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by Robert J. Sawyer | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0441003729 Global Overview for this book
Registered by jamesmum of Richmond, British Columbia Canada on 5/7/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by jamesmum from Richmond, British Columbia Canada on Friday, May 7, 2004
Reserved for FutureCat in NZ M-bag.

Journal Entry 2 by jamesmum at on Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Released 17 yrs ago (10/19/2004 UTC) at

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For FutureCat.

Journal Entry 3 by libragirl from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, December 11, 2004
Arrived in New Zealand - reserved for Futurecat

Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, December 12, 2004
Got home from work today to discover a large bag of books waiting for me: my share of the m-bag, dropped off by libragirl. How exciting!!! Many thanks to jamesmum and libragirl!

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Journal Entry 5 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, July 29, 2005
When humanity starts to explore interstellar space, it discovers a network of purpose-built wormholes already in place allowing travel between inhabited star systems and communication between alien races. But now humanity must find the maturity to work alongside those aliens to make contact with lifeforms even more strange and mysterious.

An interesting idea, and reasonably well executed, but despite being highly imaginative, it suffers in some respects from lack of imagination (as do many "hard" science fiction novels of this type) - the technology may have moved on, but the scientists in the book seem to only refer to late-twentieth-century physical theories (is the author saying that in 200 years, theoretical physics will still be centered around quantum physics? That's like suggesting that Newtonian physics is the central tenet of physics today!). Yes, I know you can't predict what the next advance will be, but make something up! If you can make up exciting new spaceships, why not have the scientists talking about them refer to how they make use of Blogg's Theory of Anti-Exclusion or something, instead of still going on about Einstein and Schrodiner?

Oh, and some of the philosophical discussion of the physics is pretty dodgy anyway - I suspect the author may well have learnt all the terminology and superficial explanations of quantum physics (the dedication mentions assistance from a friend with a PhD in physics) without ever grasping what it really *means* (not that I claim to be an expert in the slightest (I dropped physics for maths after my first year of university), but I could spot a few places where he just obviously didn't get it, and probably a real physicist would find many more flaws).

And I'm not even going to *begin* critiquing the linguistic theories!!!

But if you can ignore those faults, it's an ok story :-)

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Journal Entry 6 by lytteltonwitch from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, September 25, 2005
Picked up at breakfast for my son to read

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