Blackout by Connie Willis

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Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place, with scores of time-traveling historians being sent into the past. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees and trying to talk her thesis adviser into letting her go to VE-Day. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz. But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments and switching around everyone’s schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids, blackouts, and dive-bombing Stukas—to say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.

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 January 28, 2010 by Spectra. 513 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Recent months have brought us intriguing works from two authors known for their endeavors in this area: Harry Turtledove and Connie Willis.

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The Washington Post

Science fiction and the historical novel only seem to be utter opposites.

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Denver Post

A recent online issue of the trade journal "Locus" featured an article about how the science fiction and fantasy field has been trying to find an heir to Robert Heinlein.

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Bookin With Sunny.

Connie Willis does not write “hard” or “nuts and bolts” science-​​fiction enjoyed by physi­cists of every gender, but she gives her readers an exciting ride through the some­times ter­ri­fying sweep of history.

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The Zone

The seeds of this unhinged vision of history are present in Willis' attitude towards the generation that fought the war: And mostly the book's about all the people who "did their bit" to save the world from Hitler - Shakespearean actors and ambulance drivers and vicars and landladies and nu...

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