What if Newton was wrong—or just seemed to be wrong? What if visitors from an advanced civilization accidentally made it seem as if the Three Laws of Motion didn’t work as advertised—and thus got Newton in very serious trouble with the authorities?And what if that was just the start of the trouble?
". . . An alien genius has just discovered the three laws
of motions—and landed in hot water with his nation’s established church
because of them. This threat to set off his world’s scientific revolution
happens just as visiting Earthfolk are using quasimatter objects, products
that don’t behave according to the three laws of motion. Church hierarchs
notice this and belittle the would-be Newton. . . . as nice a piece of
work as anyone in the field has done."
"A hard-sf exploration in physics . . . raising questions
as to what kinds of knowledge are helpful—and when. . . . Throughout his
career . . . [Stanley Schmidt] has written clear-cut tales within which
nest solvable problems, and in the telling of which cogently argued
hard-sf concepts are given fair play."
"Science Fiction at its intriguing and thought-provoking
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