October the First Is Too Late

October the First Is Too Late Professor Hoyle s time travel science fiction adventure is a modern relative of The Time Machine by H G Wells Solar beams plays havoc with terrestrial time England is in the s but WWI is still rag
  • Title: October the First Is Too Late
  • Author: Fred Hoyle
  • ISBN: 9780671559434
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • October the First Is Too Late
    Professor Hoyle s time travel science fiction adventure is a modern relative of The Time Machine by H.G Wells.Solar beams plays havoc with terrestrial time England is in the 60 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 glassProfessor Hoyle s time travel science fiction adventure is a modern relative of The Time Machine by H.G Wells.Solar beams plays havoc with terrestrial time England is in the 60 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 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.
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  • Fred Hoyle

    Professor Sir Fred Hoyle was one of the most distinguished, creative, and controversial scientists of the twentieth century He was a Fellow of St John s College 1939 1972, Honorary Fellow 1973 2001 , was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1957, held the Plumian Chair of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy 1958 1972 , established the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy in Cambridge now part of the Institute of Astronomy , and in 1972 received a knighthood for his services to astronomy Hoyle was a keen mountain climber, an avid player of chess, a science fiction writer, a populariser of science, and the man who coined the phrase The Big Bang.


  • 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 quit the day job Good call, Sir Fred.

  • 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 time space Chapter 12 is interesting Chapter 14 is dismal and despairing Everything else is as bad as the reviews say.

  • Thots while reading Kind 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 were.The story strongly reminds me of Eric Flint s 1632 series and the one off Time Spike serie [...]

  • 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 communicat [...]

  • Excellent stuff, extending the ideas about time and consciousness mentioned in Fifth Planet and with an equally strange universe of twisting and merging timelines There is a pessimistic view of how political and economic trends of the 60s will play out in the future, and post imperial Britons are still fretting about finding a world role However a big change from earlier work is that the narrator is now a musician and he shapes his story thematically, even though there is a still a science chap [...]

  • Another gem from an era when big science literally meant big science, computers that filled rooms if not buildings big iron being an example The review mentioned consciousness as a theme I d disagree It s about how humans deal with change as I read it when complete environmental and psychological change can be experienced in a day s travel.

  • Enjoyable and quick read from a very distinguished if somewhat very controversial astronomer A bit stilted at times in the writing, and certainly in the characters, but considering when it was written 1966 very much up to date with physics A classic of the what if sf school of thought that was very popular back then.

  • More fun as a time machine to 1966 fiction than as a satisfying novel in itself the premise ought to have been fascinating, but instead the most enjoyable parts of the book were the long discussions of the protagonist s work as a composer.

  • I bought this book on a whim at a used book store It has been many years since I read any Hoyle His style is a bit stilted and his characters come off as very much in their heads, but the books of Hoyle are about ideas and he excels He is excellent at creating interesting scenarios, sometimes helped by his background as an astrophysicist He was also a learned man and his intermixing of music and music composition with the story also adds to the interest This is a somewhat odd story set in his pr [...]

  • This 1970 Fawcett paperback holds a special place in my heart I have read it several times and I am in awe of its intelligent composition, suspenseful plot, and riveting conclusion Hoyle begins this jewel of a book with a note To the Reader where he states The science in this book is mostly scaffolding for the story, story telling in the traditional sense However, the discussions of the significance of time and of the meaning of consciousness are intended to be quite serious, as also are the con [...]

  • Time is an illusion, launchtime doubly so.This is a classic sci fi novel written in 1966 by the famous astronomer Fred Hoyle Such books are an occasional digression from my usual literary type books.Ok the basics in Aug 1966 scientists have a problem with a rocket turning off course it turns out the sun s IR light is being modulated to transmit information The narrator musician along with his friend John trek in the lake district and John gets lost for 8 hours he returns with a missing birthmark [...]

  • Goodnessis book has not aged well at all Hoyle s view of the nature of time and the progressive change of the consciousness of mankind is difficult to fully accept as presented here It s an excellent idea but it is not executed well I read it several years ago and even then it seemed the novel s ideas were not fleshed out in believable terms I did like very much in fact certain parts of the future he imagined but it was completely improbable how the author reasoned mankind progressed to that fut [...]

  • This old 1966 book came up in talks at LosCon last year, and I remembered it as something that I read when it came out and couldn t make any sense of at all, which means I was too young 14 when I read it So I decided to try it again when I ran across a copy one showed up at the FOPAL sale for 1 Definitely worth reading, and no trouble understanding it this time though I didn t quite get the copies vs originals bit at the end However, I find I don t remember anything at all about the book, so I m [...]

  • I read this novel so long ago, most likely while I was in High School, not studying the boring stuff the teachers wanted me to, but reading what I wanted it made me the man I am today I don t believe Hoyle was a great SF author maybe a good editor would have helped , but he was always entertaining I only recall scenes from the novel The pianist, the jumble of historical eras, references to WW1, and the debates I would like to re read, if I can find a copy.I would recommend this book to those int [...]

  • 5 10Somewhat dated written in 1966 but that is not the main problem I have with this book It s short, as many SF books were at that time, but it s short at the expense of understanding I can see that the driving force of the story is to lead us to the decisions that Richard the narrator and John Sinclair ultimately have to make, but in the drive to get us there, so much is left unexplained and unexplored I feel like this was but a chapter in a much larger story.As a sidelight, I liked the music [...]

  • nhwvejournal 702033ml return return One of the famous astronomer s sf novels, a very short book 170 pages featuring a contemporary 1966 world where suddenly large chunks of the Earth are sent back to different times western and central Europe to 1917, the Balkans to classical times, other parts to who knows where Our narrator is a musician, his friend a brilliant mathematician Hoyle works in a lot of his own personal obsessions mountains, classical music.

  • It s not that John, the mathematician and our narrator, Richard the pianist travel through time so much as that the world suddenly appears to be inhabiting different eras Hawaii and Britain are in 1966, but other parts appear to be primitive, historical, and what happened to the smooth glass that covers Asia Fred Hoyle explores the nature of time and the fate of mankind.An old SFBC edition with the edges of the cover lacy with mouse bites.

  • Classic SF with big ideasThis wasn t the book I expected It started slow and kept piling on the surprises The ideas are the strongest aspect, with weaker plot and characters I could see the ideas and broad strokes as the skeleton of a trilogy in alternate history, but this was not that story.

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