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“Breathtakingly brilliant.”―The New York Times
"A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard." -- Wil Wheaton, actor Star Trek and Big Bang Theory
“Few stories are as smart, as nuanced, as exciting, and as unsettling as this one....engrossing and impactful.” ― Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
“Annalee Newitz combines time travel, multi-alternative realities and feminist politics in the fast-paced, complex and mind-blowing The Future of Another Timeline . . . a compulsively readable novel of controlled anger that, despite the horror, offers hope.”―The Guardian
"It's like Newitz has written a science fiction addendum to Handmaids Tale... She flawlessly weaves between time and characters and creates a feminist, sci-fi, thrill-ride integrated into a covert history lesson. You close the book reeling with questions about your own life and your part in changing the future." ―Amy Acker, actress Angel and Person of Interest
"A page-turner and an ambitious feminist lens on the time-traveler story.” ― Kelly Sue DeConnick creator of Bitch Planet, writer for Captain Marvel
“A glorious tale of hope in the face of outrage, an anthem of timeless resistance against the powers that would lead us to our worst futures.” ―Ken Liu, Author of The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Grace of Kings
"The Future of Another Timeline does brilliantly what SF does best: makes metaphor concrete to illuminate the human condition. In this case, the idea that women are consistently written out of history by men is turned into a visceral reality, and secret history becomes a thrilling secret war." ―Nicola Griffith, author of Hild
"The best punk rock / time travel / Chicago history / riot girl / mindf*ck of a book I have ever read. Grape Ape Forever!" --Dan Sinker, creator of Punk Planet magazine
"The Future of Another Timeline is the mind-blowing punk feminist sci-fi time traveling thriller you've been waiting for, and which our culture desperately needs. Packed with action, sass, righteousness, technology and danger, it just might be a perfect book." ―Michelle Tea
“A multilayered tale of “editing” history, human rights, and the ripple effect. Smart and profound on every level.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Clever, compelling and utterly original." ―Laurie Penny, author of Everything Belongs to the Future
"Exciting and urgent." ―Saladin Ahmed, Eisner winning author of Black Bolt, Exiles, and Throne of the Crescent Moon
"Newitz's carefully built narrative of time travel and conflict is rooted in the drive and joys
of intersectional feminism, sex positivity, and acceptance...This riot of a book will have readers delighting both in the thrilling battle over timelines in an intricate, alternative world and in the joys of inclusive feminist solidarity."―Booklist (starred review)
"Where the book really shines is in its page-turning plot and thoughtfully drawn characters... the story charges along until Newitz suddenly ties it all together with breathtaking finesse. An ambitious adventure that keeps the surprises coming." ―Kirkus (starred review)
"[Newitz] highlights the truths of our past and possibilities of our future. The fantastical elements do not hide the all-too-real horrors women could face, but intelligence and hope are woven into every level." ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Newitz is one of the patron saints of geeks . . . a compelling piece of sci-fi that plays with time, friendship, and consequences . . . your new must-read.”―The Mary Sue
“Sure to become a feminist time travel classic.”―Den of Geek
About the Author
- ASIN : B07LF622KM
- Publisher : Tor Books (September 24, 2019)
- Publication date : September 24, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2728 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #117,474 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is not good propaganda. I'm a fairly ideal audience for a book like this--very down for feminist books, very down for time travel and alternate history, and even pretty down for anarchist philosophy and history. And even for me, the absolute lack of subtlety, complexity, or basic character work was too exhausting to push past by the halfway mark. Every male character is a rapist or racist or lecher (unless they're an oppressed minority, in which case they're allowed to be bland and forgettable); every female character is a saint of fierce, deep sisterhood; every event undergone by a character we're supposed to sympathize with is bursting with depths of meaning and feeling; every experience of someone the author doesn't want us to like is superficial, simplistic, and usually sinister.
In the author's defense--the book opens with a 90s riot grrrl concert where a band plays with lyrics about racist cops sucking plastic dicks, and bad bitches being amazing and generally screaming against the concepts of subtlety or complexity. So if that tone is any indication, the book is probably not at all attempting to be anything but cotton candy revenge fantasy propaganda. But that's not anything that I think is helpful to any of the causes it's trying to help, so it's a skip for me.
It’s a shame. Another promising idea, ruined by political correctness.
That having been said, I'll also have to say that I agree with other commenters that the characters are so unnuanced as to massively detract from the book. Depending on what you're writing, nuance isn't always needed -- would the Star Wars trilogy be as enjoyable if Sheev Palpatine was a sympathetic figure? Would the "Rogue One" final scene be as good if the antagonist in that scene wasn't a single, unnuanced, fearful figure? Lack of nuance can be appropriate in works that are drawn in very stark colors from the beginning -- but that wasn't this book.
And to me some of the best polemics feature villains NOT painted so blatantly ... situations where they're not so blatantly, unredeemingly, two-dimensionally evil as to be Simon Legree twirling his mustache. I don't sympathize with the cause of the villains, and I agree that Comstock -- as far as we can tell from our 21st century perspective -- was probably deserving of that villainous portrayal.
But, to me, in good fiction, you can see why a villain's past or makeup or abuse or what-have-you might've led them to make those choices while simultaneously believing with all your heart that the choice was wrong and must be fought against.
Or the author can just reach for the black paint and create Evil-with-a-capital-E as Annalee did here. But if that's the case, then you go for the stark colors thematically from Word One. You can't mix the two, as Newitz did here.
I liked the mechanism of time travel, and (no spoilers) part of the drama hinges on the mechanism and limitations. Much of the historical details and color are drawn from real people and events (search the web as you read to draw connections!). I really like that kind of depth when I'm reading.
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Almost all 'time travel' novels involve the 'good' characters trying stop the timeline being altered by the 'bad' characters but this has the intriguing idea that time travel is for (almost) all and that small changes don't matter and cause little alteration.
However, the story-line mostly involves (invented) punk, feminist bands and music, one dimensional girl characters with names like 'Soph' and, as mentioned by another reviewer, a scenario where all men are gay or bad and all women are victims.
I'm not sure what type of male readers would enjoy this book. I waited for two fifths of the book before realising that my interest was not to be garnered.
I'm even getting bored writing about it so, in short, time travel content, minimal; girls, maximal; pseudo punk, too much; women's rights, entire content; interest, little; propaganda and polemic, far too much; can't put it down? No can't pick it up. Waste of a good idea
This book has one of the more original time machines I've read about...ones that seem to be made of stone and maybe occur naturally. I liked how history is all about time travel and how academics have discussions about different methods of editing the timeline and theories about how and why to change history.
The fact that time travelers meet reguarly in this is interesting, as many time travel novels are based on one person going back to do something.
I guess, for me, the plot seemed a bit all over the place, with some random set-pieces that seemed jarring. The "climax" of the plot was a bit of a disappointment and I was left a little confused about the ending. There was an aspect of the Beth sections that I just didn't buy, it just seemed a bit dumb.
There are some interesting ideas in this book and I liked the section at the end where the real history is mentioned and some further reading is given. I just wasn't completly happy with the book.