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? 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.
©1980 Gregory Benford and Hilary Benford (P)2001 Recorded Books
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Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1980

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 21-09-09

Thoroughly enjoyed it

... but then I read it when it came out - I found it in a friends house.
It's a grim view of the 'future', but it has the feel of UK in the 1970s.
It's the style of sci-fi that I prefer, lacking wizzo tech, and lacking wizzo social stuff: Just a premise, and see where you go.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gary on 28-10-12

Good SF and even better science

The potential time paradoxes are acknowledged and explained. Using separate narrators for each time period added to the listening pleasure.

The book leaves none of the science to chance and explains it better than any science book for non-scientist.

You'll get a good coherent communication across time book nicely read, and great science explanations (okay, tachyons don't really exist, but if they did!). Overall a very fun listen.

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