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Einstein's Bridge [Paperback]

John Cramer
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June 1 1997
Drawn together at the site of the Superconducting Super Collider, two physicists and a female novelist discover an unexpected anomaly, a communication from another universe that warns of a hostile alien life form known as ""The Hive"" that seeks out intelligent life to destroy it. Simultaneous."

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In his second novel, following No Man's a Mountain (Mayhaven, 1996), physics professor Cramer writes elegantly about the ramifications from the high-particle physics superconducting supercollider (SSC). Two alien races notice the SSC activities?the Hive assimilates and destroys civilizations while the Makers share knowledge. In a race toward first contact with Earth, we can only hope the Makers reach us first. Recommended for hard sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Arriving too late for a full review, physicist-author Cramer's latest hard science fiction yarn (Twistor, 1989) begins in an alternate ``bubble'' universe where the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project didn't collapse through lack of funding in the 1990s. Instead, in 2004, the search for the elusive Higgs boson begins--but the operation of the SSC inadvertently sends a signal into another bubble universe, this inhabited by the malignant and utterly ruthless Hive, who colonize new universes by completely obliterating the competition. Fortunately, the benevolent Makers also receive the signal and send a message back alerting Earth to the danger. Cramer splendidly demonstrates just how fascinating and mind- boggling real science can be, and shows exactly how vulnerable basic research is to political whim. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Cramer's book are so detailed, and backed by scientific theory that you start to get pulled in to the imaginary world that he creates for you. Both novels are centered on groups of scientists; he makes you feel as though you are one of the scientists. The idea that there are ways to interact with alternate universes through space tunnels is astonishing. Einstein's Bridge is very interesting and it is a fast paced read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What a strange book! Nov. 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, kids, here's a quick quiz. If a book is labelled prominently "A novel of Hard Science Fiction" then: a) take it as a warning that the book will be dull b) take it as a threat that you won't understand the plot without a Ph.D. in quantum physics c) take it as an indication that the author can't write dialogue or do characterisation to save his life d) expect all the plot devices of "regular" science fiction, like time travel and fiendish aliens, but with "good" explanations e) the author will use the word "quark" as often as possible
Hah! You thought it was going to be a multiple choice test, didn't you? But no, and neither is this book quite as bad as the warning on the cover might lead you to believe. (I wonder if the Surgeon General has started requiring the labelling of "hard" sci-fi, or was it simply a public service offered by the publisher?) However, given that it is "hard" sci-fi, it is plot-driven; and given that the author admits that he had written 80% of the novel before the basic premise fell through in the real world, it is surprisingly entertaining. No profound philosophical issues here, just a tale of alien invasion, time travel, and US politics in a very odd mix. The first half of the book concerns an alternate future in which we are invaded and almost destroyed by insectoid aliens--the author makes fun of himself with one character writing a giant mutant fire ant book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at hard sci-fi. Aug. 16 1999
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The editors really blew it on this one. While the author starts with a decent, if fairly worn set of premises, and has a few genuinely unique ideas strewn about, he obviously can't help but tell us everything he knows about the defunct SSC project along with some physics wet-dream stuff. This candy is only good when skillfully mixed with good characterization and plot pacing. Instead, we get fairly 2D characters, ham-handedly described, and reams and reams of Q&A designed to bore the reader into skipping ahead to see if anything ever actually happens, or if this is a tour guide disguised as fiction. Frequently, the "conversations" turn into a brain dump of the author's banal familiarity and bias on everything from Dallas society to particle physics. People don't talk like this!
Then it gets worse. Just as things seem to be able to get interesting, a cheesy deus ex machina gets pulled and saves the day. Instead of putting us out of our misery and ending it there, Cramer then continues by having our heroes play politics. I'm not kidding. Was he trying for humor? The one love story seems contrived and is as limp as a month old asparagus. The deepest irony is that the lone female character, used pretty lamely as a foil througout, is a bad scifi writer.
There is plenty of good hard SF out there. Read "Cosm" by Benford instead of this dreck.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein's Bridge is not for sf nerds. June 11 1998
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At least Cramer, in spite of his scientific background, doesn't fall into these traps. His characters are interesting, decent morally, and are justifiably motivated to do what they have to do. Cramer also manages not to bog the reader down in inordinately long ramblings filled with technical jargon, or at least he made me feel not to be ignorant of what he was talking about by graciously filling me in on the numerous acronyms. Which is unlike what several current wordmeisters of modern hard scifi are actually doing. My only complaint with this exciting, easily readable and enjoyable book, was that Cramer seems to have truncated the tale too early, and left a bit of unresolved issues (maybe a sequel intended in that). Still, EB is clearly a heart-stopping mixture of Lovecraftian mythos and Borg mania. (Made me almost feel as if I was reading another great novel by William Browning Spencer [Resume With Monsters].) This book is a steal. Grab it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers as promised June 10 2001
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I can't explain it, but this book really stuck with me. Granted, it's not a life-changing book, but merely what it advertises: a work of hard science fiction. Although that genre set the expectations pretty low, I found this a readable and entertaining book - with a couple of "I coulda done that" heroes that draw you in and take you along with them.
The book really works as a great alternate history tale. At the start, it is comparable to Modesitt's "Tangible Ghosts" in that you can tell something is different from our world, but you're not sure what. By the end, these little mysteries are resolved in a greatly entertaining fashion. All in all, I put this book down feeling - very satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it rarely gets better than this
this book has excitement, adventure, science, plot twists and so much more. i highly recommend this book and i hope cramer writes more soon.
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by rylett
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the easiest books to put down I've ever read
I'm sorry about this John. But your book Einstein's Bridge is a real sleeper. I've only read the first half of it and I'm falling asleep. I love hard fiction. Read more
Published on June 21 2002 by Michael S. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hard Science Fiction
If you enjoy hard science fiction, as I do, then you will definately enjoy this exceptional book. Well worth a read (as is Twistor). Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Science - Soft Geography
I love it when the "Hard Science" group snubs other forms of science fiction yet they can't even read a map... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2001 by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Einstein's Bridge
Einstein's Bridge is an excellent Hard Science Fiction book. I enjoyed the very strong hero and heroin characters, the physics presented as the basis of a powerful and... Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2000 by Lee R. Lunsford
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun ideas and a good read
Starts with a realistic picture of scientists at work and adds some fantastic ideas for a fun, fast story. The science aspects are interesting and relevant to the story. Read more
Published on Dec 22 1999 by Erik Neumann
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb hard science-fiction book!!
I just absolutely enjoyed this book! It is rare to find a book with real science but with also a very entertaining story. Some ideas in the book are very original. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
I haven't read many science fictions, but this one just blew me away. It was so entertaining and was very hard to stop once I started reading. Read more
Published on July 8 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars a light switch?
On a whole I enjoyed Einstein's Bridge. It did have a tendency to over explain things... a hazard of the genre I suppose. Read more
Published on May 6 1999 by -gs- [pooka@brown.edu]
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