Tag Archive | Time Travel Paradox

Palimpsest by Charles Stross

Format: Hardcover
Rating:  5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Palimpsest. Noun. a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text. (link)

Stasis. Noun. a state or condition in which there is no action or progress. (link)

Agent Pierce is a member of Stasis, an organisation of time travellers who have tasked themselves with the preservation of humanity and the recording of humanity’s history. His initiation into Stasis was to murder his grandfather – effectively writing himself out of the history books. When he survives an ambush, he is contacted by a doctoral researcher he eventually marries. But things fall apart when he travels through time to the Final Library and finds no record of the time line in which he marries the researcher.

I really really enjoyed this story. It certainly was a great way to end off my travels through The Time Traveller’s Almanac. In Palimpsest Stross creates an explosive cocktail of some of the themes I love best from scifi: deep time, time travel and the time travel paradox. While this novella is somewhat complex, at the same time it’s relatively simple. I could definitely see scope for it being expanded considerably, but I also like that Stross leaves some of the story to my imagination to fill in.

Definitely a huge thumbs up to this story from this scifi fan.

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Time Cursor by John David Krygelski

Time CursorSource: Own Collection
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

Jack Augur comes back from thirty years in the future to stop his own wedding. Although he was warned not to tamper with any other events, within minutes of meeting his younger self, he is responsible for the accidental death of the man who is to go on to invent the time machine. As they struggle together to undo the damage they’ve done and get the world back on track, mysterious beings thwart their every attempt. John David Krygelski’s second novel – Time Cursor is a roller-coaster ride of suspense, action and intrigue with an ending that will not disappoint.

This is a complex book that explores the time travel paradox and all its implications. It follows what happens when Jack travels back in time to prevent his own wedding.

While some of the technical passages are quite dry, the story itself is evocative and compelling, enabling one to almost ignore the technical bits and keep pace with the story progression.

A good read if you’re interested in time travel, and the time travel paradox in particular.