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Version Control

von Dexter Palmer

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The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy. She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives and perhaps of reality itself. Rebecca Wright has gotten her life back, finding her way out of grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband. However, she has a persistent, strange sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; and each night she has disquieting dreams that may or may not be related to her husband Philip's pet project. Philip's decade-long dedication to the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you do not call a time machine ) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or imagines . . .… (mehr)
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The ending of this was absolutely an old timey misogynist's dream. I really hated where this ended up. ( )
  bibliovermis | Jun 7, 2021 |
Probably more like a 3.5. It's tough to to talk about this book without talking about the last third, when the exact nature of the "time machine" is revealed. I think Palmer bit off a little bit more than he can chew here - the first half of the book feels meandering and a little lost, kind of a "I told you that story so I can tell you this one" type of deal. However, as someone who's watched a lot of time travel movies, the more science fictional "how it works" aspect that comes later is so wildly inventive, so dismissive of every other variation on time travel stories that I can think of, that I have to give Palmer credit in making something truly original. I don't see myself returning to this, but it was definitely interesting. ( )
1 abstimmen skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
so good! ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |
This would be a much better book if the central character were not Rebecca. She and her friends are the least interesting aspect of the book. Future dating technology is boring. So is the President of America's AI. Alicia would have made a better central character. The end result of having Rebecca is that you can easily skip entire chapters at a time. The whole premise of Alicia explaining what they think happened inside the CVD to Rebecca was preposterous. The subplot about someone being racist? So unnecessary. To me the greatest irony was when one of the characters describes Octavia Butler as being 'touchy feely'? I've read Butler, and she is faaar from touchy feely. Unless that's just a sexist remark because she's a female writer. I found Butler to be pretty damn harsh. It's actually Dexter who's all touchy with the feely. Dating and relationships and love problems? Hello? Pot, meet kettle. Sorry, but that really bugged me. ( )
1 abstimmen billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
Palmer, Dexter. Version Control. Pantheon, 2016.
Slipstream, a term coined by Bruce Sterling in 1989, has always been an invidious epithet. Whether it refers to usually mainstream writers playing with genre tropes or to science fiction written with some literary pretension, it is seldom a term of endearment. But it is certainly a useful term to describe the work of Dexter Palmer, whose three novels could be used to define the subgenre. His second novel, Version Control, is right down the middle—a polished, character-driven story of a modern marriage, but it is a marriage of a woman working for an online dating service, whose use of avatars has scary political implications, and a physicist working on a “causality violation device”—which he insists is not a time machine. As the story goes on, the metaphors from quantum physics multiply and become more important to the plot and to the development of its characters. If you want your scientific drama up front, you might find it a bit slow, but if Palmer’s vision of near-future sociological and technological possibilities intrigues you, or if you are drawn to the fates of these two mismatched people, you will like it just fine. ( )
1 abstimmen Tom-e | Jun 5, 2020 |
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The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy. She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives and perhaps of reality itself. Rebecca Wright has gotten her life back, finding her way out of grief and depression following a personal tragedy years ago. She spends her days working in customer support for the Internet dating site where she first met her husband. However, she has a persistent, strange sense that everything around her is somewhat off-kilter: she constantly feels as if she has walked into a room and forgotten what she intended to do there; on TV, the President seems to be the wrong person in the wrong place; and each night she has disquieting dreams that may or may not be related to her husband Philip's pet project. Philip's decade-long dedication to the causality violation device (which he would greatly prefer you do not call a time machine ) has effectively stalled his career and made him a laughingstock in the physics community. But he may be closer to success than either of them knows or imagines . . .

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