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by James L. Halperin

  • ISBN: 0965104109
  • Category: Thrillers and Suspense
  • Subcategory: Suspense and Obscurity
  • Author: James L. Halperin
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ivy Pr Inc; 1st edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Pages: 332
  • ePub book: 1645 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1374 kb
  • Other: txt mobi lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 160


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In his first novel, Halperin argues that such an invention could lead humanity into an era of unequaled prosperity, one in which crime is virtually unknown and true democracy is possible. A professional numismatist and a member of the World Future Society, Halperin is a relatively unskilled novelist. His prose is at best workmanlike, and his plotting and character development tend toward the simplistic.

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The Truth Machine (1996) is a science fiction novel by James L. Halperin about a genius who invents an infallible lie detector. Soon, every citizen must pass a thorough test under a Truth Machine to get a job or receive any sort of license. Eventually, people begin wearing them all the time, thus eliminating dishonesty in all parts of human interaction, and eliminating crime, terrorism and a great deal of general social problems.

James Halperin's debut science fiction novel, "The Truth Machine", is an amazing achievement. It's a story about something that completely changes the way the world works. It is a story so grand and sweeping in its scale that it gives Clarke's "Childhood's End" and Haldeman's "Forever War" strong competition for the greatest novel written about Earth's future. All the variables are redefined, and the characters are forced to adjust accordingly. Books of this nature always seem to be the ones I enjoy most - perhaps because I love the thoughts they spawn and the philosophies they help me to form.

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Once perfected, the Truth Machine will change the face of the world

Once perfected, the Truth Machine will change the face of the world. Yet the race to finish the Truth Machine forces one man to commit a shocking act of treachery, burdening him with a dark secret that collides with everything he believes in. Now he must conceal the truth from his own creation. or face his execution. By turns optimistic and chilling-and always profound-The Truth Machine is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle that resonates with insight, wisdom. and astounding possibility.

THE TRUTH MACHINE James L. Halperin A Del Rey® Book BALLANTINE BOOKS, NEW YORK This book is a. . Halperin A Del Rey® Book BALLANTINE BOOKS, NEW YORK This book is a work of fiction.

A Novel of Things to Come. By James L. By turns optimistic and chilling–and always profound–The Truth Machine is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle that resonates with insight, wisdom. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy Suspense & Thriller. Also by James L. See all books by James L. About James L. James L. Halperin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 31, 1952.

Find nearly any book by James L. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. The Truth Machine: A Speculative Novel: ISBN 9780684821337 (978-0-684-82133-7) Softcover, Simon & Schuster Ltd, 1997. Y2K: Three Scenarios.

After he perfects the truth machine--a machine that could eliminate injustice in the world--Randall Petersen Armstrong must conceal the secrets of his past


Celore Celore
This is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi books. The story itself is interesting, and the vision of the future is fascinating. I particularly loved the fake news headlines at the beginning of every chapter. I read this book several years after it was first published, so it was really interesting to see the things that Halperin predicted correctly, and which things were completely off. Another thing I loved about this book was its in-depth probing of the nature of truth, and its role in society. At times the book has an almost philosophical characteristic to it, which I found thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention thought-provoking.
Well, "The Truth Machine" turned into a major disappointment. Why do some authors feel that their characters have to be the most handsome, richest, most intelligent, most famous people on earth to be engaging? The book started off with some interesting premises and characters, but then it just became another trite pop-novel about the problems of the rich and famous. The protagonist was, of course, the richest and most moral (there's an oxymoron!) person on earth due to his super intellect and his perfect memory. All his 'girlfriends' were the most beautiful women you could imagine and, naturally, the brightest. Not to say that beautiful women and men can't be intelligent, or that rich people don't have problems. It's just that these kinds of portrayals are so much fantasy that I can't sympathize with any of it.

And the story line soon becomes ludicrous, too. The eponymous truth machine helps create a perfect world where all crime and deception are steadily eliminated and everybody lives in bliss. I would have been more entertained if Halperin had shown the truth machine taking society in a completely different direction, revealing a hidden, sinister side or some bizarre characteristic (a la "1984"). Instead his Utopia is bland and homogenous and, as a result, uninteresting. Frankly I'd be bored to tears in his kind of world.
Vudogal Vudogal
This book provides good food for thought when it comes to future advancements. It can be another Nostradamus guide. It would be fun to check it every decade or so and see how many things the book predicted that have become reality. In fact, the idea of a truth machine is not totally without basis. A few months ago i saw something on TV that was also called The Truth Machine. In the program, a professor from a university in the Midwest (i should have been paying more attention! Sorry for the lack of specifics) explained that when the suspect of a crime reads information that would only be known to the perpetrator, the brain has a response that can be measured with his machine, therefore suggesting that the suspect might be guilty indeed. An innocent person, when reading the same information, would not show that same kind of brain activity. This machine is being studied by prosecutors as one more tool to use in the evaluation of crimes. The same way that electric cars and organ transplant were science fiction a few years ago, the truth machine can be a reality soon. I only hope they do offer amnesty, like in the book! Story-wise, though, this book is a lightweight. The redeeming quality of this book is its vision of the future, certainly neither the plot nor the characters.
Flash_back Flash_back
I believe that James Halperin is an extraordinarily talented futurist. The concepts put forth in this plea for sanity in our world dangerously teetering into the new millenium are important and beautifully stated and played out by the characters in "The Truth Machine".
It is a remarkable first novel. The characterization is excellent and compelling. The story is an equal partner to the ideas that abound. There are several sub-plots that are almost as satisfying as the major theme about the societal impact of a device that compells truthfulness in all aspects of human interaction. Pete's complex character and his relationships with women and with his life long friends David and Diana West are well portrayed as are his relationships and interaction with his demons Reece and Scoggins. I even enjoyed the character of 22g CP-TLMos, the super computer reporter who relates the major part of this work.
My great regret is that we don't have our own phenomenally gifted Pete Robinson to create a Truth Machine for us and to usher in the new era of world wide understanding and communication.
This is a thoughtful, absorbing, highly readable and most important statement about our possible future or lack thereof.
Very highly recommended.
Ieregr Ieregr
This is one of the most brilliant concepts put into a book that I've ever read. I am reading it for the third time, and am enjoying it even more this time. The author, as far as I know, had never written anything before, which is even more amazing to me. It's not that the writing itself is incredible, but the idea of a Truth Machine, is definitely something whose time has come. I'd love to see a screenplay and movie version of this story, and even more, I'd love to see some company attempt to make one and succeed. Given our current geo-political situation, I believe that a truth machine would be one of the best inventions of our human history and would accomplish many of the things that come to pass in this semi-fictional account.
Uaoteowi Uaoteowi
Gets bogged down in too much cyber geek speak and not enough actual story. Way too long and far fetched,a world of computers and out of control programmers and some poorly developed characters who never seem to interact in the real world. Gave up about half way through and skipped to the end or ends. Tedious
BroWelm BroWelm
Halperin has great ideas, interesting plot but weak character development (unless you like clichéd stock characters as main characters) and he is unable to write dialog. His depiction of a Harvard classroom reads more like an 8th grade honors class or worse, an episode of Saved by the Bell.