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Paths to Otherwhere

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In the early 21st century, the nations of the world have realigned themselves into new power blocs. The centers of new totalitarian empires are China and Japan, both bent on world domination. Unable to learn from the mistakes of the past they are bound to repeat them in a new war that will make all earlier ones seem tame. Nor can the United States and Europe - both of ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 405 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Baen (first published 1996)
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Aug 30, 2015 Mark rated it did not like it
James P. Hogan's novel starts out in a world heading towards crisis. In a not-too-distant future, the United States is slowly rotting from within, with revolutionaries and gangs forcing an increasingly authoritarian reaction from the government. As an increasingly likely conflict with Japan and China looms, scientists develop a device that heralds the prospect of improving decision-making by allowing users to tap into the infinite number of decisions made by their multitude of counterparts in ...more
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Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
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The quote on the cover proclaims Hogan the "Dean of hard SF." I'd think Arthur C. Clarke or Larry Niven better fits the title, but reading the book, even if he doesn't head the department, he definitely works there. This novel really does deal with a lot of fascinating and big ideas, and it isn't hand-waving Bat-science either in this book about the concept of the Multiverse. I can't recall ever reading a more lucid explanation of the paradoxes that inspired quantum physics. And from that hard ...more
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Mar 24, 2013 Sean Randall rated it liked it
This story had a lot of potential, started out quite interestingly indeed. Sadly, it suffers from what I call Sawyerism - taken from Robert J. Sawyer's tendency to end cracking scientific novels with transhumanic or Utopian Nirvana-like happy ever afters. Not that I can say Sawyer did it first, of course, but I encountered it first with him.

On the other hand, there were some very good bits: the science was fun, the Human observation good too, especially at the end of chapter twenty-four, and the
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Though the style is a little bald, the ideas are great - scientists research into parallel universes, discover that one of them is a utopia; how does this change them and the intelligence agencies who are monitoring their activities?
Jan 18, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it
Alternate history, people crossing into parallel dimensions, government corruption.. what's not to like? This was well written, and entertaining from start to end. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes at least the first two things mentioned in the first sentence.
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

Hogan was was raised in the Portobello Road area on the west side of London. After leaving school at the age of sixteen, he worked various odd jobs until, after receiving a scholarship, he began a five-year program at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough covering the practical and theoretical sides of electrical, electronic, and m
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