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5.0 out of 5 stars Paths to Otherwhere is excellent hard sci-fi
I sat down yesterday afternoon to start in on

_Paths to Otherwhere_, and ended up finishing it

hours later. I couldn't put it down. Hogan uses

ideas on multiple universes (alternate realities)

plausibly to create a intriguing story. The main

stream of the story lies in the characters desire

(and...
Published on 21 July 1997

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2.0 out of 5 stars Political posturing diminishes an otherwise interesting novel
James P. Hogan's novel starts out in a world heading towards crisis. In a not-too-distant future, the United States is slowly rotting from within, with revolutionaries and gangs forcing an increasingly authoritarian reaction from the government. As an increasingly likely conflict with Japan and China looms, scientists develop a device that heralds the prospect of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Political posturing diminishes an otherwise interesting novel, 23 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Paths to Otherwhere (Mass Market Paperback)
James P. Hogan's novel starts out in a world heading towards crisis. In a not-too-distant future, the United States is slowly rotting from within, with revolutionaries and gangs forcing an increasingly authoritarian reaction from the government. As an increasingly likely conflict with Japan and China looms, scientists develop a device that heralds the prospect of improving decision-making by allowing users to tap into the infinite number of decisions made by their multitude of counterparts in alternate worlds, thus discovering the wisest course of action. But then the scientists discover a means of transporting a person's consciousness into their counterpart in another universe. As the scientists begin to explore the possibilities, though, the military prepares to move in and use the device for their own ends.

Like his earlier novel The Proteus Operation, Hogan provides a plot of considerable interest, one well grounded in scientific theory as befitting an author of hard SF. Yet character development is lost amid the considerable political commentating the author continually engages in, as he uses his premise to both offer his theory on the failings of our world (too much government) and construct an idyllic alternative that in which everything is perfect (thanks to limited government). Some of it is laughable (as in how Britain manages to have socialized medicine WITHOUT government), much of it demonstrates a poor understanding of human history, and all of it gets in the way of the suspense Hogan attempts to build throughout the novel. It makes for an annoying read, one that would have been better is there had been less of Hogan's political views and more focus on the characters and some of the interesting implications of his premise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paths to Otherwhere is excellent hard sci-fi, 21 July 1997
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This review is from: Paths to Otherwhere (Mass Market Paperback)
I sat down yesterday afternoon to start in on

_Paths to Otherwhere_, and ended up finishing it

hours later. I couldn't put it down. Hogan uses

ideas on multiple universes (alternate realities)

plausibly to create a intriguing story. The main

stream of the story lies in the characters desire

(and conflict in trying) to get away from the

political conspiring and social stratification

that they must work in. Simple research in

evolution turns into complex cross universe

scheming to find something close to utopia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind boggling!, 29 Aug. 1998
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This review is from: Paths to Otherwhere (Mass Market Paperback)
It was the twenty - first century. The nations of the world headed toward war, and this time it looked as though there was no chance of avoiding a mutually geneocidal cataclysm. However, a small group of scientists had made QUADAR.
QUADAR was a machine. Selected scientists worked quietly on the project, unknown that they were watched by the government. Theory is that anything that COULD happen HAS happened in some universe, some where. There are thousands of universes though. QUADAR sent the selected few to their counter parts in other universes to see what the differences were. Every universe had the same people, but historical events had happened differently. The current world was different. Then there was a world where they never happened at all! Traveling this way was soon called going to otherwheres.
Now the government is ready to steal the whole project for political reasons.
***Mind boggling! A roller coaster of possibilities. Made me stop and think about several "What ifs?"***
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