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Time Travel (Science Fiction Writing Series)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Time Travel explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You'll leave for the future from a solid theoretical launching pad - and you'll see why the idea of traveling to the past violates no known laws of physics. Time Travel explores the theories of relativity, shows you the equations, probes the marvelous possibilities. It's filled with facts you can use in ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Writer's Digest Books
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Miguel Pulido
Si te apasiona el tema de los viajes en el tiempo o quieres saber cuál es la ciencia detrás de posibles modos para viajar en el tiempo de forma plausible en tus relatos, debes leer esta guía. Aunque hay partes que necesitan de un cierto dominio de las matemáticas, el libro está escrito con la perspectiva de un escritor y hay multitud de ejemplos de viajes en el tiempo tratados en la literatura, desde el clásico de La máquina del tiempo hasta hoy. Recomendado para todo aquel que desee profundizar ...more
This one was so far over my head, I skimmed the second half of it. I wanted to spend more time thinking through paradoxes and plot points, but so much of it was physics and particles and the speed of light- this stuff is so far over my head, yikes. And it's not really what I wanted. I should have considered the synopsis more carefully. :/ Would live a synopsis of various time travel plots.
Miche11e Jouan
Aug 17, 2013 Miche11e Jouan rated it liked it
Though I'm not considering writing about time travel, I find the concept to be an interesting thought experiment. I won't pretend I understood about 25% of this book due to lack of advanced understanding of math and physics. Still, it was enjoyable and imagination-sparking.
Scott Kleinpeter
Dec 01, 2012 Scott Kleinpeter rated it really liked it
Superb glossary.
Rebecca Schwarz
I read this for research as I'm tackling a time travel story. It is a good general overview of the basic concepts of physics (the theory of relativity -theories I should say-, classic physics and quantum physics, paradoxes, etc.). I definitely feel more prepared to write a story that will be closer to science fiction than to fantasy. I did like that the author made a point of noting that there is nothing wrong with using time travel as a fantasy trope and disregarding the science, but if you ...more
Third of four volumes in Writers Digest's Science Fiction Writing Series. Author Nahin approaches the science behind theoretical methods of time travel from a literary perspective by highlighting popular time travel methods used in classic novels and stories to date. He then explores a wide variety of scientific theories about time travel, with concrete examples of how to incorporate these into your own speculative fiction. Interesting chapters include "Time as the Fourth Dimension", "When ...more
K. S.
Nov 19, 2014 K. S. rated it liked it
I read this more as a comprehensive review of existing time travel books. If you are looking for a time travel book to read this my give you some ideas. It's been probably 20 years since I read this book. Nahin was my college professor for electrical engineering. I respect him as a knowledgeable professor. I think he's a little dry though. He used to write full paragraphs on the board with proper punctuation during lecture. Hard to pay attention and take notes when you are copying a text book ...more
K.C. Shaw
Jul 13, 2014 K.C. Shaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an excellent resource for writers, and a lot of fun to read too. I've already gotten one idea for a short story just while reading it. You can skim the math-y parts if you like and still get a lot out of the book.
Erik Dreiling
Jan 02, 2016 Erik Dreiling rated it really liked it
I started reading this book when I began to write my planned time travel trilogy. It provides plenty of material to pick and choose from; it definitely helped me shape one of my main characters accordingly.
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If you're curious where "Interstellar" got all its's like page for page... great book though.
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Paul J. Nahin is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire and the author of many best-selling popular math books, including The Logician and the Engineer and Will You Be Alive 10 Years from Now? (both Princeton).
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