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The Other End of Time

(Eschaton Sequence #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A distinguished veteran of science fiction, Frederik Pohl was one of the Futurians, a New York City club of the 1930s and '40s that included Isaac Asimov. Author of The Other End of Time and The World at the End of Time, his latest novel features Dan Dannerman, a poorly paid government agent in the not-too-distant future. Dannerman discovers aliens on an abandoned space st ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Tor Science Fiction (first published October 1st 1996)
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Linda Robinson
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
This selection was a roaming the scifi aisle with my head tilted to read titles pick. Just titles. I liked this one. I don't think I've read any Pohl, couldn't claim if that's my choice or I've forgotten. This novel was published in 1996. A cryptic message has arrived on earth from not earth. Our five protagonists are introduced to us in the first paragraph by what kind of day they're having. A very cool beginning. Key players are Dan Dannerman, and his in-laws', uncle's neighbor's, former roomm ...more
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was ok

As I was reading the first chapter I thought I might have to quit reading it altogether. I just could not get into the
story. I tuffed it out though. The story
became interesting.

Chapter after chapter the story developed slowly and I held out hope that it would turn into a sort of epic. Then I started to relise that I was much closer to the end than the beginning and nothing had really happend.

In the end it disappointed. It held so much promise and unless this book is part of a larger story
Dec 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Not very thought provoking, aside from the annoyingly unrealistic paradox of what to do when you meet with your exact duplicate (not a clone, but a quantum-accurate copy of yourself). The plot worryingly revolves around a real astrophysical "heaven" where, after the big crunch, all living things are reborn and share eternal life together. Awful and unimaginative.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it
An odd view of aliens invading Earth. Pohl has great character development and a terrific vocabulary. I had to look up three words because I had never seen them before. Cool beans. It was a pretty decent ride but an unsatisfying ending.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Frederik Pohl's The Other End of Time
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 12, 2015

Ok, I cd spend the rest of my life (assuming I die by the average age for a man on this planet: 65) reading & reviewing Frederik Pohl bks. That's how good he is, that's how prolific he is. I've read at least 15 of them so far, there're something like 79 more for me to read. But, of course, no matter how much I enjoy them I have better things to do. I'm only writing this review right now b/c I just f
Peter Tillman
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vintage Pohl - wry, dark, beautifully-written
My 1997 review:
There's something strange going on at the derelict "Starlab"space station - aka the "Starcophagus" - and Dr. Patrice Adcock is going up to find out what's happening. Her party is kidnapped by reps of the "Beloved Leaders" and fired off as tachyon images to a distant starbase.

It seems the Beloved are fighting a war with the Horch and want to enlist humanity on their side. The plot thickens when the Horch smuggle in disturbing images of w
Jul 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: twentynineteen
The story starts off with such grandiose promise to take you on an inter planetary cruise and then falls well short of becoming interesting. The whole premise behind the story was that the author wanted the wider audience to get introduced to this "eschaton" thing and somehow wove a rather shticky story that never stuck really.
You feel disappointed even halfway thru it. Could not understand why Dan had to be an undercover agent only to sneak off on a spaceship. It could have been anyone.
The wh
Vincent Desjardins
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
You know a book is a disappointment when the best thing you can say about it is that the title was more intriguing than anything that happened in the book. This book felt like it was written in the 1950s or 60s. It has an interesting premise, but the narrative is poorly paced, the characterizations are uninteresting and the ending seemed rushed. This volume is the first part of a trilogy but I doubt I will read the final two books. All I can say is that I am happy I didn't pay more than a quarte ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately this Frederik Pohl book was less about science, particularly hard science, and more about relationships. In fact, I would put this into the soap opera rather than space opera category. That said, Pohl's writing is excellent and he does put a new spin on Tachyon particles. Good escapist read.
Brian Gaston
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A "later in career" book by a Grandmaster. Good but not as good as in his prime.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's engaging but it doesn't feel like a complete story.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Very nice space thriller. Start is a little bit slower, but then aliens, special technologies are brought into story with a cliffhanger ending.
Matthew Shoe
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can see why Asimov liked Pohl so well. Pure science fiction, you feel like, just maybe this could happen. Good story, leads you right into the next adventure.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-scifi
Fun ideas, yet slow and unsure whether any characters developed. Background information is filled in at a nice pace.
Stephen Gallup
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This story has something in common with a lighter piece of fiction by John Scalzi, in which aliens grapple with the problem of how to present themselves to the people of Earth. In this case there are two rival sets of aliens, and each is warning that the other side is very bad news. Group A, later identified as the Horch, begins by broadcasting images suggesting that group B is going to destroy life, the universe, and everything. To a large extent, the people of Earth react as if this is some ki ...more
Scott Holstad
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Frederik Pohl's The Other End of Time is a mediocre book with some promise, some potential, but it never seems to reach it. It's like one long drawn out scene book-ended by the beginning and end of the book, and after awhile it gets boring.

Dan Dannerman, the main character, is a secret agent for some national organization, although the United States appears to have been broken up into individual countries. Florida is its own country now, for instance. However, Dannerman's background and behavior
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Personally, I think it's difficult to make much out of Frederik Pohl's THE OTHER END OF TIME largely because, come the inevitable Twilight Zone-ish conclusion in the last few paragraphs -- the book serves essentially as a 300-plus-page set-up for novels that could follow. As a result, there's very little here to sink your science fiction teeth into, despite the author's briefly informative afterward dealing with the scientific theory of tachyons AND his interpretation of them in the novel.

Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is basically like one long drawn-out scene with vanilla characters. One character was interesting -- a *very* elderly but spry Ukrainian scientist (some insight as to this world's longevity technology among other things would have been nice), but other than her, everyone was very forgettable. I couldnt believe I was only a few pages away from the end before I had realized not only does it seem like nothing is going to get resolved....but, more puzzling: what is there to resolve? Sure, Im sl ...more
Titus Fortner
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
So, I grabbed some audio books to listen to, and grabbed this guy (and the other Eschaton series) when I also grabbed the Heechee series, the first of which had won a Hugo. I grabbed this one to listen to because I've been listening to some longer books, and I wanted something shorter. My software said it was under 6 hours of run time. Well, it lied, it was almost twice that long, and I wish I'd looked elsewhere first. According to other reviews I should have gone for Gateway (the Hugo winner) f ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed other books by Pohl before, so I was doubly disappointed in this book. It had some interesting ideas, but the bulk of the book was taken up by bureaucracy. You know what is more frustrating than being embroiled in bureaucracy... reading about it.

Pohl also used this very annoying technique of inset boxes within the text which interrupted the story line, sometimes to recapitulate points that the narrative had just told, but other times on fairly unrelated topics. These are often meant
Karen Heuler
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this about 5 years ago, and I loved it then. Some of it stuck in my evaporating mind--that the aliens were named after the seven dwarfs--Sleepy, Doc, Dopey, etc.--and that the alien machine that transmitted people and things vast distances also kept the blueprint for them, so that the humans who got lured into the intergalactic troubles found that there were copies of them going about their business, getting kidnapped, killed, fighting the good fight or being used for unpleasant purposes. ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Realized a couple chapters in that I had read this already, years ago... but finished it with pleasure. It's not Gateway, but for a story about people stuck in a prison-cell, it's engaging.

It's a strong example of a truism I think I saw first in a Cory Doctorow post on Boing Boing: SciFi is less about the future than it is about our present... and indeed, some of the forces at work on the characters (world-wide hyper-inflation, rampant street crime, and a laundry list of independence-movement or
Mar 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-and-gone
OK book. The aliens were sufficiently unusual. The book didn't focus enough on them. The only interesting SF idea was the Big Crunch-what happens when the universe collapses in on itself(although in reality, scientists know the universe will just continue expanding). The idea of copies of humans(and others) wasn't developed well enough to be very interesting.

The book mostly took place just among the main characters without that much happening-not enough plot.

The main character was pretty well do
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Not great, not bad. Some interesting ideas, a decent but slow-moving plot, a bit light on character development for the main characters, very light for the supporting ones. I listened to an audio-version while travelling etc. and it was quite suitable for that. Not so grabbing that it was hard to put away, but good enough that I wanted to hear the end. I'll probably listen to the sequel the same way
Aurel Mihai
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a fun read and Pohl does a good job of keeping the story interesting despite a rather limited scope. There is a whole lot of character development and a bit too much snark and sexuality. I wish Pohl had gone into more of the back story that he eludes to throughout the book rather than piddling around with the handful of characters he chooses to throw together. Overall a decent story if you don't go in expecting too much of it.
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
"Laborious" and "tedious" spring to mind. The writing is devoid of any flair, style, or personality. The sense of wonder (either blossoming or exploding) that should accompany first contact is absent. I definitely won't be reading any more in this series. I'll probably try "Gateway" at some point, after I try to forget this book (not a problem).
Jack Hope III
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it
5/3/11 Just started listening to this as an audio book. If memory servers, I've never read of Pohl's work.

5/6/11 Finished... I did not really like the characters in this novel... too many cliched, flat, unrealistic stereotypes. Still, the story was original and interesting enough for me to want to finish the series.
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Serviceable. The idea of the eschaton is cool, as is the fact of the interstellar warfare, but this story feels as if it very much needs a better resolution. I'm alright with books leaving us in suspense, but this ending was more of a whimper or a "my editor thinks this is long enough, and I'll leave the rest for the sequel."
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Apr 20, 2011 rated it liked it
An interesting read with some far-out ideas. A couple of messages from an extraterrestrial source lead to an unimaginable encounter. A bit slow-paced and with forgettable characters but what kept me going was trying to figure out what is going on.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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