Summary ´ Timemaster

Robert L. Forward Ò 8 Characters

Re physics is mind boggling but firmly grounded in the science of today and the action never stops.. Robert Forward books are a bit difficult to rate Like Dragon s Egg Timemaster has the hard science fully developed and thought out It s clear that Forward has done the math and knows what he s talking about The book leaves you thinking about the science and pondering the diagrams in the appendixBut the writing and plot are just crap In accordance with Sturgeon s Law The characters are flat and inconsistent the conflict over family relationships is abandoned and the entire story seems like an excuse to set up a large scale demonstration of Novikov s PrincipleI was waiting for the revelation that the Silverhairs were an extension of some super intelligent multi dimensional creature that baits space explorers and uses them to spread its reach across space and time But they re never anything than the simple alien puppy dogs they are introduced as Consider that my alternative interpretationThe book is almost two decades old and by today s standards has some appalling sexist tropes

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Timemaster

Stellar flight and explores far flung worlds in a future filled with technological wonders The futu. Book 2 in my re reading odysseyI will start by getting the minor uibbles out of the way 1 The not infreuent to a hair style called the Paul Reveere everyone seemed to wearing them in this story 2 A ship called the Animal Avenger I read the name and gagged immediately 3 MacIBM computers I winced when I read this At the time of writing Apple was a struggling company and if IBM had acuired them the name of the resulting company would have been IBM There is no two ways about it 4 Star travel in the hands of a lone individual I do not care how rich you are if a government wants something it will get it Someone somewhere would have copiedstolen the method of interstellar travelNext up from the uibbles are the characters primarily our hero They are well unlikeable for the most partThe protagonist is a rich muscular super genius with what is hinted at being a foot long penis But wait he does have failings He is short under 5 feet tall and a workaholic but his gorgeous girlfriendwife loves him anyway Already I can feel a personal connection to him wait sorry that was gas Turns out I feel nothing for him with the possible exception of annoyance About the only character that I could form any connection with was the designated villain and he is a rather low and base character himselfThere are a plethora of other characters strewn about and the hero does eventually have some kids he neglects so he can go off on adventures and while they do play roles in plot they do not sever any pivitol purpose and are largely forgettableOn the same level as poor characterisation I must mention that the last third of the book is essentially just a repetition of the preceeding uarter or so but from different points of view It could have and should have been greatly abbreviated rather than left to drag on and on and onThis finally leads me to my greatest problem with the book and one that it would be difficult for the author to have avoided unless he was incredibly aware of how global events affect personal conceptions of the world The future it tells of is one firmly rooted in the early 1990 s and thus does not translate well into the modern dayReading this book is like being shown a glimpse of the mentality that existed in the minds of many western citizens just after the fall of the communist bloc All of a sudden the threat of nuclear anihilation seemed to vanish defence budgets could finally be cut and peace was about to explode onto the world stage In political science terms this period was referred to as the end of history There was an expectation at a certain level that nothing of tragic importance was ever going to happen again no war no great upheavals just low brush fires that would dwindle with time and technological improvementAll that money that had been spent on nuclear weapons and bombers and tanks could be channelled to productive purposes Great projects for the betterment of mankind could finally be undertaken again and the stars would be within our grasp in mere decadesAnd this was the world that the story took place in For many readers this may be a non issue but for me it render the book difficult to read because I just could not suspend my disbelief long enough I felt like I was being asked to imagine that I still lived in 1993 and to believe that nothing bad was ever going to happen againOnce again I find that a book kept on the expectation of continued enjoyment has proven to be a disappointment Unlike Book 1 I do remember the story somewhat but there is nothing in it that makes me want to ever read this book again

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Read the tale of Randy Hunter billionaire industrialist who communicates with aliens achieves inter. Yawn Very little fiction and most of it sophomoric with a heavy dose of science and pseudo scienceReads like the amazing tales of the 40s Very unsympathetic hero Little to like


10 thoughts on “Timemaster

  1. says:

    This novel is packed with so many great ideas it makes your head swim An author I truly miss Robert L Forward was one of the best hard science fiction writers The science is so astounding in this novel and another wonderfully thought out alien creature i will be the first to admit that the story tying all these great eleme

  2. says:

    Yawn Very little fiction and most of it sophomoric with a heavy dose of science and pseudo scienceReads like the amazing tales of the 40s Very unsympathetic hero Little to like

  3. says:

    Space entrepeneur Randy Hunter discovers a kind of space dwelling plant composed of negative matter which allows him to develop interstellar spaceflight and time travel not to mention acheiving all of his dreams winning the girl foiling his drug addicted rival and becoming an all around great guy Author Robert

  4. says:

    This hard science fiction novel by Robert L Forward renown scientist with a PhD in gravitational physics makes one seriously consider the idea of time as physicists know it today or knew it in the 1990's The story is not bogged down with the details providing an interesting read regardless of whether you understand the

  5. says:

    An interesting time travel story that reflects the period it was written inA couple of space battles

  6. says:

    Book 2 in my re reading odysseyI will start by getting the minor uibbles out of the way 1 The not infreuent to a hair style called the 'Paul Reveere'; everyone seemed to wearing them in this story 2 A ship called

  7. says:

    Space entrepeneur Randy Hunter discovers a kind of space dwelling plant composed of negative matter which allows him to develop interstellar spa

  8. says:

    Robert Forward books are a bit difficult to rate Like Dragon's Egg Timemaster has the hard science fully developed and thought out It's clear that Forward has done the math and knows what he's talking about The book leaves you thinking about the science and pondering the diagrams in the appendixBut the writing and plot

  9. says:

    Hard science fiction from an actual physicist is interesting and was fun at parts but failed at far too many othersFor being set in the 2030´s and onward there are far too many 90´s references like ¨Koosh¨ balls¨ and ¨three dee¨And while some guesses may turn out to be wildly accurate at this day and age guessing that in 2030 a wrist computer would have 1 GB of ram is just a laughThe rest of the time the

  10. says:

    This book stands as Exhibit A for why hard sf gets written off by critics as a genre that cares nothing for comple

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