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3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  171 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Read the tale of Randy Hunter, billionaire industrialist, who communicates with aliens, achieves interstellar flight and explores far-flung worlds in a future filled with technological wonders. The future physics is mind-boggling but firmly grounded in the science of today, and the action never stops.

Paperback, 274 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by (first published 1992)
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Jan 24, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel, sci-fi
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 elements together is somewhat lacking at times, the novel is still worth its weight in ideas.
Oct 09, 2010 Ron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Yawn. Very little fiction--and most of it sophomoric--with a heavy dose of science and pseudo-science.

Reads like the "amazing" tales of the 40s. Very unsympathetic hero. Little to like.
Bob Miller
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 physics of high speed travel and its affect on time. As you read, you may hark back to older science fiction due to emphasis on science and some neglect of writing style. Pl ...more
Kaus Wei
Book 2 in my re-reading odyssey.

I will start by getting the minor quibbles out of the way. 1) The not infrequent 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 acquired them, the name of the resulting company would have been---IBM. There is no two ways about
David Bonesteel
Jun 14, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it did not like it
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 L. Forward never lets us forget how wonderful and brilliant he thinks his hero is, which came off as more than a little self-congratulatory since I couldn't shake the feeling tha ...more
Phil Scovis
Nov 02, 2016 Phil Scovis rated it it was ok
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 appendix.

But 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 se
Oct 14, 2012 Miramira rated it did not like it
This book stands as Exhibit A for why hard sf gets written off by critics as a genre that cares nothing for complex characterization. Apparently Forward didn't realize that Mary Sue/Gary Stu checklists are supposed to be used as models for how *not* to create a protagonist, because Randy Hunter achieves a near-perfect score: fabulously wealthy? Check. Ridiculously good-looking and athletic? Check. Genius-level intelligence? Check. Gorgeous love interest who exists solely to demonstrate how aweso ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hard science fiction from an actual physicist is interesting, and was fun at parts, but failed at far too many others.

For being set in the 2030s and onward, there are far too many 90s 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 laugh.

The rest of the time the author is trying to do too much, too fast. Not only that, but when the story passes through
Andy Love
Mar 27, 2012 Andy Love rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this one - I love time travel stories, but this one, though providing a thoroughly consistent time travel method (in the story, time travel can't change the past, but can influence it (i.e. effects can precede causes)), fails to be a good story: the characters are paper-thin and the plot serves only to illustrate the no-inconsistencies theory of time travel (which _is_ the only kind of time travel the real world is likely to provide) and to give the main character his wis ...more
May 02, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: noone
There isn't a blighter like a bad book and this one proved to be shamefully, unreadably bad by around page 5. I wish I could give negative stars. Character building was virtually nonexistent. The main character was pathetic even for a wish-fulfiller Gary-Stu. Like an extremely crappy, trashy, watered up Tony Stark, and I don't have a high opinion on the original, to start with. Oh, and giving your protagonist a midget-size is not a substitute for character-building, nor will it make him any more ...more
Brian Maicke
A time travel story that is a bit light on character development. I enjoyed the book, but towards the end it was a bit repetitive as some of the same scenes were replayed from the view of the main character from different times. I understand the device as the author illustrates the impossibility of paradoxes in the time travel story, but it went on a bit long for my taste.
Jul 10, 2011 Dreepa rated it did not like it
another Library sale book. (another flight)

Main character was annoying.
The author tried to add in 'sex' to spice it up with innuendo... weak.
The last 1/3 of the book is super super boring as it repeats itself 3 times.
The 'hard' science is not well explained and not really that interesting.

The only thing of real interest was the Silverhairs....
Nov 27, 2007 Thomas rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Hard Science Fiction
Shelves: sciencefiction
Robert Forward does as good a job as any of writing theoretical plausible space stories. This book is interesting because it writes a hard science fiction space opera with good guys bad guys et al. Some very interesting technology discussed here, but the story is so implausible as to distract from the plausible science.
R. F. Errant
Jan 26, 2017 R. F. Errant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The best book I know trying to deal with faster-than-light travel accurately. Himself being a physicist, Forward used the same science that Kip Thorne, along with others such as John Wheeler, pioneered that would also influence Carl Sagan's Contact and the movie Interstellar.
Jan 11, 2016 DonaldGoss3 rated it it was amazing
If you like time travel stories you will enjoy this tale. The science sound plausible. The story is entertaining.
Bee Batchelor
Feb 10, 2014 Bee Batchelor rated it it was amazing
Mathematics are a must to even get close to understanding this book...... interesting 'wrinkle' with sex thing...
Nov 22, 2008 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, own
Great ideas, terrible writing.
Rubén Horcajada
Ciencia Ficción para profesionales.

Si no es lo tuyo, olvídalo. La cabeza te estallará y no sabrás ni por qué.
Sep 26, 2007 Jon added it
Recommends it for: everyone
7 out of 10 : vintage sci-fic.
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Robert Lull Forward, commonly known as Robert L. Forward, (August 15, 1932 - September 21, 2002) was an American physicist and science fiction writer. His fiction is noted for its scientific credibility, and uses many ideas developed during his work as an aerospace engineer.

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