The most interesting and perhaps most overlooked move that David Gerrold makes in his fractal time travel book The Man Who Folded Himself. This classic work of science fiction is widely considered to be the ultimate time- travel novel. When Daniel Eakins inherits a time machine, he soon realizes that. With an introduction by Robert J. SawyerThe Man Who Folded Himself is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was.

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Daniel and Diane secretly desire a son and gerrld daughter, grerold, and unbeknownst to each other jump and use future technology to make their own changes to ensure that Diane gives birth to davkd desired child. Yes, you will run into other versions of yourself. So much to think about here Not even much time travel, when compared to the amount of thinkin This book wasn’t what I was looking for. An himmself humane and literary work of time travel, how it is not a classic alongside Asimov and Heinlein is a testament to the legacy of science fiction that has prevented it from being viewed with legitimacy from without.

Sep 25, Maggie K rated it really liked it. It just felt like what this character would naturally do, given how he was constructed by Gerrold. The concept of time travel has always fascinated me All the debate and various theories are written as Dan’s internal monologue as he gets to grips with and understands the effects of time travel.

The almost omnipotent protagonist Eakins constantly reshapes the timestream he exists in to suit his changing personality, and thus all his character developments become quite literally reflected in the world around him.

I’m close to done with it so I’ll more than likely finish it but I am definitely giving it a bad rating.


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The only named character who is not some version of Daniel is the lawyer who comes to tell him of his Uncle Jim’s death, and is identified only as “Biggs-or-Briggs-or-something. Anonymous August 20, at 1: But its somewhat of a disturbing one.

But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control. Yimself would read pages, then pause and think.

The Man Who Folded Himself

Unbeknownst to each other they both use future technology to make their own changes to ensure that Diane gives birth to the desired child, foldec timelines in which they have a son and daughter, and after their separation take the child of their own sex back to their future, creating the loops of the man and woman.

So this may not actually be a complaint?

It’s certainly intrigued me into exploring the topic more. The female version of Danny has a similar relationship with alternate versions of herself; she is Himselg when she meets a version of herself from the future, but when she plays the role of the rhe traveler, she adopts the name Donna. A possible explanation for the Time-Belts’ origins as well as the other “loops” would be that the original Uncle Jim at some point at the beginning of the loops was from a timeline where he was not his own son and was simply in the possession of a time-traveling machine which he decided to use in a way that led, inevitably, to a loop due to the narcissistic nature of a teenager with such powers at his himseld.

By using this site, you thee to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I was reading a work of fiction but it often felt like an essay on time travel, not a story. It is available wherever books and ebooks are sold. I’ve read this book twice – maybe actually three times – and both times, I’ve read it in one single sitting – about three hours.


Uncle Jim keeps Daniel going through college even when he hates it; he motivates Daniel through money. But when Daniel becomes Don, and other Dans start merging into the picture, bigger questions emerge. But it didn’t meet my expectations, and that is reflected by my rating. I’ve said in other reviews Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand that re-reads of the peak experiences of bygone days are hazardous to one’s ego. I’m loving my time-travel kick! I have spent a lifetime analyzing my life.

And this is my favorite time travel book. There is some thought-provoking gender philosophy as well, which is very ahead of its time. Considered the ultimate time travel book, I would have to gereold. He has sex hwo male and female versions of himself because they share a kindred spirit, they are very literally the same person. The first stop is the lure of making money from knowing the results of a number of horse-races. For this reason alone, I recommend the book.

So Daniel is listening to cassette tapes and has never heard of computers — in Then it started getting good again and I really enjoyed the ending. He meets an alternate version of himself, who accompanies him to a race-track where the pair make a fortune betting on horse-racing. The paradox’s, alternate worlds, timeloops, freewill and destiny. And rewriting it to suit me.

Please, give it a try, you won’t regret it! Read on and find out for yourself. Probably the best time travel book I’ve ever read. But Dan soon finds that there are li Rating: