Study Guide

Timescape Chapter 17

By Gregory Benford

Chapter 17

April 15, 1963

  • Gordon has breakfast and heads to the lab to check on the new samples Cooper has been working with.
  • A man named Jacob Edwards enters the lab.
  • He claims to know the secret to Gordon's message: magnetism. The extraterrestrials are after the sun's magnetism.
  • Gordon and Cooper kick him out of the lab. What a nut.
  • Thing is, Edwards may have been the first, but he certainly isn't the last, and after a while, Gordon becomes pretty adept at dealing with the different types of kooks and their eccentric theories.
  • At first, the faculty finds Gordon's stories entertaining, but then their mood begins to change.