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Gilpin's Space

Copyright 1986 by Reginald Bretnor

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I first read this on the 4th October 2002.

Eccentric but brilliant scientist Saul Gilpin discovers a new kind of space, a hyperspace, and promptly disappears into it in specially-outfitted submarine.

Commander Geoffrey Cormac and the beautiful Laure Endicott follow, in a second submarine, into the wonders of Gilpin's Space.

Now, you may think we're off to a solid start here. If so, you're as naive and credulous as I am and I believed in spaghetti trees for simply years. It was only after I bought the book, of course, that I realised that it was for twelve-year-olds going on four. This explains a lot. It also, I hope, explains why I was simply unable to finish reading it.

I've arbitrarily given it a rating half-way between T. A. Barron's "Heartlight" (which is a kid's book but at least I finished it) and the appalling "Saturn Rukh" by Robert L. Forward (currently my worst-rated book and quite probably to remain so in the future). This places it right alongside the remarkably-less-than-gripping "Ashes Of Victory" by David Weber.

Loaded on the 27th December 2002.
Cover of Gilpin's Space
Cover art by Alan Gutierrez

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