No Enemy But Time (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 8 Aug 2013
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The NEBULA AWARD-winning novel of time travel and the nature of humanity.
About the Author
Michael Bishop was born in 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska. After receiving an MA in English from the University of Georgia, Bishop taught at the USAF Academy Preparatory School in Colorado, but soon began placing his short stories with the likes of GALAXY SCIENCE FICTION, IF and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. His first novel, A FUNERAL FOR THE EYES OF FIRE, brought comparisons with Ursula Le Guin and James Tiptree, Jr and received a NEBULA nomination. It was followed by a number of critically acclaimed works including BSFA AWARD-nominated TRANSFIGURATIONS, ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD-nominated ANCIENT OF DAYS, and NO ENEMY BUT TIME, for which he won the NEBULA AWARD for Best Novel. Michael Bishop lives in Georgia, where he is writer-in-residence at LaGrange College.
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The central character, Joshua Kampa, is able to dream-travel back to the Pleistocene era when Homo habilis walks the plains of Africa. He then 'really' travels back through the help of a dream-time displacement machine to live amongst our ancestors.
Much of the book is taken up with Joshua's back story and upbringing, which I actually found more entertaining and insightful than the main plotline. The two story lines bring in concepts of racism and acceptance of outsiders and challenge our concepts of species. There are some amusing chapters dealing with the nature of dictatorship and politics in modern day African countries.
The author writes well although during the Pleistocene episode I actually burst out laughing at one point where the plot took on a Monty Python type way to resolve the story; I'm sure if you read the book you'll recognise the event! I'm a bit puzzled as to why the author resolved the story in this way.
The whole thing was really a bit weird and didn't quite gel for me, despite being well written!