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Gregory Benford


Year 1980
Publisher Sphere  (Victor Gollancz)
ISBN 0722116306



The year is 1998, the world is a growing nightmare of desperation, of uncontrollable pollution and increasing social unrest.  In Cambridge, two scientists experiment with tachyons - subatomic particles that travel faster than the speed of light and, therefore, according to the Theory of Relativity, may move backwards in time.  Their plan is to signal a warning to the previous generation ...

In 1962, a young Californian scientist, Gordon Bernstein, finds his experiments are being spoiled by unknown interference.  As he begins to suspect something near the truth it becomes a race against time - the world is collapsing and will only be saved if Gordon can decipher the messages in time.




'This is great science fiction in ideas, great fiction in its response to people and work and the complexities of reality'

'Timescape is by turns serious and entertaining, nostalgic and forward-looking.  The ultimate resolution of the puzzle has been handled adroitly and will amaze general readers'
New Scientist



North and South Malosmadulu Atolls in the Maldives



Credit: NASA

Ocean Jewels
This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows North and South Malosmadulu Atolls in the Maldives, an island republic in the northern Indian Ocean southwest of India. Made up of a chain of 1,192 small coral islands, the Maldives arguably make up the lowest-lying country in the world, with an average elevation just 1 meter above sea level.

NASA Image of the day archive





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