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Duchamp Versus Einstein

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Inspired by Marcel Duchamp's archived letters, Duchamp versus Einstein is a science fiction novelette spanning some of the most monumental events of the 20th century, and bringing together two of the most transformative figures of the era in art and science for a surreal chess match that could reshape history.
Paperback, 100 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Angry Robot
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Christine Sandquist (eriophora)
This review and others can be read on my blog, Black Forest Basilisks.

One of the things I adore most about Angry Robot as a publisher is that they’re willing to give books that are just a bit off-beat a fair shake. They’ve got unicorns in space with Space Unicorn Blues, stuffed triceratops detectives in The Imaginary Corpse, and soldiers who travel at light speed by becoming light in Kameron Hurley’s The Light Brigade. Angry Robot is the home of books that push the boundaries that might be a litt
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review is here, on my blog.

This was an often odd story. It was inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s letters, and does involve Duchamp playing a chess game with Einstein, though, the way they come together is quite a story. More than the game itself, in my opinion.

This one bounces through time, sometimes forward and sometimes back, and it takes place from the point of view of both Duchamp and Einstein as well as a third party, the woman who, shall we say, who brings them together to
Hiu Gregg
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh. Wasn't really a fan of this at all. Tries too hard to sound clever at times, and comes across as more Sheldon Cooper than Albert Einstein as a whole. Review to come.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Sehr spannende Prämisse. Leider halten weder Figuren noch Handlung das Versprechen, das aus dem Zusammentreffen dieser zwei Geistesgrößen erwächst.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 / 5 ✪

The entire premise seems to be ‘What if Marcel Duchamp and Albert Einstein played chess?’

And that’s it.

Now, if you could make it past this and still be interested in the story, someone might be forgiven the obvious question of: ‘Why?’, instead focusing on: ‘How would they do that?’ because, as far as I know or could figure out, Duchamp and Einstein never met. There’s
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a novella that requires a lot of philosophical thinking once you’ve read the book. It hints at the backdrop of humanity’s insane desire for conflict. This novella is perfect for reading with the Orville’s soundtrack which you can find on youtube.

At some point, I think the novella should have been a hundred and twenty pages longer to give Stella’s POV. I really wanted to know what kind of alien creature Stella was. The authors could have maybe had her as a mythical creature fr
Christopher Slaney
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not sure whether this should be on the Sci-Fi shelf or not, but anyway I hadn't picked up a title like Duchamp vs Einstein for the longest time. I wasn't disappointed! Hinz and Ilfeld have imagined a wonderful match-up between two of the outstanding intellects of the 20th C. and fleshed it out with some of their own creative details. Early on I guessed at the true identity of the character in her black, star-strewn dress but it didn't stop me enjoying this right up to the last page.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Robert Fox
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mind-bending meditation on war, science, art, chess and vibrators. And the (alien) Muse that makes all things possible. A quick, thought-provoking read that stays with you.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very well written story with a curious juxtaposition of two fascinating lives.
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Christopher Hinz is an author of science fiction thrillers – novels, comic books, screenplays and more.

Born in 1951 in Reading, PA, USA, his early passion for all things SF led to the writing of his first “book” in elementary school. A four-page epic, it featured a giant monster brought back from Mars who escapes and climbs the tallest building in Chicago, only to be blasted from that