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The Singers of Time (1991)

by Frederik Pohl, Jack Williamson

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The newest collaboration from the writing team of Pohl and Williamson is based on the theories of Stephen Hawking and is set in a not so distant future in which Earth has been conquered by an alien race. The aliens turn to the humans for help, though, when news comes that somehow their home planet has disappeared.… (more)
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Earth has been subjugated by the alien Turtles, through trade more than force; they suppress Earth science, including quantum mechanics. Also they bring with them bull-like humanoids used as servants and food. When the Turtle mother planet disappears, however, they rely on rebellious humans and human science to figure things out. So, it plays on hard sf theories with an overlay of weird gender politics, perhaps summed up in the cover that has a slight blonde girl sitting on the shoulders of her bull-like friend, because love is what motivates women and discovery motivates men. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 11, 2017 |
I felt like I was reading a cartoon. The characters were a drag and the story did not deliver like I had hoped. ( )
  TheDavisChanger | Dec 22, 2010 |
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To Stephen Hawking, in gratitude for an inspiration he would never recognize and, mostly, for being Stephen Hawking.
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An Earth human whose name was Augustine once sang in his confession: "What, then, is time?"
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The newest collaboration from the writing team of Pohl and Williamson is based on the theories of Stephen Hawking and is set in a not so distant future in which Earth has been conquered by an alien race. The aliens turn to the humans for help, though, when news comes that somehow their home planet has disappeared.

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