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In an America becoming repressive in the face of world tensions, Brad Clifford, a young mathematical physicist, had been virtually drafted from academia to work on defense projects. But Brad's true dedication was to bring about the unification of all fields and forces, and his theory was too wild for his superiors to take seriously. So he defied the political authorities and went AWOL to work with a fellow maverick scientist. They built the machine that his theory made possible - but the machine made all weapons impotent, and could either wreck the world or save it. And the Powers That Be wanted to control it for their own benefit...

©1978 James P. Hogan (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Edward
  • Green Cove Springs, FL, United States
  • 10-01-14

Just like I remembered...

This is one of the stories I read when I was young that really got me hooked on science fiction. It's a hard science, science fiction based in a cold war type world. It is so good because it tells the story of a man who when asked if he had the power to change the world, what would he do, and what he does makes for a most enjoyable story.

James Hogan does an excellent job telling the story, and it is one that can move you. The only thing is you'll have to do is ignore the dates used because the story takes place around 2005 - 2007. Just put your own dates in and enjoy the story.

I highly recommend this book, and hope you find it as enjoyable and inspirational as I did.

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Great science in a Heinlein like story

I am liking James Hogan more and more, and excited to see audible doing more of his work. Some of the future dates in the book have already passed, but the story is still relevant and thought provoking. He takes the time and research to put together interesting ideas that feel believable.

Recommended!

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Great sci-fi concepts, good story, characters meh

What made the experience of listening to The Genesis Machine the most enjoyable?

Hogan's sci-fi concepts are always fascinating and way ahead of their time and this book is no exception. Plus he explains the concepts well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were fairly meh to me. I read Hogan for the concepts.

What does Ryans Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was a pretty good reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Hot war.

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite Hogan but its good. It reads a bit dated in places but overall I liked it.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-12-15

James P Hogan at his best

This has got to be one of my all-time favourite books the plot, the characters,, nothing much beats this unless you look at inherit the. Stars