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Yesterday Makers: Stories from a Time Machine Paperback – July 25, 2016
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About the Author
Russell Kightley is a scientific illustrator, writer, and fashion designer. He studied graphic design in the late 70s. In 1981 he worked in traditional hospital-based medical illustration, using pen and ink and water colour-well before computers became commonplace in design. Then came a long stint in university-based medical video production (including two years at Stanford University in the early 80's). His first award was a CINE Golden Eagle in 1984 while working at Stanford; 39 more awards followed for the videos that he worked on-35 of those were for videos that he directed, including Gold at Worldfest Houston, and Silver at the British Medical Association. He has worked for many years as a scientific illustrator. In 2016 he began creating designer scarves. He has been writing science fiction for several years.
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I found the plot just a smidge difficult to follow. However, I really enjoyed exploring the concept of going back in time to time pockets. I really liked the science, although I would have liked an explanation of how the ships worked. The characters were fun and at times witty. If you can handle weird with paradoxes then I’d recommend this book. I will definitely be reading future works by this author.
Yesterday Makers by Russell Knightly
I have to give this short and quite marvellous time travel tale a big 5 stars, it had me thinking and brought back my dwindling quest for answers.
The story is told from a variety of copies, of people, we never really know who is a copy and who is real, the characters come and go and some are very short lived.
I admit at times I was confused and had to re-read and re-read sections, but isn’t that what time travelling would be about, confusion and repeat. The main ‘evil’ character was a bit of a let-down and seemed to get her comeuppance too quickly, but this is a novella and as such I forgive this.
Overall, the small negatives were overcome by the big picture and view of time and us.
Give it a read, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll think.
The best way to describe this book is that it is like one of Einstein's Geistgedanken, thought exercises. It really is different from other time travel books. When I have read it through several times more, I will know better how to review it.
So my best recommendation is - download and read this book for yourself, don't take anybody else's review into consideration. Enjoy.
This was a thoroughly intriguing story playing around with time travel and bubble universes and by the end of the tale one finds oneself questioning the universe in which we now exist.
Unusual characters, intriguing premise, very thought provoking and an extremely satisfying, if somewhat unsettling, read.
This author delights in twisting one's thoughts into a pile of very tangled spaghetti. Or maybe that's just me!
…..Whoa, slow down! Keep it simple or end up needing counselling. You could contemplate going to Hollywood and belatedly joining a team of scriptwriters who will appreciate your unique talent for coherent, butterfly verbosity.
A few errors occur, like Im instead of I’m, plus missing words, which is amazing in view of the number of words tumbling around. It is small wonder that full stops and commas start empathetically tumbling around out of order.
Would I read more of the same? No way, if I value my ability to retain full possession of my faculties. But what a joy to seeing someone like Robin Williams emerging whose talents simply must be nurtured more productively, elsewhere.