enjoy science and time travel paradoxes, and you do enjoy reading about people who are real in both their strengths and their failings, and you're willing to put the time and effort to immerse yourself in the language of the book, I think it's definitely worth your while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Duncan | 1/19/2014

    " Raises all sorts of interesting questions, but leaves them mostly unresolved, disappointingly. "

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