Albert E. Cowdrey's debut science fiction novel, Crux, is set on a 25th-century Earth ruled by unparalleled tyranny and decadence. After the enigmatic Time of Troubles in the late 21st century (where 12 billion people died in an apocalyptic conflict between the world's superpowers), humankind has slowly risen from the ashes and now, four centuries later, has colonized hundreds of worlds and made extraordinary scientific breakthroughs -- including time travel.
But when a wormhole generator is stolen by a group of radicals who call themselves Crux -- their mission is to go back in time and reverse the worst calamity in human history -- the lives of trillions of people are put in jeopardy. If one of the revolutionaries succeeds in traveling back in time to just before the Time of Troubles and somehow changes history, every single person in the 25th century could be instantly wiped out as if they never existed at all. When the members of Crux are caught before they can do any damage, a security force of time surfers is created whose job it is to travel back and forth through time to prevent others from altering history. But who is watching the watchers?
The four interconnecting stories that make up Cowdrey's Crux are filled with enough time paradoxes to keep readers fascinated until the very end. Fans of time travel novels like Michael Swanwick's Bones of the Earth and Harry Turtledove's Crosstime Traffic series (Gunpowder Empire and Curious Notions) should enjoy Cowdrey's brutally dark look at our future. Paul Goat Allen