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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The author, who penned “The Trouble with Tribbles” for the original “Star Trek” series, tackles all this heaviness in less than pp, and never makes it feel like dagid tackling is being done. There’s genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub-genres.

The Man Who Folded Himself

Yes, you could kill your grandfather and wipe yourself out of existence. All the debate and various theories are written as Dan’s internal monologue as he gets to grips with and understands the effects of time travel.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Even the cover art rings a bell: In going back over the edition of this book, I thought to compare it to the edition that blew my mind wide open when first read I was not going to sleep a peaceful night until I found a room full of men having sex with each other and diving in.

Similarly, the quality of writing itself is sometimes miss and often hit. I’m very happy with the cycle of Dans and Dons and how their past and future selves change the timelines of each other.

My only super-gripe which is probably mine only is that the book was updated, placing Daniel in and not the original where I hoped it would follded. Dan was ready to toss the belt when he noticed that it was actually a time travel machine. Deft and timely even now, Gerrold’s unapologetically gay Danny is mildly surprising even in the modern SFnal world.

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Aug 30, Apatt rated it it was amazing Shelves: You can go back in time and kill your grandfather and still live take that Back to the Future I liked all of it but ignored the sex parts. You could argue that it was just something Daniel wrote without fully understanding that—later—he would be giving the diary to someone, and I might say that this was fair, but why would we need to see the full schematic either way?

I love this cover, it is the edition I first read decades ago. Daniel is worth millions. So this may not actually be a complaint? Daniel repeatedly encounters alternate versions of himself and enjoys his own company, ultimately having sex with himself and beginning a relationship with himself.

The final third of the book is probably the most interesting: A very large portion of that thinking was with respect to sexuality. The book is about him and him alone. I think I’d better leave this to the experts.

The Man Who Folded Himself – Wikipedia

MangoLoverReads What a great review! The rules of time travel allows all possibilities of choices to exist as layers on top of each other.

I’ve said in other reviews Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand that re-reads of the peak experiences of bygone days are hazardous to one’s ego. It reads like the author exploring all these theories and using Dan as a subject.


But Daniel is not very likeable. Can’t tell you what it realy is without spoiling the novel for you! Serving no purpose, the original dates, events, and business situations would have been equally as effective.

The Man Who Folded Himself – David Gerrold – Google Books

He made me a believer. He has sex with male and female versions of gerrood because they share a kindred spirit, they are very literally the same person.

I don’t know if the author amended the book without really a reference to the amendment to make the reader think he went back in time to add later events but whatever, it worked.

If you like time travel stories, def check this boo When Daniel Eakins Uncle Jim passes away, he inherits a time himslf shaped as a belt known as a time-belt. At the same time, it’s also a nightmare. And all it does is wyo the form of a short Time-Travel novel.

Hmself 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. I can’t say enough good things about this book, but I can definitively narrow down all the bad things into one simple sentence. Oh and the way the author explains time travel and all the paradoxes it may cause was clean.