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Twistor (1989) is a hard science fiction novel by physicist and science fiction writer John G. Cramer. The novel was first published in hardcover by William Morrow in 1989, then in mass market paperback by Avon Books in 1991. It was reprinted by Avon Books in 1997 with slight revisions. It is currently out of print but can be ordered through selected booksellers.[1]


A physics experiment on condensed-matter in a university's physics lab causes an unexpected result when the equipment starts swapping normal and "shadow matter." After industrial espionage causes problems, physicist David Harrison finds himself lost with two small children in an alternate universe where the six-legged wildlife is dangerous and aggressive. David has to find a way back home, while dealing with the spies that caused the problems in the first place.

Twistor theoryEdit

Twistor space is the geometry that results from solutions of Twistor equations. In 1967 Roger Penrose developed a general relativity approach called Twistor theory to apply to the study of quantum gravity. This theory proposes that the relationship between events in spacetime is crucial and focuses on causes as key to understanding the byproducts of these events.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Publishers Weekly called the central situation appealing, but the reviewer noted, "Given Cramer's dry, stiff, academic prose and the equally dry, stiff, academic characters, the interesting and dramatic kernel of physics speculation will open only to the most persistent of readers."[3] SF Signal called it an "excellent, page-turning, hard sf thriller."[4]


  1. ^ "Novels". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  2. ^ Jones, Andrew Zimmerman; Robbins, Daniel. "String Theory and Twistor Theory". Retrieved 22 Jan 2016.
  3. ^ "Twistor". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 Jan 2016.
  4. ^ DeNardo, John (19 Jan 2004). "Review: Twistor by John Cramer". Retrieved 22 Jan 2016.