This is an interesting time travel book but it is difficult to say anything about the plot without creating spoilers. I really enjoyed it though it was riddled with paradoxes that seemed to make it difficult at times to understand the timeline of Daniel Eakin, the main character.
Daniel inherits a time travel belt from his Uncle Jim. He uses it to travel through time constantly and through paradoxes, create thousands of versions of himself. Daniel ends up living his life with these different versions as his companions (in more ways than one).
Throughout the book there are a lot of philosophical arguments as to what Daniel and his multi versions of himself (Don, Danny, etc.) do. It all leads up to a big surprise ending!
My first exposure to David Gerrold was on the original Star Trek series; he's the guy who wrote "The Trouble With Tribbles." The first of his novels that I read was When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One, which is itself a delightful read. This one, however, was an absolute kick in the rubber parts. Gerrold wrote what I call "the last time travel novel." After this one, I didn't think the genre could ever be broached again. With the aid of a belt inherited … more
Originally written in 1972, 'The Man Who Folded Himself' was revised by the author David Gerrold in 2003, to include current events such as the 9/11 disaster. So even if you read this book in the 70's, it's worth picking up to read again. Daniel Jamieson Eakins is a twenty-one year old college student when his Uncle Jim arrives for a visit. Uncle Jim offers to increase Danny's monthly allowance from $1,000 to $2,000 if Danny begins to keep a diary ... only for himself. Of … more
Brief Synopsis: The main character (and one of the only characters), Daniel Eakins is presented with a unique belt that was entrusted to him after his Uncle Jim passed away. Daniel discovers the belt has the ability to transport the wearer throughout time, which Daniel quickly learns how to use. After using his time machine for the first significant time, he is greeted by himself, one day later. During his first temporal jump, Daniel goes with himself (referred to as Don) to the racetrack … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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Product Description 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.
About the Author David Gerrold is the author of Jumping Off the Planet and When HARLIE Was One, which was nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards. He lives in Northridge, California. Geoffrey Klempner is the director of studies for the International Society of Philosophers.