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Timescape (1980)

de Gregory Benford

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Winner of the 1980 Nebula Award, Timescape has since become a classic of the science fiction genre, combining hard science, bold speculation, and human drama--a challenging and triumphant tale told by a master storyteller.  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.… (més)
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As ecological catastrophe spreads in 1998, a team of scientists at Cambridge attempt to send a warning back to 1962 using tachyons.

The story alternates between the transmitters and the receivers, with the reader feeling a mounting sense of despair as to whether the warning will be deciphered or acted upon. Excellently done. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 21, 2022 |
1998: La tierra es un caos al borde de un desastre ecológico. Pero en Inglaterra, un científico que trabaja con taquiones está intentando contactar con el pasado para advertirles sobre la miseria y la muerte que sus experimentos y acciones han causado en un planeta asolado. 1962: J. F. K. es aún presidente, reina el rock, y la guerra de Vietnam no es noticia. Un joven ayudante de investigación en una universidad californiana, Gordon Bernstein, descubre extraños patrones de interferencia en un experimento de laboratorio. A riesgo de arruinar su reputación, Bernstein comienza a desvelar la increíble verdad, una verdad que cambia su vida y altera la historia... la verdad que se esconde detrás del tiempo.
  Natt90 | Jul 7, 2022 |
There are two timelines in this story: one in sort-of mid-apocalyptic 1998, when algae blooms and mass extinctions have triggered the beginning of the end it seems, and one in 1962, when scientists at UCLA are conducting some sort of physics experiment involving tachyons...? Anyway, the future scientists (aka those in 1998 - the book was published in 1980) figure out that they can send a message via tachyons to the 1962 scientists, warning them of the impending doom. But they don't want to make it too clear or else the Grandfather Paradox would kick in and...it...wouldn't...work? But somehow it sort of doesn't work anyway (but also sort of does), because, I'm guessing, butterfly wings and then Kennedy gets shot but not killed? Because physics! Gah. I give up. There's way too much science talk and not nearly enough make-it-make-sense-to-the-reader talk. I got confused. And then I got bored. Which I think would have happened without the confusion - it takes just this side of forever for any actual plot to be bothered to happen. So nope, this one didn't really work for me. ( )
  electrascaife | Jan 24, 2022 |
Ugh what a slog. Lots and lots and lots and lots of talking. Professors in laboratories, scholars in offices, etc.....lots of talking and no showing. I'm sure the time-travel science is solid, but it's incomprehensible to the average person. I don't have a PhD, but I'm not an idiot either, and I was lost as to how the hell this transfer of information through time was happening. Interesting concept, just difficult to comprehend. There's explanation of how paradoxes are dealt with and how time branches off and creates other time streams. This was fascinating, but he spends little time exploring this concept. I wanted more of it.

There are many interchangeable characters and the the story jumped back and forth in time often. These two things coupled with a dense writing style that did not flow well made for a rocky reading experience...... ( )
  spaceman5000 | Jul 23, 2020 |
Dull, with a soupçon of “women are not important” (and I’m a man myself), characters who lack character and are hard to tell apart, and so far (I’m a third in) nothing has happened. Long passages of people explaining things to one another that they ought to know already. No charm, no surprises, and a very uninspired imagining of the near future (at the time). It gets 2 stars for being competently written (I try to save 1 star for "how did this get published???" books), but I am clearly the other end of the target market for this kind of fiction, and I'm stunned that it would win any award, let alone something so major.

Time to abandon and find something more fulfilling. ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Lee, PamelaAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Winner of the 1980 Nebula Award, Timescape has since become a classic of the science fiction genre, combining hard science, bold speculation, and human drama--a challenging and triumphant tale told by a master storyteller.  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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