Here and Now and Then

Here and Now and Then

by Mike Chen

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To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, not years, and where another family is waiting for him. A family he can’t remember.

Torn between two lives, Kin is desperate for a way to stay connected to both. But when his best efforts threaten to destroy the agency and even history itself, his daughter’s very existence is at risk. It’ll take one final trip across time to save Miranda—even if it means breaking all the rules of time travel in the process.

A uniquely emotional genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then captures the perfect balance of heart, playfulness, and imagination, offering an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488099588
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,515
File size: 965 KB

About the Author

Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

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Here and Now and Then 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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bamcooks 18 days ago
*3.5-4 stars I have a not-so-secret love for time travel fiction so I've read many. What sets this debut novel apart from others is what happens in the past that ties the traveler to it. Kin works for a secret time-traveling law enforcement agency in the year 2142 and travels back to 1996 on a mission where he is attacked by the criminal he is trying to stop and his return beacon is destroyed. As far as Kin knows, he is stuck in the past forever, so eventually he builds a new life--falls in love, marries, starts a family. He barely remembers his former life...until the day, eighteen years later, when a strange man appears in his back yard and insists he's there to take him back to the future. What will happen to Kin's family? Can he pick up the strings of his life in 2142 and forget about 'the past?' The answers to these questions and others make for some fascinating reading. There are flaws in the story, a few in the plot and some in the characters and how they react to each other emotionally, but I still thought this was an entertaining read, not heavy on sci-fi details. Very good for a debut work by this author. I received an arc of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. I apologize for taking so long to read and review it.
runnergirl83 3 months ago
Kin seems like your average, normal person; he works, he's married, and he has a teenage daughter. But he is actually a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. He was stranded in San Francisco in the 1990s after a mission went wrong. And now eighteen years have passed. Kin has kept his past a secret from his family, but it has been hard lately since he has suffered from more and more blackouts and memory loss. His family is worried about him, but he can't tell them the truth, that he is a time traveler and his brain is having a hard time handling two time-lines. The body was only meant to remember one. He is rescued and sent back to his own timeline. Well, eighteen years have passed for him, but it has been a mere few weeks in his time. While he was in the past, his brain remembered some of his life from his own timeline, but he had forgotten large chunks of it. Now he is remembering parts and people he had forgotten. He is torn between the fiance he had forgotten he had and his wife and daughter from the past. Eighteen years is a long time, and he worries about his family, particularity if his daughter is going to be okay. Oh, I just loved this one! It reminded me a bit of The Timekeeper's Son by Mike E. Miller. The storylines were both different, it just reminded me of that because it also had time travel and was just such a good, imaginative story. I read through this one quick, it was such an enjoyable story that drew you in. I liked the characters. It was a dad worrying about his family, a genuine good guy when it came down to it. If I'm looking for a nice, solid, science fiction story that has some time travel in it, this really hits the spot. This is the debut book from this author and I'm looking forward to reading more books by him in the future.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I'm a sucker for books posing impossible moral dilemmas, and empathetic characters who try their darndest to puzzle their way out. In Here and Now and Then, Kin is an ex-agent from 2142 tasked with preventing rogue time-travelers from changing history. When a mission goes wrong, he finds himself injured and trapped in 1996 without his "future" memories. He marries, gets a tech job, and has a daughter. Fast-forward to 2014, when a team from good old 2142 manages to locate and "rescue" him. Turns out, Kin has an unfinished life and family in the future, too. And if the ancient website data is true, all does not end well for the daughter he was forced to abandon in 2014. What's a protective dad, unstuck in time, to do? Author Chen engages well with these tough questions, and while I read I kept can this possibly end? Will there be a convenient cop out to tie everything together? NO! The ending is perfect, an emotional punch in the face (the best kind) that I didn't see coming at all. Pack some tissues for the last chapter. You've been warned.... Thanks to NetGalley and Mira for providing an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
gctogs 9 months ago
Mike Chen’s debut novel Here and Now and Then begins with a man out of time. Kin Stewart is an agent for the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) who gets stuck in the late 1990s when his retrieval beacon gets damaged. It takes two decades for the Bureau to find him, and by then he’s broken their cardinal rule not to mess with the past by marrying his wife Heather and fathering a daughter, Miranda. Corruption to the timeline is negligible, so the TCB allows him to return to his job and agrees to let Miranda live, as she had little effect on history. Kin longs to know how his daughter’s life turned out, and the actions he takes when he finds out puts both their lives—and the world as he knows it—at grave risk. Here and Now and Then succeeds at all the fundamentals: strong premise, likeable characters, focused plotting, steady pacing. The novel takes few risks though. It ignores intriguing dramatic possibilities in favor of the standard action movie scenario of a father trying to rescue his daughter from certain peril, and there is minimal pulse-raising in terms of suspense and upping the stakes. It’s a pleasant and emotionally satisfying time-passer, if not very distinctive.
Sunshine1006 10 months ago
Kin is a secret agent, a time traveling agent who gets stranded in the 1990's. He is from 2142. He decides to go on with his life, marrying and having a child. The Temporal Corruption Bureau finds him and wants him to go back, but he has a family now. If he runs, he becomes a fugitive like the ones he is here to apprehend. It's a story of time travel, but mostly of family. I loved the interaction between the characters but mostly the love. I received this book from Net Galley and Harlequin- Mira for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kaleena 10 months ago
This book took me completely by surprise in the best of ways! I had been in a reading slump for 20 days and nothing that I picked up could hold my attention, but when I picked up Here and Now and Then it was like I had been waiting for this book. The story is so much more than just a science fiction story about a man stuck between two times: it's about the love our main character feels for his family and being torn between two lives. Kin is from 2142 but was stranded during a mission in 1996. Despite there being strict rules about maintaining the timeline, he goes against them when it becomes obvious that he won't be rescued. Eighteen years later he remembers nothing of his past life in 2142 but snippets he wrote down in a journal about time travel and the bureau he worked for, but nothing of the life he left behind. He has a wife and daughter and is happy. But rescue finally comes and it is time for him to leave the only life he knows - the one that should never have existed - for the one he left behind. But he will do anything to protect them, include leaving them without a word. "The future versus the past. He couldn't choose between his new life and his old life. Not now. Not like this." I really enjoy time travel stories and this is one of the best ones I've read so far. This is more than a time travel story, it is a tale about a man that will do anything for the people he loves. The book hooked me in from the first sentence and drew me in. I'll admit that while I loved Kin (short for Quinoa, he was born when it was a fad to name children after foods) from the start, it took me a little bit of time to warm up the other characters. But once I did I wanted to protect each of them with all of my heart. At the heart, Here And Now And Then is a speculative look at what our world could look like in 150 years. The technologies and advancements of the future are discussed through time travel: Markus always stopping for fast food because they don't have food like that in the future, needing special technology to look into the social media of the past for research, bringing a pair of chopsticks because in the past they still use forks. Despite there being injections available to prolong life, there are still people that prefer to live without. It feels so authentic to life now that I didn't need to suspend any disbelief and it almost felt like I was reading a contemporary because the heart of this story is really the characters and their relationships. This a definitely a character driven story, but the worldbuilding is effortless. Chen doesn't get bogged down with the details of describing the landscape but provides just enough information about the future for the reader to suspend disbelief. Without these little asides to draw out the differences, 2142 feels very similar to the present and makes the story all the more believable. Except of course the whole time travel thing, but then again he does work for a secret government agency. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it! There is so much I can say about the story but really I think this is one where going in as blind as possible is best. If you like character driven stories and science fiction that feels effortless, you need to read this book! REPRESENTATION: racially diverse world, gay side character (m/m), PTSD CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS: loss of a loved one, death, grief Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
One of the most imaginative books I’ve ever read. Thx you
Anonymous 3 months ago
You should read it.