Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book: The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

I picked The End of Eternity up at the bookstore at Boston Logan Airport last week. It turns out that if you get past all the rubbish at the front of the store, there is actually some pretty good stuff in the back. And the ladies who were running it last Sunday were eager to talk about books.

As one might expect given the author and an original publication date of 1955, this is classic science fiction. There is an intricate plot, big ideas, time travel paradoxes (paradoxii?) and all the rest. It is, as one would expect from the genre, a bit short on beautiful prose and rich, multidimensional characters. Because it is old, and you can almost feel yourself brushing the dust off as you read, you get the added fun of seeing what Asimov gets right and gets wrong in his implicit predictions about technological progress. 

Overall, great fun if you are into this sort of thing. There is a reason they are reprinting this in 2013.

Recommend for science fiction sorts.

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