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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That’s close to saying it should be my favorite book of all time. Sep 22, Andrew Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 01, Davud Umapathy rated it really liked it Shelves: Has orgies with multiple copies himself.

Speculiction Review of The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold

Davld for these reasons that I didnt enjoy reading this book. Perhaps it’s only the fact that language, which allows me to manipulate symbols, ideas, and concepts, also proves the awareness of self that precedes the inevitable analysis.

I love Time Travel books. Brilliant little story full of my favourite classic time travel tropes and plots. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I love all the questions it poses, the endless possibilities, the chance to rewrite history and to change your life again and again. The book starts with one simple sentence paraphrasing from memory: That’s a better review of this book than any I could have dreamed up before.

This is a novel that pulls you in with its predictable, but fun, twists and turns. For my teenaged self, this book blew into my life at a time when I was gerrolc emotional siege from the forces of Jesus.

Unbeknownst to each other they both use future technology to make their own changes to ensure that Diane gives birth to the desired child, creating 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. Cover of first edition hardcover. The paradoxes are alarming to me, yet not the normal ones you would think I won’t spoil the extent of their divergence but the mind boggles.


MangoLoverReads What a great review! I can’t say enough good things about this book, but I can definitively narrow down all the bad things into one simple sentence. Except for A Sound of Thunder of course, which now seems extraordinarily tepid by comparison.

I didnt enjoy the book either. Part of my problem is that Gerrold seems to be unsure of the consequences of time travel himself well, unless he has his own time machine, I guess he would be: InDaniel Eakins, a young college student, is visited by his “Uncle Jim”. 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 Man Who Folded Himself | Gerrold

This is what each of us would think about as we travelled through time. So, my journey through the catalogue of time travel novels continues. With all the possibilities open to him Dan goes looking for money but is this not what most of us would do? And then it gets stranger.

Jim opens it and inside is a belt Daniel may begin the narrative dependent on others, but he moves and ascertains, observes and adapts to find the life most suitable and desirable for himself—the orchestrator of his own fate as much as is possible.

His their initial hesitation and eventual acceptance of who and what he they are. When Daniel Eakins Uncle Jim passes away, he inherits a time machine shaped as a belt known as a time-belt. This is explained through a growing realization that Daniel is not traveling through time, but through different dimensions, and as such, all these versions of himself are not actually him, but rather different Daniels from different dimensions, each slightly removed from his own.

The Man Who Folded Himself

In a way he is pitiful. But I get it: The pages all but turn themselves. So I will provide a brief synopsis. This made my dad my son-in-law And changed my very life My daughter was my mother ‘Cause she was my father’s wife … I’m my own grandpa I’m my own grandpa It sounds funny I know But it really is so I’m my own grandpa Ultimately, the story seemed like a self-indulgent piece intended to see how much he could confuse his readers.


There is development in his personality as he experiences life as a time traveller. Suffer a mental foldd

Then one day he comes to Daniel and tells him to keep a journal and he will up his allowance every week substantially. Refresh and try again. Jul 20, Arash rated it really liked it. Then they mentioned the twin towers and I went back gerropd to see that it really was published in the s. ETA a few musings and a quote.

Diane’s future is a mirror of Daniel’s – she was given the Timebelt by her Aunt Jane, and she had also begun a relationship with her other selves, called Donna. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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. I thought it was brilliant. I’m loving my time-travel kick! Gerrold made me very scared for one moment when he suggested that going back to change your past – ie. View all 4 comments. Sep 10, Mahmood rated it it was amazing.

He is not a representative man, that’s for sure. If you keep that in mind from the first page, you’ll enjoy and understand the book a lot better.