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The Forest of Time - Hugo Nominated Novella

The Forest of Time - Hugo Nominated Novella [Kindle Edition]

Michael Flynn

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Product Description

This novella is included in the anthology 'The Forest of Time and Other Stories' published by Phoenix Pick. It was nominated for the Hugo Award when originally published.

From the Author's Commentary:

I had wanted to write a “parallel Pennsylvania” story ever since reading H. Beam Piper’s “Gunpowder God” in high school. Growing up in Easton, Pennsylvania, the historical themes were all Revolutionary, so it was only natural that when I thought alternate history, I thought of that era. Sometimes we forget how revolutionary our Revolution was. How many other revolutions have slipped from republicanism to bonapartism and wound up with a Napoleon, a Lenin, or a Khomeini? After all, when you overthrow a System, those who must build something new afterward have only ever known the System. The acorn then does not fall far from the tree.
Alone among constitutional states, ours does not grant rights to the people. The people told the government what it was allowed to do? Read the Bill of Rights, especially Amendments Nine and Ten. People possess rights under the Natural Law, and the government is forbidden to interfere with them. If you think that that is only a semantic quibble, think again: The “right to privacy” is mentioned nowhere in the Constitution.
But what if this Union had never happened and North America had filled with squabbling petty states—“as many Nations in North America as there are in Europe,” as John Adams once feared? Prior to telegraph and radio, new ideas spread with traveling people, such as merchant-traders. Tariff and custom barriers would dampen trade and commerce, and with it, the spread of new ideas. Until the Constitution eliminated tariff barriers among the states, little England was the largest free trade zone in the world. So I imagined a pre-World War I milieu, full of what Winston Churchill called “pumpernickel principalities.”
Speaking of pumpernickel, could Pennsylvania really have become German-speaking? Wer kennt? In Revolutionary times fully half the colony spoke German and even today it hosts Pennsylvaanisch, a Swabian dialect. Towns in my heimatland, the Lehigh Valley, bear names like Schenkweilersville, and hills are called Swoveberg and Hexenkopf. In June 1858, 14% of the students in the Northampton County schools spoke English only while 50% spoke German only. (The rest were bilingual, deutsch und englisch.) My Irish grandfather bore the unlikely sobriquet of “Dutch” Flynn because of his accent. (His mother was an Ochenfuss.) In the 1930s, German was still a required course at my mother’s elementary school, and our parish church had native-born German pastors until after I went off to college. I was raised on “German Hill,” where you could toss a rock and hit five Deutschers before you hit an Italian or a Gael. So, decouple the Commonwealth from the other English-speaking colonies, throw in some anti-Yankee enmity, and … what do you think could have happened?
But all this is background. The story is not about an alternate Pennsylvania. That is only the setting. My one halfway original notion was that the departure and arrival of a cross-time traveler were themselves events which spawned new parallel worlds, and which therefore changed the “para-time” distances between them. One little slip in the quantum foam and—hey, presto!—you would be lost amid an infinity of worlds. The story was born of the single image of a man unable to find his way home and slowly losing hope because of it.
Like the blind men touching the elephant, Vonderberge and the Hexmajor, General Schneider and Rudi Knecht, each found something different in Kelly. Dour, dutiful Rudi remains one of my favorite characters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 135 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (22 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P8K5FI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Character and Detail Make Time Travel Believable 9 Jun 2014
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The Forest of Time is a time travel story that's more realistic than most due to the attention to historical detail and characters. In an alternate timeline where colonies became separate nations instead of the United States, a time traveler pops up in the German-speaking modern nation of Pennsylvania, where military officers detain him and try to determine if he's crazy or a spy . . . or really what he claims, from a world of airplanes, atom bombs, world wars and The USA. I'm not a history buff but this was absorbing thanks to the characterization and conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel... 25 Jan 2013
By Dolores Ayotte - Published on
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"The Forest of Time" by talented Author Michael Flynn is my first exposure to "time travel". I must say, I very much enjoyed my introductory experience to this concept.

I think the author does a great job with the main characters...demonstrating their obvious differences in personalities and beliefs...and how each has a personal agenda. These characters mingle together to build the suspenseful plot which is sure to be enjoyable to the reading audience captivated by this genre.

Along with all the history thrown in, the stage is set for this intriguing novella to unfold. The ending is definitely unpredictable which adds to the reading pleasure. Yes...this novella is well-worth reading!

Inspirational Author & Book Reviewer ~ Dolores Ayotte
I'm Not Perfect and It's Okay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Poorly formatted. 25 Aug 2014
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This is a well thought out alternate history of North America based on Joel Garreau's book The Nine Nations of North America. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys alternate history or science fiction. I gave it four stars, instead of five, because there were parts of some sentences missing. The publisher needs to proofread this story again and correct the omissions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and memorable characters 23 Jun 2012
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First time reading a "parallel universe" novel. While I found the concept interesting, I could have used more illustration of how this parallel world is different than our own. I understood the overarching differences, but I mean how do the details differ? There was little mention of this, besides there being very few cars and no wireless communication. Being set entirely in a military fort limits the opportunities to explore these differences, but even there they should have been clearer.
The story itself was very well written, and I enjoyed the complexity of the characters. Without giving too much away I was somewhat surprised at whom the main character is, but considering the setting it makes sense. His interactions with the other leads in the novel slowly reveal their true motives for the actions right up to the surprise ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forest of Time 3 Mar 2012
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Enjoyed this, but felt that there should have been a sequel. A different twist to a time travel novel. Author has a number of other good stories.
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