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The Man Who Folded Himself [Hardcover]

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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 he has enormous power to shape the course of history. He can foil terrorists, prevent assassinations, or just make some fast money at the racetrack. And if he doesn't like the results of the change, he can simply go back in time and talk himself out of making it! But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control.

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100067  
ISBN13  9781932100068  

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More About David Gerrold

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Gerrold is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of dozens of books for both adults and young adults. He began his career as the precocious author of the teleplay "The Trouble with Tribbles," broadcast on the original "Star Trek" series and voted the series's most popular episode of all time.
David lives with his son in Northridge, California. And while he admits he no longer believes his son truly is a Martian, in exasperating father-son moments - of which there are many - David believes he still acts like one.

David Gerrold currently resides in San Fernando, in the state of California. David Gerrold was born in 1944.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States
2Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Authors, A-Z > ( G ) > Gerrold, David
3Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Authors, A-Z > ( S ) > Sawyer, Robert J.
4Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Adventure
5Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > General

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Spectactular  Feb 11, 2008

The man who folded himself starts off like any wishy-washy old school science fiction novel meticulously explaining itself but as it unfolds it becomes a marvelous tapestry of a story. Very sick, very sexual, very unafraid of it's own consequences I think the book does a very good job of hashing out a very plausible time travel scenario and a compellingly tragic story to boot.
A Book For All Time  Sep 17, 2007
The Man Who Folded Himself is a good book. It's not your standard time-traveling tale. Don't expect Marty-and-Doc-like adventures in the Old West or zooming back to the time when your parents were dating. Don't expect the hero to be chased by allosaurs or Huns or anything like that. This is a tale that focuses on the psychological effects and philosophical questions caused by time-travel (don't let that intimidate you). It's thus a good read: original and thoughtful, and avoids all of the clichés and pitfalls of the genre. Have an open mind and you'll have fun.
The Man Who Folded ... and Adored ... Himself  Sep 2, 2007
Danny inherits a special belt from his Uncle. This magical belt allows him to travel through time. The result: many various creations of himself, each traveling through a different facet of time. This presents him with an unusual proposition, to meet and love 'himselves' in a very personal manner. What an awesome idea for a plot! Sadly, the momentum of the story was lost. The original impetus was neglected and replaced by self-adoration. The plot had been sacrificed for some other goal, promotion of self-absorption and narcissism. I found this book to be very disappointing.
Time's Lonely Arrow  Jul 18, 2007
In Gerrold's The Man Who Folded Himself, 19 year old Dan Eakins is given an unusual gift by his Uncle Jim just before he dies...the gift is a belt that allows the user to travel backwards and forwards through time at a whim. What does Dan do with such a remarkable gift? (What would any of us do?) Dan travels into the past and wins big at the track. But Dan is not alone. Dan finds another version of himself...also a time-traveler, to share his temporal exploits...and, over "time", Dan discovers many versions of himself, all time-travelers; and all find themselves in the same predicament Dan finds himself in: How exactly does one find meaning with one's life -- where does one look? -- when the only person that will ever truly understand you, is you?

I didn't really know what I was expecting coming into this book. It is quite short and I wasn't sure how Gerrold was going to fit a full story into the minimum number of pages. However, Gerrold did a good job, despite its length, the story felt complete.

As a time travel story, Gerrold makes a number of predictions about the future. Since this book was first published in 1973, we have had time to see how some of Gerrold's predictions have turned out, and in several cases, Gerrold was quite accurate.

But ultimately, this story is not about whether or not this prediction or that one has come true. This story is not even really about time travel. Gerrold effectively uses time travel as a device to make a statement about the human condition. No matter who we are or where we hail from, no matter our upbringing, people need other people to...for lack of a better way of putting it...make us not feel lonely. This is what Gerrold times, in ways that are not so subtle.

The only book I have ever read that has made me feel this way after turning the last page was Ken Grimwood's Replay. Both stories use time travel as a device to make it plain that not only do we need other people like us to keep us sane, but those people are out there, and they are often found in the most unusual of circumstances.

Overall, despite Gerrold's brevity with the written word, I certainly recommend this tale to anyone who is interested in a story of time travel that is done in a most thoughtful manner.
Straight shot...(perhaps spoilers)  Jan 27, 2007
The book is more of a philosophical treatise than a science fiction story. If you read the story as the story of a guy who comes unglued because his life is no longer linear, then it may have more meaning than a ripping sci-fi yarn, which it isn't. The story is the effect of being disengaged from a linear reality (which is pretty much an operant definition of insanity), not a Star Wars adventure. There's no baddies being done in by the goodies, no space monsters dripping venom, just a guy coming undone and pulling it back together as best he can.

It may have more resonance as you get older, and you struggle with the decline of your dreams, yet still sketching and idealizing some future, handle bouts of nostalgic melancholy and dream about resurrecting the past in the present, only to be reminded it is really gone. If you don't have a good grasp on the present and are willing to make the best of what you're in, you're going to go a little off your rocker too.

Perhaps a reach, but accepting that life tumbles slowly and linearly into the future is really all we have, and what we're designed for. In a sense this story is a caution against wishing anything else.

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