By the twenty-seventh century, mankind has finally mastered time travel-and is driving recklessly towards wiping itself out.
The guerilla environmentalist group WorldSave, with its chief operative Ashday's Child, uses the Timeshaft to correct mistakes of the past in an effort to extend the life of the planet.
But the enigmatic Ashday's Child has his own destiny to accomplish, and will do whatever it takes within a complicated web of paradoxes to do so. While his destiny-and very existence-is challenged from the beginning to the end of time, he must collect the key players through the ages to create the very Timeshaft itself.
"Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?" he asks.
Stewart Bint's Timeshaft is an expertly synchronized saga of time travel, the irresistible force of destiny, and the responsibility of mankind as rulers of the world.
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As technology advances mankind seems a button press away from wiping itself out. The shadowy organisation of WorldSave and their top operative, the enigmatic Ashday's Child, prevent catastrophe on a regular basis because they have access to the Timeshaft, which enables them to go to any point in time and stop events before they can cause disaster. However, after a routine training mission hits problems, Ashday's Child must save not only himself and his companions but the fabric of time itself. With cause not necessarily occurring before effect, it may be that saving the future will heal the past. Time travel has always been a fascination for science fiction writers as it opens up so many possibilities. Where most of these use time travel as a method of getting their characters to where they need to be, in Timeshaft it is the time travel itself that provides the story. Bint allows his imagination to construct future and past versions of earth but always the time travel aspect is to the fore, with the plot carefully constructed like a clock so that in the end all the parts fit together perfectly. This matters because the time travel in Timeshaft is one where the time travel has always taken place; it is not like Back to the Future where Marty's antics in the past then change the future; here the future is the way it is precisely because someone has travelled back in time and changed something. It's a tricky thing to pull off yet Bint seemingly does this with ease. If you are looking for a good science fiction story with drama and great ideas, you can't go far wrong
The paradoxes alone are enough to keep your full attention. This book is expertly written and reads so quickly you wonder how it is over so fast. Stewart Hint creates a fantastic journey for us and introduces us to a great many possible futures, if only we don't destroy ourselves first.