Millennium Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1985
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"Best novel I've read in months". -- New York Daily News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The classic time travel thriller from John Varley, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for excellence in science fiction.
In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC-10 and a 747 are about to collide.
In Earth's unimaginably distant future, a time travel team is suiting up for a rescue mission across the centuries.
And in the scorched grass of a California hillside, an air disaster investigator whose own life is coming apart at the seams is about to stumble across a horror that will change all of history . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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It was made into a film starring Kris Kristofferson in 1989, but given that I'd never heard of the film even when I knew about the book, I wouldn't hold out much hope for greatness!
The book, however, definitely is great. It is quite graphic and adult in places, but utterly compelling. The skill in writing alone was enough to make me check out Varley's other work (particularly the excellent "Titan").
This is one that deserves to be better known! Exciting and intriguing.
Bill Smith is the crash investigator who notices something odd. All the pieces don't add up, so to speak. Switch to the far future. Makes you think. Very imaginitive, & compulsive read.
I bought a copy of this years ago with a chrome paperback cover,(which looked very cool at the time...in fact, still does!); there was little on the back cover to tell the reader what it was about, only that it contained a story involving 'an appalling mid-air collision' and only slightly alluded to a time in the far distant future; the book was even listed under 'General Fiction'!
The story 'morphs' from, (what seems like) a novel entirely about a mysterious air-crash investigation, into a fully-fledged science fiction story, (not unlike the way the Quentin Tarantino film; 'From Dusk Till Dawn' does).
The chapters alternate between the two main protagonists, and switches back and forth the same way good action/adventure films do before all the 'loose ends' and mysterious sub-plots come together, and this manages to keep you on the edge of your seat until you've read it all...well, it did with me anyway!
Very compelling and well written, with well described characters...just don't let any youngsters read it until you've judged for yourself, as other readers have pointed out, there are some 'adult themes' contained within!
Still one of my favourite Sci-Fi books of all time, I hope it will be one of yours.
The story open with National Transportation Safety Board employee Bill Smith receiving mid-air collision. He assemble his team and sets of to investigate. The next chapter see Louise Balltimore assemble her team for a mission that is set to intersect that of Bill Smith.
From memory, initially the story alternates from each perspective. Sometimes relating the same scene as view from each of the two protagonist's perspective.
An exciting read, some cool time travel anomalies and a satisfying conclusion. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a good story, well told.
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