In War Times

In War Times

Book - 2007
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Sam Dance is a young enlisted soldier in 1941 when his older brother Keenan is killed at Pearl Harbor. Afterwards, Sam promises that he will do anything he can to stop the war.
 
During his training, Sam begins to show that he has a knack for science and engineering, and he is plucked from the daily grunt work of twenty-mile marches by his superiors to study subjects like code breaking, electronics, and physics in particular, a science that is growing more important to the war effort. While studying, Sam is seduced by a mysterious female physicist that is teaching one of his courses, and given her plans for a device that will end the war, perhaps even end the human predilection for war forever. But the device does something less, and more, than that.
 
After his training, Sam is sent throughout Europe to solve both theoretical and practical problems for the Allies. He spends his free time playing jazz, and trying to construct the strange device. It's only much later that he discovers that it worked, but in a way that he could have never imagined.
Publisher: Tor, 2007
ISBN: 9780765313553
Branch Call Number: AF GOON

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BeckyHelton
Aug 17, 2012

Very interesting story. I like that Goonan uses actual science in her science fiction.

rowanquincy Mar 01, 2012

Really enjoyed this book. I almost passed it up because the war theme, but the characters are great. Loved the jazz throughout, and the intelligent plotting.

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Smreka
Jun 22, 2010

Finally an author who dares to move slowly, giving a reader lots of time to enjoy the characters, some interesting ideas, and lots and lots of jazz.

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