Einstein's Bridge Paperback – Jun 1997
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From Library Journal
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.
From Kirkus Reviews
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 morePublished on June 21 2002 by Michael S. Morgan
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 morePublished on Dec 30 2001
I love it when the "Hard Science" group snubs other forms of science fiction yet they can't even read a map... Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2001 by Rick
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Lee R. Lunsford
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 morePublished on Dec 22 1999 by Erik Neumann
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 morePublished on Aug. 8 1999
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 morePublished on July 8 1999