Such a fine book about a time travelling bureaucracy threatened by one rogue "technician".Asimov was so abnormally prolific that I have a tendency to class his writing with some of the dregs that will make their way into a lifetime of work. It's a mistake and I always marvel at how profound some of his writing could be. This book has some of the oddities of "golden age" science fiction: a lack of women (though a key plot element in this book), a surfeit of "blasters", an undying faith in the future of microfilm, and a fondness for smokers (though, surprisingly, no academic pipe smokers in this one).These elements are more than compensated for in a story that does marvelous work with the paradoxes of time travel, of the nuances of reality, of how minor events - a moved container, a missed appointment - can impact the future. It even has an interesting love story and some nail-biting adventure. It's Asimov at his best, willing to take on massive ideas about human existence compressed into a fairly brief novel which, at its heart, is about a man's obsession for a woman.
Noia is my favorite character. She's the only female character and the only one who hasn't been tainted by the Eternity bureaucracy.
I had not heard the narrator before but he had excellent diction, pacing and an ability to convey the emotions of the book.
I will admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Asimov's Robot set from I, Robot through the 3 Olivaw/Baley novels, but I have trouble with other Asimov. I was looking forward to this classic of time-travel & I think Time-Travel stories are incredible when done well, but this one lacks something for me. For one we never get to see the affected worlds, all of the "action" takes place basically in a rather sterile bureaucratic office environment composed of the Eternals (the ones affecting time change etc.) Finally at the end we get to a point where something interesting starts to happen, but by then I didn't care and it was over. There are a couple of neat ideas that I think should have been followed up or become the novel's direction and maybe it needs to be restructured and rewritten along different lines, but of course that's not going to happen. I found Benford's Timescape, Clarke/Baxter's Light of Other Days, & Finney's Time and Again pair of novels to be more interesting.
I can't, but perhaps, "My new favorite," has at least some descriptive power.
Noys, Asimov succeeds in describing an extremely desirable character.
Not sure, but Paul succeeds in doing a great job, here.
Yes, the end! I got chills.
The beginning is a bit slow, and the main character seems to have highly erratic emotions, but ultimately the story's strengths highly outweigh its potential flaws.
sci-fi lover. not a prepper but i dig end of the world stories. I'm a black smith and foundry man by trade. & Zombies Zombies Zombies.
This is one of Asimov good ones. His books can come off dry sometimes and i was skeptical at first. but after a little bit the story picks up and had all the timey wimey stuff i was looking for. to quote some modern Dr.who.
If you liked "The first men" this book will be a good follow up.
Quite an imaginative storyline - different from the usual cowboys and indians in outer space, though it seems a bit dated now. The narrator, in my opinion, is awful and almost caused me to give up. This, especially as I just had finished the Hobbit with its wonderful narration.
Believe it or not I didn't know who Isaac Asimov was until after I had finished about 90% of this book. I did not realize it was published in 1955 until I was about 80% of the way through the book. This is important to note because it is a testament to how far ahead of his time Asimov was. To be completely honest the book started out a little slow and awkward for me but it slowly drew me in as I am sure it has done many others. It starts with a lot of mind boggling temporal jargon of Asimov's on invention but presented in away that makes the reader realize after a while that for all their advance knowledge and technology these future humans are every bit as suspicious and petty as we are today and of course there lies the problem, but, the answer is not so simple and Asimov kept me guessing until the end. Brilliantly done!
I have only listened to the audio version
The main character because of the changes that his character went through; I was proud of him at the end!
It never got in the way of the story
What would you do if you could change anything in time?
Intricate, intriguing story. A great sci-fi read.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Sure. Asimov is always terrific, this standalone novel is just a great reflection on time travel with a compelling story. Sure there are inconsistencies with the plot but I thin if you put yourself int he mindset that this story will help you fill out the Asimov cannon, you will enjoy it and be entertained. I think you will also be surprised how many of the plot conceits have been used by other others, movies since the date of the novel. Asimov is one of the originals of this genre.
The main character is unique. He is certainly not very likeable, but that is what made him so interesting to me because he was a product of a process that made him that way. Thought provoking when you compare that to what happens to all of us at some point in our lives.
I thought it was really cool when they returned to Earth at the end of the novel.
I find Asimov a very entertaining writer, the logic he uses really pulls you into the storyline. Not sure I would laugh or cry at his material but his stories really pull you into the internal logic and complexity.
I thought the narrator did a great job. Good production.
I'm not sure how Asimov pulled off this story except to say he's a very skilled and original writer.
This story is now almost 60 years old and there are obvious criticisms.
The language of technology -people are 'psychoed' to not remember, 'tubes' are used to send reports, reports are written on film etc...- is dated of course. Happily, it adds an element of humour that the author may not have intended but it works pretty well.
And the sexism! The Eternals are all male and supposed to be Spock like but throw one voluptuous babe (Mickey Spillane could not have described her better) into the mix and suddenly everyone acts like a high school nerd and Eternity itself is in jeopardy.
You would think these problems would sink the plot but they don't. It has a lot of twists and turns and makes no sense sometimes but it keeps going right to the last page.
This was good science fiction and good fun. Think Douglas Adams meets H.G. Wells.
Even if you have no love for sci-fi, even if you don't pay attention to the science aspect of this book, this is a great story. A story about what true love can do to a man and the lengths he will go to save his woman, no matter the cost.
I personally love the sci-fi part of the story but that's only the back drop for a fantastically complex tale that is hard to imagine one could actually piece together as a writer unless you were a genius, (which Asimov was as he was a member of Mensa).
The story starts our rather abruptly but picks up speed quickly. If you feel something isn't clear, it'll be explained later and by the end it will all be clear. That is part of Asimov's gift. He can take a very complex concept and over time, through the telling of a story make it real and apparent to the reader without any confusion. Even if you have a slight bit of confusion going through the book, it won't matter, you'll get it.
This is a fantastic love story, ultimately, with (spoiler), a happy ending. Very surprising, but happy.