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Between The Strokes Of Night
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* BotM: "Between the Strokes of Night" by Charles Sheffield
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Sep 21, 2011 Richard rated it liked it
Recommends it for: HardSF buffs content with fairly weak sociology.
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Between the Strokes of Night deals with the long-term experiences of humanity as a space-faring race. Its central contribution — not a spoiler, since the opens with this exploration — is an intriguing twist on time and space travel, specifically that by adapting the human body to different temperatures, subjective experience can be changed to stretch a human lifespan over many centuries or millennia.

As far as traditional “hard” science fiction goes, Charles Sheffield does a pretty good job of
Sep 18, 2011 Tomislav rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Charles Sheffield is a new writer to me, in terms of novels. Judging by his award nominations, I think he is known primarily for hard sf short stories and science articles in Analog and similar publications.

There are two editions of the novel available. As originally published in 1987, the ending of the book was consistent with the big bang-big crunch model of the universe. After this was shown to be incorrect in the 1990s, Sheffield revised the novel, completely replacing the ending, and increa
Nov 05, 2011 Angela added it
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Nov 08, 2007 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, xcharity-2012
Between The Strokes Of Night is worth the read simply for the scientifically sound means he develops for interstellar travel, very unique yet satisfying and comprehensive. I nearly put this book down in disgust over the silly beginning. Both the dialogue and the scenario were, to me, eye-rolling bad. (However, a global warming acolyte might say just the opposite.) Due to human impact, the world climate changes so much by 2010, causing biblical catastrophes that then result in an earth-destroying ...more
Nov 09, 2009 David rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The thread running through the entire book is the idea of slowing body processes so the individual's life will last until a later year. (The person lives in very "slow motion" - it's not necessarily that they live for a greater number of heartbeats or personal experiences.) That by itself isn't a high reading priority for me. We do get some glimpses of very advanced or far future visions. I wasn't entirely satisfied with them being just glimpses. The background story for the characters and slow ...more
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Mar 28, 2008 Ted rated it really liked it
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Aug 06, 2013 Nemo marked it as to-read
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Dec 17, 2012 Bruno Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 05, 2012 Jeff Rudisel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 19, 2013 S. Zahler rated it really liked it
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