A Scientific Romance
Author: Ronald Wright
About A Scientific Romance: A man learns of a time machine and uses it to go to the future. While he explores the future and tries to learn its past, we learn about his own.
Review of A Scientific Romance
Fourteen years ago, Bird, and the images are still brighter, I'll bet, than any of those lithographs we sold. But I must get on with what I owe you: an explanation, an apology. You're going to walk out of the King Canute, down to the boat with a jug of bitter in your hand and two Scotch eggs in your pocket, and look over the water to my "human torpedo," and what are you going to see? The fata morgana, St. Elmo's fire, corposants jiving on the waves? I'm not exactly sure. But you'll see enough to know that what you're about to read is the truth. I hope you remembered to keep the camcorder running. With that you'll stand a chance of getting someone to believe you.
...from page 5
The title of this book got my attention and should have warned me what it would be like. I chose to hope for more romance in the traditional sense not as the title suggested (scientific). I don't want to suggest that the book was not enjoyable, just not in the way I expected (a good thing).
I found myself, while reading the early chapters, looking for the forthcoming romance. It took the whole trip with David to realize that the romance I was looking for was there the whole time. I can't help but recommend this book to all with any interest in history. After reading this I find myself looking for more books of the same ilk. Thank you, Ronald.
Would I read this again? After much thought and time, I say yes.
Reviewed by PB on 26 October 2008.
- Neil MacDonald, Geist Magazine, 1997
- “This book is a great read: it kept me awake all night.”
- John Vernon, New York Times, 15 March 1998
- “The result is a fresh take on an old formula — the dystopian postapocalypse novel — and a profound meditation on the nature of time.”
- James Schellenberg, Challenging Destiny, 7 January 2000
- “Few books can claim that their highest points, in terms of ideas and the expression of ideas, are not overwhelmed by the tedium of the low points. A Scientific Romance is a rare achievement.”
- John Dupuis, The Reading Diary of John Dupuis, 8 July 2003
- “All in all, not bad but could have been better.”
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Added 01 December 2008.
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