October the First Is Too Late

October the First Is Too Late➹ [Reading] ➻ October the First Is Too Late By Fred Hoyle ➮ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Professor Hoyle's time travel science fiction adventure is a modern relative of The Time Machine by HG WellsSolar beams plays havoc with terrestrial time England is in the '60's but WWI is still ragin Professor Hoyle's time travel science First Is ePUB ´ fiction adventure is a modern relative of The Time Machine by HG WellsSolar beams plays havoc with terrestrial time England is in the ''s but WWI is still raging in western Europe Greece is in the golden age of Pericles while the United States is some thousands of years in the future; and Russia and Asia are reduced to a glass like plain fused by the burnt out sun of a far distant future The central themes are October the PDF/EPUB ² time and the meaning of consciousness The heroes are a pianist composer and his scientist friend The dramatic highpoint of the book is a magnificent almost idyllic section on the life and music of the future in which one can almost hear the compositions of two rivals as they compete in improvisations. 180701 have you heard of a science fiction literary exposition an infodump of this new technology or that new idea? well here is a book for whom it is the infodump freed of tyranny of literary techniues that has developed through the ages that is all lectures all the time this book knows what you truly want to read so i present 'infodump the novel''plausible impossibilities' is what matters though i do not think this is what is meant to be dropped by beckett for example you know the usual comfort of devices of fiction of characters thought plot theme of irony surprise emotional lives to fill out rounded charactersread this because this is my birthdate so no great hopes though i did wonder for what i was too latethere are no rounded characters there is a tendency to identify protagonist with the author well go ahead here even if he is split into two one a physicist one a musician both remarkable admired capable in a way for example philip k dick characters never are and easily slotted in scenes with 'the prime minister' with 'the australian pilot' where men are men and women leave the room and leave presence or memory or even the colour of eyes when something of import must be addressed where all 'women' are 'girls' and attracted to our musician narrator no matter where or when because he can play chopin?so here you have double the infodump fun the radical theorist physics man to explain whatever physics can and then the musician who can talk about the travails of musical composition and performance music that i do not know in fact or prospect that might be significant to someone who is both physicist and musician by which point i was imagining this must be a satire rather than just plodding realistic ordinary poetics for the realities of the worlds explored but why do i distrust infodumps? do i really think an exciting emotional propulsive plot would speed this up? who cares about the cardboard in the foreground and background just chase after that rogue infodump I am tempted to make a sarcastic remark or two based on this book's dreadful title but when you come down to it it doesn't seem fair Let's just say that the title isn't necessarily the worst part and leave it at that Luckily for him Hoyle never uit the day job Good call Sir Fred I read this back in the 1980s As usual this is not a particularly well written science fiction novel Still the set up like that of Farmer's Riverworld appears original enough to merit attention I'm surprised that this idea of juxtaposing different times on the earth's surface hasn't spawned a series or hosts of imitators as it is so pregnant with possibility Blah Boring as snot And oddly is about music not timespace Chapter 12 is interesting Chapter 14 is dismal and despairing Everything else is as bad as the reviews say Much interesting than I expected Fred Hoyle was a great astronomer who wrote popular science books and science fiction on the side The popular science books were very good The science fiction is notScience fiction is supposed to be fiction That means not only that it is not true a story but that it has characters that seem real grab your interest and act in ways that you identify with They have lives you care about and face human problemsNot here The characters are wooden They mostly don't have dialogue they make speeches The two main characters a musician Dick and a physicist John are nearly perfect automatons They do important things They meet the prime minister because they are so important Women are girls who exist as window dressing when they are mentioned at allOK so the strength of the book will be its creative plot and intriguing science right? Well sort of The basic idea that different epochs of history exist on earth at the same time is certainly creative and has potential In England it's 1966 In Hawaii it a few weeks behind In Europe it is 1917 In North America it is around the year 1800 In Greece it is 450 BCHow can this be? It is never really explained Strange rays or emanations came from the sun and effected it But how? Why? Is some sort of higher power behind it? Never explainedEarly on the two main characters are hiking in Scotland This part is actually pretty well written One strangely disappears for a day He comes back different somehow Why? Never explainedIt seems that most of the book is taken up with the musical explanations lectures by the main character I guess this is a new genre music fiction MusFiThe best part of the book is when an expedition sets out from present day 1966 England to make contact with Periclean Athens of 450 BC That was well done I liked the temple priestess and the musical contest Interactions with the people of ancient Greece made senseBut then magically we are transferred to the Mexican highlands 7000 years in the future It turns out that's where the priestess is really from Oh SureThere is a lot of pontificating about the future of the human race a sort of future history discussion That is a theme used very well by Asimov not so well here A better writer would have gotten his points across by the actions of the characters and the plot development not by a long series of speechesAnother reviewer wrote it the story makes as much sense in 2018 as it did in 1966 Yup That I agree with Thots while readingKind of funny conundrum that is presented on page 90 When most people talk about 'time travel' they talk about a man meeting his grandfather kind of situation In this book a man instead meets his mother The son is from the 1960s and the mom is from 1917 and pregnant; so the son gets to meet his mom while he is a baby in his mother's womb An amusing twist of the normal events as it wereThe story strongly reminds me of Eric Flint's 1632 series and the one off Time Spike series in which portions of one time are broken off and blended with other time periods Time Spike features blended periods than the 1632 series but both still remind me of this book I wonder if Eric Flint got his idea from Hoyle's bookSoon I was to realize that to be able to speak clearly with persuasion and reason was euivalent to power in this city 90 Not sure why but this struck me as an interesting statement and having a lot truth to it than people may or may not realizeJoseph's Coat 124 nice reference to Joseph's coat of many colors in the Bible This was an enjoyable book that I found myself liking than I thought I might while reading it A relatively 'fast' read for me I still had no problems putting it down when it was time to work or do chores around the house It was an interesting mix of time travel alternate realities the blending of time periods and discussing what constitutes a 'copied person' versus an 'original person' at the end The ending was not uite 'bitter sweet' despite having a blend of both the bitter and the sweet I would probably not rate it uite as high as three stars but maybe 28 to 29 so rounded up it would be three stars It would definitely be at least 25 stars if not higherThe discussion about what constitutes a copy versus the 'original' version of a person and realities forking off at 'decision' points to create alternate version of life was fascinating and it reminded me of the What if? stories written by Marvel Comics back in the 1970s and 1980s I thought it was sad how it endedview spoiler what with the other timelines disappearing into oblivion after Richard and John made their choices on where they would end up It seemed to me that the 'alternate' branching timelines should have been able to remain in existence regardless of the choices either men made I realize the different timelines could still actually remain; it might be correct to say that the individuals inhabiting the 'forked time streams' are no longer aware of other alternate branches co existing at the same time hide spoiler Richard a moderately successful composer and his old university pal John Sinclair a physicist go for a camping holiday in the Scottish Highlands during which John inexplicably vanishes for thirteen hours returning both mystified and very subtly altered He has to cut the vacation short because called back to London a space experiment is returning anomalous results alarmingly anomalous in fact The two men fly out to California and thence to Hawaii; while they're in Hawaii suddenly communications with the mainland go dead As they and their American friends mount expeditions to explore what's going on in the rest of the world it's Sinclair who first pulls everything together Some entity never identified beyond a deduction on p198 that it's some form of higher consciousness as ineffably far above us as we are above a nest of ants and for reasons unknown has made of the inner Solar System a sort of gigantic time machine and the earth passing through its temporal beam has been differentially jolted into different eras of the past and future while the UK and Hawaii and presumably other regions are still in 1966 Western Europe is still or once being ravaged by the Great War and Greece is enjoying the glories and privations of 425BC Most alarmingly Russia and much of Asia are covered by a hard impossibly smooth vitreous plain which Sinclair deduces is an indication that they've been cast into the very far future where the heat of a swollen sun has boiled away the atmosphere and melted and fused the earth's surface Here Hoyle's imagination runs into consistency problems our heroes visit these regions and notice neither a redly bloated sun in the sky nor a lack of atmosphere Perhaps the notion is that the air from elsewhere around the globe has rushed in to fill the vacuum but this would lead us immediately to start considering other problematic leakages between the earth's different coexisting temporal zonesRichard is much drawn to Periclean Greece and joins a small expedition that ventures there to live among the Athenian people The expedition is concerned not to inflict too severe a culture shock upon the Greeks and thus introduce themselves there as strangers from afar and abjure most of the trappings of modern civilization although Richard does take with him his piano Because of the situation the novel portrays there aren't any of the considerations to be taken into account concerning the alteration of the past; the visitors thus strive to put an end to the Athenians' war with Sparta a war which they know will if left unchecked bring both cities to their knees and leave the civilization of ancient Greece ripe for barbarian conuest They succeed in this through help given from an unexpected source the Delphic OracleRichard accepts a challenge from a beautiful priestess of Apollo a musical contest between himself and her god A huge audience gathers to watch Richard perform on his piano; the god discreetly performs out of sight As they trade party pieces it becomes evident to Richard that Apollo or whoever is invisibly playing has created music uite unlike anything he's heard before and certainly far sophisticated than the offerings he's encountered so far during his Greek sojourn At the end of the contest he and the priestess agree that the only fair outcome is to declare the contest a draw They celebrate this judgment in a manner not usually associated with the Supreme Court at least we assume not and then Richard falls into a deep and dreamless sleep to awaken in the distant future Sinclair has been brought here too and explains that as he'd expected at least one of the far future societies brought by the time machine into coexistence with 1966 Britain has been concealing its presence from the rest of the mixed era planet Richard's priestess Melea was in fact an explorer from the future who'd come to investigate his anachronistic presence in 425BC Greece; her pal Neria was meanwhile subverting the Delphic Oracle into a fit of pacifism Melea introduces Richard to various far future technological wonders such as CDs that are conveniently only the size of dustbin lids More somberly the 20th century visitors are shown a sort of movie of the history of the human species between their own time and the sparsely populated distant future of Melea and Neria They learn that not once but countless times over the past millions of years humanity has allowed itself to expand uncontrollably until a moment of precipitate and horrific collapse with inordinate suffering; in the wake of each catastrophe the small surviving relic has promised itself that this time they will learn from the past and it will be different and yet of course The uestion Melea and her society want the two Englishmen to answer is in effect Is it worth it? Of course there isn't a real answer to thatThe tale is told in the same sort of Buchanesue mode that Hoyle adopted for Ossian's Ride; the contrast between the bluffness of style and Richard's supposed sensitivity as a musician works surprisingly well and it adapts well too to the occasional didactic passage These latter are always welcome components of Hoyle's novels; here he gives us a few pages pp75 7 of happy speculations about the nature of time and consciousness One oddity is that the events of the first few pages seemed to me wildly reminiscent albeit it in a different order of parts of Ian McEwan's 1998 novel Amsterdam; I wonder if McEwan read October the First is Too Late decades ago as I did and like me forgot most of the incidental content only for it to come bubbling up from his subconscious when he was writing Amsterdam? There's uite obviously no uestion of plagiarism deliberate or unconscious; it's just an oddly similar pair of juxtapositions of events It's certainly pleasing to think that something of Sir Fred's hobby might still be swimming in literature's river I read this book shortly after it was published in 1966 when I would have been a junior or senior in high school I have reread it several times since it has really stuck with me There are many things I love about this book the serious according to the author theory of time it contains not being the least To be clear there are many things in this book with which I do not agree including this theory of time which while I did not agree with it opened my mind to alternative ways of thinking about time an activity which became an important part of my life Besides its theory of time a few of the other things I loved about this book is its relatively slow pace and lovely sad mood and its interesting descriptions of male female relationships admittedly from a male perspective I feel like this book has aged well that it makes as much sense in 2018 as it did in 1966 There is a lot to like here I recommend this book

October the First Is Too Late Epub ã October the
  • Paperback
  • 281 pages
  • October the First Is Too Late
  • Fred Hoyle
  • English
  • 07 July 2016
  • 9780671559434