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On March 16, 1912, British polar explorer Titus Oates commits suicide by walking out of his tent into an Antarctic blizzard, to save Robert Falcon Scott and the other members of the English exploration team. His body is never found — because he was snatched away into the year 2045 by scientists experimenting with a new faster-than-light drive. Arriving in the future, Oates...more
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Tej
What an enticing concept. And when you read the first couple of chapters, there's an even bigger canvas set up for a truly promising sci fi yarn.

What a pity then, that promise remains only but a tease in the background for about 80% of the book, most of which is padded out with tedious domestic affairs of Titus Oates adjusting to the technological and social changes of the future. It was amusing and enjoyable to read of Oates's stubbornly gentleman manners coping with the raw freedom, racial and...more
Trin
This book has a truly rockin’ concept: British polar explorer Titus Oates—he of self-sacrificing “I am just going outside and may be some time” fame—did not in fact perish in Antarctica in 1912, but was instead rescued by scientists experimenting with new time travel technology in 2045. As Wychwood and I discussed in several very capslocky emails, how can one resist a book where, as she put it, “THERE IS TITUS OATES IN FUTURE NEW YORK AND ALSO SPACE ALIENS”? Especially when it’s available for fr...more
Steve Poling
"Revise the World" is a fish-out-of water story about Captain Titus Oates, a polar explorer who walked away from the doomed Robert Falcon Scott expedition to the South Pole. His body was never found. This provides an opportunity in 2045 to test a time machine to rescue him without having to worry about changing history through some butterfly-effect. There are no butterflies in Antarctica.

Captain Oates is a proper Edwardian gentleman possessed of all the attitudes and prejudices of that time. His...more
Isis
The idea behind this book is fabulous: when Antarctic explorer Titus Oates walked out of his tent in 1912 to die (so his fellow Scott expedition members would not be burdened by him), he was scooped up by a time-and-space-travel project and brought forward to 2045. The execution is somewhat less fabulous, but mostly still enjoyable.

Oates in the 21st century is entertaining and believable; he's a racist and sexist product of his times, but the qualities that made him an explorer allow him to lear...more
Gene
Titus Oates comes to life in this book, right down to his accent. From what I've read about his real life personality, his character in the book is absolutely believable. Following his story from near-death to recovery to romantic involvement to lunacy to sheer focus was riveting. I just couldn't put this book down.

Why, you ask? For starters, I like science fiction that develops characters and focuses on a solid plot. Brenda Clough did a fantastic job with that. This story was about people, with...more
Jayme
Huge miss. The idea is exciting, but the author doesn't capitalize on the opportunity. Starting with the similarities between time travel and space travel (a concept I've never thought about before), and bringing a real person into a fictional imagining of the future, this book had nothing but promise. But instead of flying forward and exploring possibility, the author harps on the fish-out-of-water cliche for ages. It's not interesting, it serves as a road block, and honestly, if anyone from th...more
Julia
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Despite the updated cultural background and the focus more on romance than adventure, Revise the World continually reminded me of a Golden-Age-SciFi space opera, in the vein of Doc Smith and his contemporaries. It has the same great sense of fun, and the same lack of attention to the mundane details of characterization and plotting.

The premise of the book (and the earlier novella it's built on) is that humanity has been contacted by an alien race that has told us how to bend time and space in o...more
GUD Magazine
Despite the updated cultural background and the focus more on romance than adventure, Revise the World continually reminded me of a Golden-Age-SciFi space opera, in the vein of Doc Smith and his contemporaries. It has the same great sense of fun, and the same lack of attention to the mundane details of characterization and plotting.

The premise of the book (and the earlier novella it's built on) is that humanity has been contacted by an alien race that has told us how to bend time and space in o...more
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I recently read an awesome book by Brenda Clough called Revise the World. It's near-future SF, featuring the Antarctic explorer Titus Oates, and it fills me with astonishing glee. Note: This is an e-book only: http://www.bookviewcafe.com/option,co...
Gerald
Not just for scifi fans, but the best book I've read this year.

Merged review:

Best science fiction I've read in years.

And not just for scifi fans. Anybody who loves great writing should read this book.
Punk
Jul 11, 2012 Punk marked it as find-and-read  ·  review of another edition
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Polar exploration and spaceships? Relevant to my interests. DRM-free ebook for sale at Smashwords.
Natlyn
While the protagonist's situation was interesting at the start, ultimately the developments didn't hold my interest.
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