Time Was
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Time Was

3.51 (1,208 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.51 (1,208 ratings by Goodreads)
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Description

Ian McDonald weaves a love story across an endless expanse with his science fiction novella Time Was

A love story stitched across time and war, shaped by the power of books, and ultimately destroyed by it.

In the heart of World War II, Tom and Ben became lovers. Brought together by a secret project designed to hide British targets from German radar, the two founded a love that could not be revealed. When the project went wrong, Tom and Ben vanished into nothingness, presumed dead. Their bodies were never found.

Now the two are lost in time, hunting each other across decades, leaving clues in books of poetry and trying to make their desperate timelines overlap.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 128 x 203 x 9mm | 172g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765391465
  • 9780765391469
  • 434,064

Review quote

With echoes of H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and replete with the inimitable scent of used bookstores, Time Was weaves an exquisite spell of love, war and quantum physics that is timeless in its appeal. A scientific romance in the most evocative sense of the word. --Nina Allan

McDonald's gift for storytelling is on full display as he captures the emotional nuances of a decades-long love while exploring issues of military and scientific might and the state of the contemporary book industry. --Booklist
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About Ian McDonald

IAN McDONALD was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He is the author of Luna: New Moon and Luna: Wolf Moon. He has won the Locus Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He now lives in Belfast.
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Rating details

1,208 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 17% (208)
4 33% (402)
3 35% (428)
2 12% (140)
1 2% (30)
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