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View Poll Results: Rate DTI: Watching The Clock
Outstanding 92 58.60%
Above Average 43 27.39%
Average 13 8.28%
Below Average 3 1.91%
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Old May 23 2011, 01:07 PM   #196
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^Thanks!
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Old May 24 2011, 10:28 AM   #197
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I never wrote anything here before, reading the posts was enough till now.
But now I have just read DTI and ... wow !
I have to say it, this book is above outstanding, it is even above Star Trek.
The way scientific concepts are handled by Christopher reminds me the way Pohl or Asimov handled them: it gives access to complicated scientific views without losing the reader or giving a boring lecture.
And the story is very good and manages to unite all the temporal loose ends that can be found in Star Trek.
Simply put, for me, it is a masterpiece.
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Old May 24 2011, 01:22 PM   #198
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^Wow, thanks to you too!
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Old May 24 2011, 02:47 PM   #199
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I haven't read this book. Though I've liked Bennett's books, I'm not a fan of time travel or alternate universe stories; they usually leave me frustrated as I'm as much a believer in time travel as the Vulcan Science Academy. So should I read WTC?
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Old May 24 2011, 03:15 PM   #200
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I haven't read this book. Though I've liked Bennett's books, I'm not a fan of time travel or alternate universe stories; they usually leave me frustrated as I'm as much a believer in time travel as the Vulcan Science Academy. So should I read WTC?
As I've said before, I'm not much of a time travel fan myself. My goal in writing this book was both to get away from the cliches and conventions of the genre and to make sense of them in the most scientifically plausible way I could. Basically I wanted to do a time travel story for people who don't like time travel stories.
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Old May 24 2011, 05:06 PM   #201
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So I am the type of reader/fan this book should especially appeal to?
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Old May 24 2011, 05:12 PM   #202
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^Well, there's only one way to find that out.
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Old May 24 2011, 05:24 PM   #203
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So I am the type of reader/fan this book should especially appeal to?
If the reason for your dislike of time-travel stories is the idea that going back in time allows you to fix anything and have an infinite number of do-overs, then the book will definitely appeal to you.

The main characters - the people working for the Department of Temporal Investigation - do not travel through time themselves, they reject that notion. Their job is to anticipate and prevent the mess others create by thinking they can fix anything by tampering with the timeline, when doing that really causes nothing but ripples... on top of consequences... on top of trouble.
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Old May 24 2011, 06:08 PM   #204
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That pretty much pegged me. My biggest problem with many time travel stories is the protagonists are left without consequences or memory. Since there are infinite universes, you can do no wrong, merely create a new universe. Also, like with the butterfly effect, it seems no matter what you do when you go back in time, you'll cause changes.

I'll check it out. Christopher's winky face is challenging me to find the answers.
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Old May 25 2011, 10:00 PM   #205
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That pretty much pegged me. My biggest problem with many time travel stories is the protagonists are left without consequences or memory. Since there are infinite universes, you can do no wrong, merely create a new universe. Also, like with the butterfly effect, it seems no matter what you do when you go back in time, you'll cause changes.

I'll check it out. Christopher's winky face is challenging me to find the answers.

And your friend has been on you for weeks to read it.

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Old May 25 2011, 10:04 PM   #206
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Christopher, I thoroughly enjoyed your novel - all though I must admit I skimmed over some of the technical stuff. I also appreciated how you set up for the future. Pardon me if you have been asked this before - but are you planning on setting up a series for the DTI?
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Old May 25 2011, 10:23 PM   #207
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Pardon me if you have been asked this before - but are you planning on setting up a series for the DTI?
Planning? No. I actually expected this to be a one-shot, so I crammed in everything I could, tried to make it sort of a series unto itself. I was, however, open to the possibility of continuations. And as it happens, my editor invited me to do a TOS/DTI novel for 2012 -- it's called Forgotten History and will involve the origins of the DTI.
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Old May 26 2011, 02:02 AM   #208
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Well, I like the concept alot and hope to see more.
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Old May 26 2011, 02:21 AM   #209
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Another question:

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Old May 26 2011, 03:14 AM   #210
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