Book: The Age of Eisenberg by Andrew Bellamycategories: Book, Science Fiction, Realistic, Future, Fantasy, Young Adult, Time Travel
Andrew Bellamyabout this book: "The Age of Eisenberg" is a science fiction tale that spans two centuries and looks at the affects that a singular time-travel event has on an entire nation.
Most stories with a time travel theme are cut and dry - A person goes back in time, they mess everything up (or, as of late, they fall in love,) and then they bounce back and forth. Time travel is an interesting concept and makes for a good story but what about the affects that time travel would have on us as a culture?
It seems as though every other way of looking at time travel has been done. From "The Butterfly Effect" and "12 Monkeys" to "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "Outlander," most every configuration of time-traveling mishaps have been documented. What isn't often observed is the reaction after seeing and hearing about a time travel event. In the case of "The Age of Eisenberg," it becomes a common fact that a man perishes in a time travel incident to the year 2047. More specifically, it is known that his name is Calvin Eisenberg. Other details lead everyone to believe that he has arrived from the year 2143. Naturally, citizens from all across the country want their child to be "The" Calvin Eisenberg who is a great time traveler. They change their names to Eisenberg and soon the workplace is flooded with Calvin Eisenbergs.
Most of the technical information in the book is limited and what little I discuss comes from my own back ground working with industrial power electronics. The technology implemented into the story is mostly present today, in the year 2014, so this book is not so fantastical as to be comical. I would venture to say that this is one of the most realistic portrayals of time travel that we have seen, using elements from recent research and suggested theories such as the Manhattan project.
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