All Clear by Connie Willis

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Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling back in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of World War II, was a routine excursion for three British historians eager to study firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. But getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has turned Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal tourists into besieged citizens struggling to survive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s more to worry about than just getting back home: The impossibility of altering past events has always been a core belief of time-travel theory—but it may be tragically wrong. When discrepancies in the historical record begin cropping up, it suggests that one or all of the future visitors have somehow changed the past—and, ultimately, the outcome of the war. Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ supervisor, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the seemingly impossible task of rescuing his students—three missing needles in the haystack of history. The thrilling time-tripping adventure that began with Blackout now hurtles to its stunning resolution in All Clear.

About Connie Willis

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Connie Willis has won six Nebula Awards (more than any other science fiction writer), six Hugo Awards, and for her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams, John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Her novel Doomsday Book won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and her first short-story collection, Fire Watch, was a New York Times Notable Book. Her other works include To Say Nothing of the Dog, Bellwether, Impossible Things, Remake, Uncharted Territory and Miracle and Other Christmas Stories. Ms. Willis lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her family and is hard at work on her next novel, Passage.
Published October 19, 2010 by Spectra. 658 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(That said, some UK commentators have complained about faults in her research: errors about the 1940s London tube layout, and the like.) She has written many other good novels (including previous Hugo winners Fire Watch and Domesday Book, both about the same time-travelling institute, the former ...

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Denver Post

Yes, Colorado writer and science fiction novelist nonpareil Connie Willis bit off a bit more than she needed to chew on when cobbling up "Blackout" (published in January 2010) and its companion novel (or, rather, second half), "All Clear," which is in bookstores.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Award-winning science fiction author Connie Willis was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame for such critically acclaimed novels as Doomsday Book (1992) and To Say Nothing of the Dog (1998).

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Shiny Book Review

Instead, ALL CLEAR is an erudite, literate way to understand the importance of the so-called “minor players” of the war — in this case, the English people — and how they, too, “did their part” to keep Hitler and the Germans engaged, yet distracted, so the real munitions, troop movements, etc., wo...

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