Time ....for a review!
This Book is From the Future by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman is a total delight.
Sub-titled “A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Worm Holes, and Other Adventures in Time Travel” the book is a virtual compendium of all the theories and stories about time and its vicissitudes.
Ms. Jones and Mr. Flaxman know their stuff.
The concepts they present are difficult to comprehend, even for those of us who have studied the hypothetical ruminations about “time” but Jones and Flaxman seem to understand those difficult ruminations and present clarification for those of us with limited faculties for understanding the ins and outs of time.
The 224 page book contains references that are obscure, esoteric, and, of course, well-known (such as Einstein’s theories about the relativity of time).
Time travel is the foundation of the book however. Going back or forward in time is the essential topic of the book.
The references about time are used to get at the idea(s) of time travel.
Quantum theory, multi-verses, string theory, parallel universes, ghosts, UFOs, and everything else that are impacted by time – which is everything it seems – are covered thoroughly by the authors, and provided in a way that readers can understand and appreciate…something most tomes about time fail to do.
I’m a time junkie and have dozens of books about the topic, but this book was, for me, a pleasure to read and I enjoyed its down-to-earth information and lack of authoritative hubris: the authors speak to their readers, not ivory tower residents. They cater to commonsense and clarity.
I’ve read no book – none – with so many references and insights pertinent to the subject matter.
The sources exploited by the authors are fecund. One will find leads to many, many writings and media generally (movies, television series, et al.): scientific, fictional, bizarre, and cutting edge.
Even Roswell is mentioned (Page 151 ff.); Nick Redfern and our own Anthony Bragalia are cited along with other current, relevant authors whose works are tinged by time and its mysterious aspects. (Even Lady Gaga gets a mention.)
But authors from long, long ago aren’t shirked, nor are those whose ideas have been shunted aside by the wash of time and tide of newer concepts: everything and everyone is touted.
Even the gone-viral clip from a Charlie Chaplin film of 1928 allegedly showing a woman using a cell phone, way back them, is noted (Page 132).
But its “time” and its weird, not-fully-understood affect upon us that get the completely thorough once-over.
No stone about time is left untouched, as far as I can tell. It’s all here, in this truly interesting and cogent book.
I loved reading it and having it as a rather complete reference book.
The book is published New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ.
The book sells for $15.99 and can be found at bookstores online and off: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s among them.
http://www.newpagebooks.com or http://careerpress.com