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Twister (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Juli 1991

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A first novel from John Cramer, who is Professor of Physics at the University of Washington.

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A university physics discovery leads to an Eden-like world.

TWISTOR was my first novel. It's about people doing scientific research, about breakthrough physics discoveries, and about adventures in a "shadow world" that parallels our own.

David Harrison, a young physics postdoc and and Victoria Gordon, a graduate student working together on a "table-top" experiment in a small lab at the University of Washington stumble on a world-spanning breakthrough discovery, the Twistor Effect. Soon, because of dirty tricks by industrial spies, David and two small children are trapped in a "shadow" world, an Eden-like twin of the Earth with its own ecology of strange plants and animals, including a peculiarly colorful "tree-bird", a dextrous six-legged "shadow kitten", and a giant tentacle-mouthed "shadow bear". David has most of a laboratory full of custom-built equipment but no electrical power. Vickie has the technical knowledge, but her hardware has gone with David and the industrial spies are closing in. Can David and the children ever get back to their own world, or are they trapped forever in the the beautiful but dangerous shadow world? -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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My search for this book was a long one. I first learned about the author and his book when I downloaded a computerized periodic table for the Macintosh written by John Cramer. (It was a Hypercard stack, I believe.) It was freeware that, incidentally, advertised his book Twistor. I put the book on my mental "to buy" list but it was YEARS before I spotted a copy on a bookshelf. (Still a first printing. Go figure.)
What goes around comes around, though, and I did wind up "paying" for Cramer's excellent periodic table with my purchase of his book. Meanwhile it's a fine book, a thoroughly well crafted hard science fiction tale with a little mystery and fantasy thrown in. Highly recommended to fans of "good old SF" -- like me! And infinitely more deft than, say, Crichton's recent expedition into vaguely similar territory.
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I am often bemused by customer reviews that criticize a science fiction book because it has science in it. This is the type of book that a lot of "science fiction" fans won't like: It contains some actual, fairly believable science; it takes place in the present; it is not a space opera. Twistor uses the concept of a shadow universe to provide us with a most interesting thriller. If the modest amount of science is over your head you can safely skim through it.
My only annoyance was with the fairy tale that the protagonist told to two children in stages throughout the book. While I can grasp the author's intent in telling it, I didn't like the plot interruption. All in all a most worthy book.
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I remember reading this book back in 1990 or so and not being able to put it down. It completely captured my imagination and remains one of my all-time favorite hard sci-fi books. For comparison, my other favorites include works of James Hogan and Greg Bear. Each of my friends that borrowd my copy of Twistor share my enthusiasm for this book and author. In addition to some really well thought and written hard sci-fi, I really enjoyed the main character who is a graduate student that is easy to relate to. I am very excited to discover that John Cramer has written more books! (I hadn't realized this until surfing Amazon.com for the first time last week.)
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Cramer's blend of physics and a believable story in the near future makes for a book that is difficult to put down. The physics is real with only slight modification to make it acceptable in a fictional novel. This makes for more realistic fiction than the more far-fetched 'star wars' type. All in all, it's a book that I found very readable. The only annoying feature was the continual break in story line to recount a fairy-tale to the two children. I hope he writes more books along the same lines.
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