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The Man Who Folded Himself

The Man Who Folded Himself

by David GerroldDavid Gerrold
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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 he has enormous power to shape the course of history. He can foil terrorists, prevent assassinations, or just make some fast money at the racetrack. And if he doesn't like the results of the change, he can simply go back in time and talk himself out of making it! But Dan soon finds that there are limits to his powers and forces beyond his control.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932100044
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 06/10/2003
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 1,174,640
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Gerrold is the author of the Hugo and Nebula award-nominated book The Man Who Folded Himself and When HARLIE Was One, works that quickly established him in the hard science fiction genre during the 1970s. He also wrote The Trouble with Tribbles episode of Star Trek—one of the most popular Star Trek episode of all time, and is the author of the popular Star Wolf, Dingillian, and Chtorr series.

Customer Reviews

The Man Who Folded Himself 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The last time I was able to find this book, I bought all five copies that existed in the shop. Over the years they have disappeared into the collections of my (reader) friends never to be heard from again. It is an easy read and presents time travel concepts in an easy to understand fashion. It has also ruined many Sci-Fi show's time-travel episodes for me. This is because the episodes contain such obvious flaws that I now know of by reading this book.
MarkFL More than 1 year ago
Wow!! This is great for time travel fans!
Curtis-Steinhour More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book and is my 2nd read.
krisiti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Odd. A young man inherits a belt that lets him time travel, which he uses mostly to have sex with alternate versions of himself. About as complete an exploration of the "many worlds" version of time travel as you could expect. Plus a lot of sex.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best I can say is at least it was short. It was first published around 1972, and then re-issued around 2003. When it was re-issued it was also updated adding compact discs, and the events of 9/11 to the text.The story is about time travel, with the POV getting a mysterious 'time belt'. The problem is that they story is about just that, time travel. The mechanics, the paradoxes, the personal, emotional and mental issues the POV has. Very little time is spent on where he goes or what he does, other than screw around with himself (figuratively and literally). Sort of navel gazing where the POV eventually gets sucked into his own navel ! So if you are interested in the how of time travel, rather than using it and seeing where and when, then this story might be for you. If you want to sit around sorting out the Dans and the Dons which one they are, and which time line they came from, you may also enjoy it. But if you are actually looking for an interesting story this book will probably seem a pointless waste of time.
darrow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a lover of time travel and sci-fi I was really looking forward to this. What I found was a homosexual fantasy with only one idea (a good one) which it wrings every drop out of but leaves many questions unanswered. A huge disappointment. A more suitable title would be "The Man who F**ked Himself".
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is quite possibly the most circular novel I have ever read. I cannot possibly even begin to explain what that means without giving the entire story away. So I will provide a brief synopsis. First, however, I have to tell you that I loved the basic idea of this book. What was utterly fascinating is the brilliant explanations & illustrations of paradox, and the idea that time is not linear, it is only our perception of it that is linear. I do have to tell you that some parts of the book were just weird and these I didn't spend too much time thinking about (you'll know them when you get to them). Overall, this is really a good and very fun read, but you have to read it slowly.The story is told via the medium of Daniel Eakins' diary. Eakins has only one living relative, his Uncle Jim. Uncle Jim keeps Daniel going through college even when he hates it; he motivates Daniel through money. Then one day he comes to Daniel and tells him to keep a journal and he will up his allowance every week substantially. He also tells Daniel that he is worth $143 million. But when Jim dies, Daniel finds out he's really worth like $6000; there is nothing else for Daniel except a box that Jim had left for him. Jim opens it and inside is a belt...and he thinks Uncle Jim was senile until he looks at it more carefully and notices the word "timebelt" written on it. Soon Daniel figures out that this is a working version of a time machine. Very fun novel and yeah boy, full of those paradoxes and their consequences (or lack thereof) that I dearly love reading about in science fiction.
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Rikh More than 1 year ago
Awesome book. Possibly the best time travel book ever written. If you like time travel stories, read this book.
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Awwwrite More than 1 year ago
A good premise for a time travel novel should should encompass the idea of the age-old and popular phrases - "If I knew then, what I know now" and "If I could go back and do it all over again" and of course, the most important ingredient- Imagination. What is a fictional story without a creative imagination? The answer would be "The Man who folded Himself, by David Gerrold". In fairness, the first 30 or so pages start out as a story and then it just stops. The writer just wanders along posing questions and turning the book into an essay on homosexuality. This is because his extreme lack of imagination and storytelling ability has his main character spending all of his time with his future self (a whole day into the future) and ultimately falling in love and having sex with himself. I have previously always made it a rule not to reveal any of the plot in a review, but I wish I had known how terrible this book was going to be before I purchased it, or was able to read the afterword where David Gerrold explains that he had to stop writing the book because he needed time to think about how to write the homosexual scenes. In my opinion, he should have abandoned the book and his writing career entirely. If you have issues with your sexuality, you shouldn't deceive the science fiction reading population by passing them off as a time travel novel. My condolences to anyone who purchased this awful attempt at time travel fiction.