"Brilliantly structured . . . with a delicious tension carefully developed among the wonderful characters." —The New York Times
Experience this far-reaching, mind-bending science fiction adventure that uses time travel to merge climate fiction with historical fantasy. From Kelly Robson, Aurora Award winner, Campbell, Nebula, and Theodore Sturgeon finalist, and author of Waters of Versailles
Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth from the underground hells, to reclaim humanity's ancestral habitat. She's spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately the kind of long-term restoration projects Minh works on have been stalled due to the invention of time travel.
When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
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Robson (A Human Stain) creates a high-tech far-future world radically altered by climate change and plague. In 2267, an ecological restoration team travels 4,000 years into the past to gather data to use in restoring a river ecosystem after climate change and other ecological disasters have forced most humans underground. The irascible Minh, who specializes in river restoration projects (and has six tentacle prostheses instead of legs), leaps at the chance to visit 2024 BCE Mesopotamia to collect samples to take back to the future. Joining her are Kiki, who goes to extreme lengths to join the team; tactical historian Fabian, an employee of the group that developed time travel; and Hamid, who's eager to study the plentiful animal life. Upon arrival, they discover a plethora of material, but they also wind up in the crosshairs of a Mesopotamian king and a moon priestess. Robson's work offers much food for thought, but the world is initially confusing and the story builds slowly. The second half, however, brings plenty of action as distrust and paranoia build among the group and they inevitably tussle with the locals. This richly imagined adventure marks Robson as an author to watch.