Top critical review
Too much Science, not enough Fiction.
on 5 April 2015
I'm being generous here because I found the first three of the stories such a struggle that I gave up. If I were rating this book on what I had read I would give it one star, but I'll assume the other stories are better and give it two. The problem? The author seems much too keen on the Science, and insufficiently keen on the Fiction. It's like reading a popular science book with the detail randomly interspersed with a story. If you are familiar with the science the scanty story will not hold your attention. If you are not familiar with the science you won't learn anything and the scanty story still won't hold your attention. Here's a line from the first page: "The number of parallel worlds is uncountably infinite". It might have been OK if he had stopped at "infinite" (and had included an interesting story), but "uncountably infinite"? Later in the "story" he explains that "uncountably" refers to an infinity like the Real numbers, as opposed to a countable infinity like the Ordinals. If you know what he's talking about you'll know that a) the explanation is unhelpful without more information and b) adds nothing to the story. If you don't know what he's talking about you won't have learned much, if anything. If I wanted a lecture I would have bought a different book. I wanted fiction, but this was just showing off.