From The Back Cover The Ruins Were Getting Younger They Were Thought To Be The Ruins Of An Invading Force Of Space Monsters That Men Had Defeatedduring The Dark Ages Centuries Before Butthe Ruins Were Visibly Getting Newer Rebuilding ThemselvesThe Militarists Who Had Reconstructed Society After The Supposed Invasion Were Getting Panicky Until They Found A Complete Invader Vehicle And Learned It Travelled Through Time But What Was Time What Was Now Could There Be Than One Time Front One Going Forward, One In Reverse And What Would Happen When Two Such Fronts Met In The Inevitable COLLISION COURSE I was looking over a list of Seiun Award winners that s the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards when I noticed something odd on the list of best translated novels 1970 The Crystal World by J G Ballard1971 The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton1972 Nightwings by Robert Silverberg1973 The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.1974 Dune by Frank Herbert1975 Up the Line by Robert Silverberg1976 And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny1977 The Dragon Masters by Jack Vance1978 I Will Fear No Evil by Robert A Heinlein1979 Ringworld by Larry Niven1980 Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke1981 Inherit the Stars by James P Hogan1982 The Genesis Machine by James P Hogan1983 Dragon s Egg by Robert L Forward1984 The Garments of Caean by Barrington J Bayley1985 The Zen Gun by Barrington J Bayley1986 Elric saga by Michael Moorcock1987 Neuromancer by William Gibson1988 Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith1989 Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle1990 Collision with Chronos by Barrington J Bayley1991 The Uplift War by David Brin1992 The McAndrew Chronicles by Charles Sheffield1993 Tau Zero by Poul Anderson1994 Entoverse by James P Hogan1996 The Fall of Hyperion by Dan SimmonsTimelike Infinity by Stephen Baxter1997 End of an Era by Robert J Sawyer1998 Fallen Angels by Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle1999 The Time Ships by Stephen BaxterRed Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson2000 Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick2001 Frameshift by Robert J Sawyer2002 There and Back Again by Pat Murphy2003 Illegal Alien by Robert J Sawyer2004 Heaven s Reach by David Brin2005 Distress by Greg Egan2006 Diaspora by Greg Egan2007 Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve2008 Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.2009 Spin by Robert Charles Wilson2010 The Last Colony by John Scalzi2011 Eifelheim by Michael Flynn2012 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi2013 The Android s Dream by John Scalzi2014 Blindsight by Peter WattsOkay, that s a pretty good list of the major figures of sci fi, leaning a bit towards hard SF than the Hugo Awards do and being light on female authors but, who the hell is this Barrington J Bayley guy I mean, the Japanese must really love him They ve given him awards than anyone but Robert J Sawyer.Well, Wikipedia to the rescue Turns out he was a new wave author who influenced Bruce Sterling and Alastair Reynolds Huh, I love those guys Better check Bayley out.Luckily his works are available in reasonably priced ebooks.And yes, I can definitely see the influence on Reynolds The opening scene in Revelation Space is remarkably similar to a scene early in this book, and the climactic battle is very much in Reynold s style, with all the fighting taking place off screen while the characters deal with the intellectual issue at the heart of the story.Too bad it all gets wrapped up with a deus ex machina.I can also see why the Japanese like this It has a lot in common with sci fi anime villains who, despite being monstrously evil, are still presented as acting within their own moral framework think of the House of Zabi from Mobile Suit Gundam , and the deus ex machina is one of those philosophical conversations that take place in a vaguely defined and surrealistic floaty place the end of Madoka, the end of Penguindrum, the end of Mospeada, the end of Akira, etc., etc Collision with Chronos is probably the most novel time travel book I ve read which immediately makes it at least a little bit special in the nicest possible way At the beginning of the book he credits the model of time described in the book to J W Dunne and his books An Experiment with Time and The Serial Universe However, don t panic, you don t need to read these books, Bayley does a perfectly good job of explaining the ideas himself What is interesting though is how this model effectively removes the ability to manipulate events in the past and so removes most of the paradox problems But it also introduces various other aspects all of which contribute to an intriguing story.The future Earth is ruled by an extremely authoritarian and even extremely racist government whose authority is enforced by an elite cadre of Titanium Legions who ruthlessly subjugate subspecies of humans, also referred to as deviants or devs , isolating them in reservations to preserve the pure blood of True Man Heshke, an archaeologist, whilst investigating alien ruins on a future Earth, discovers anomalies in the manner of their decaying and, after informing the authorities, he is whisked away to assist in the investigation of an alien artefact that seems to indicate these aliens are returning to invade Earth again But maybe things are not so simple and maybe again is not quite the right word to use.Though I m sure the dystopian society is an intentional criticism of racism, those aspects of the book that focused on it, and that is a large proportion of the book, were, frankly, not pleasant reading and it made my read of what is a pretty short book by modern standards rather a slog at times This isn t really a criticism as racism is never going to be a pleasant subject to read about but that does not make it a subject that should not be addressed in books The one criticism I would raise on this subject is that Bayley s handling of it was a little too simplistic too black and white.I also had some other prosaic problems with Collision with Chronos the characters were pretty two dimensional and women might as well not have existed they hardly appear in the book at all and, when they do, they hold almost no importance beyond a symbolic one Okay, it was published in 1973 and attitudes have changed and at least they aren t presented as nothing than sex objects but to effectively ignore them completely seemed a little strange On the other hand Bayley s world building is superb and the story he builds within this strange universe is both clever and engaging and certainly gave me a view of time that I had never considered before.On aggregate Collision with Chronos is a very good book but a little heavy handed and somewhat dated Still well worth a read though and I shall probably try his book The Fall of Chronopolis which seems to be held in higher regard. This book has a couple of interesting SF ideas, but they never really go anywhere The characters are bland and forgettable The factions are, without exception, impossible to root for They re either hateful and violent titans and the reverse time aliens or passive and dumb the dev and the chinese in space Of course there s also the entity, whatever it was called, which just acted as a deus ex machina and conveniently solved the unsolvable problem and provided the poor little dev, who couldn t be bothered to even try to help themselves, with a happy end.Meh I m not even sure what the underlying message was supposed to be Racism is bad maybe Or fighting back against evil is futile Imagine an Earth ruled by a Fascist regime whose primary goal is racial purity Now it finds itself being invaded from the other side of the time stream That s the premise of Barrington Bayley s novel Collision Course. La fine del tempo sulla terra Rotta di collisione , del recentemente scomparso Barrington J Bayley 1937 2008 , uno dei vecchi romanzi della serie Cosmo 1978, v.o 1973 che mi strizzavano l occhio dalle bancarelle in fiera durante il Salone del Libro Usato di Milano dello scorso dicembre.Ancora una volta, a farla da padrone in questa storia il Tempo Continua a leggere qui Barrington Bayley packs into under two hundred pages than most authors come up with in a lifetime The plot is barely functional and the characters are there just because it s hard to sell a novel unless it has some characters, but the imagination on display is breathtaking. Bayley always has interesting ideas They rarely conform to the accepted tropes of science fiction, which makes them fun to read His craftsmanship characters, plot, style is good but not outstanding. I like Bayley for his whacky plots and absurd mash ups Read Zen Gun if you ever want a space opera mini epic that plunges into some weird territory while keeping things fresh and fun.If you like what you read, consider picking up this book towards the end of Bayley s repertoire The ideas here are interesting view spoiler suppose that time does not move in a single direction further suppose that there are two civilizations on Earth that occupy time dimensions that are headed towards an inevitable collision hide spoiler More sheer nutsiness from Bayley He cracks me up.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaPen names Alan Aumbry, Michael Barrington with Michael Moorcock , John Diamond, P.F Woods.Bayley was born in Birmingham and educated in Newport, Shropshire He worked in a number of jobs before joining the Royal Air Force in 1955 his first published story, Combat s End , had seen print the year before in Vargo Statten Magazine.In the 1960s, Bayley s short s
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