Aug 26, 10
Read from August 16 to 26, 2010
Lots of flaws in this story. For one, it was hard to see why such a heavy investment would be made in sedning a person back to what was effectively a simulacrum of a period of past time, not matter how elaboratredly constructed. The concept of 'objectified dreams' was intriguing,... but as a US military project....?
Nevertheless the life of a habiline (homo habilus) band 2 million years ago is portrayed with sympathy and humanity, and the sense of what it must have been like to live with a consciousness on ther verge of developed abstreact thought is well evoked. The parallel tale of the 'time-travelling' Okampo's real life in the 20th century drags in part and doesn't alway add a whole lot to the central theme, and the end chapter, with its hint of the possibilities of future travelling, is a bit of an anti-climax. But the story is well told and its is such a bold theme it was able to keep my going right the way through to the end.