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What would you do if you could not only instantaneously travel to any time or place on Earth but could also visit an infinite number of divergent worlds? That's the crux of Chris Roberson's debut novel, Here, There & Everywhere, a surprisingly poignant story about one woman's wild ride through time and space in search of her place in the universe.
Roxanne Bonaventure, the precocious daughter of a widowed British professor, gains the power to travel through time when she is given a strange silver bracelet from an old woman who suddenly appears before her, hands over the device (called the Sofia), and promptly disappears in a flash of light. As Roxanne matures -- and learns how to fully utilize the Sofia's capabilities -- she begins a journey that will take her to Victorian England; ancient Egypt; alternate Earths populated by sentient dinosaur-men, winged humans, and genius rats; and the very end of time itself. But will Roxanne be ultimately alone in the universe, or can she find someone to share her life with?
Since the publication of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells in 1895, time-travel stories have been a staple for genre readers. And although fans are all too familiar by now with plotlines concerning grandfather paradoxes and butterfly effects, Roberson's ingenious take on time travel is like a blast of invigorating freshness into a room full of stagnant air. As profound as it is irreverent, Here, There & Everywhere is an enthralling blend of science fiction, alternate history, adventure, and mystery. Reminiscent of Rudy Rucker's classic Master of Space and Time, Roberson's debut is, above all else, pure unadulterated fun. Paul Goat Allen