Blackout by Connie Willis
Oxford in 2060 is a chaotic place. Scores of time-traveling historians are being sent into the past, to destinations including the American Civil War and the attack on the World Trade Center. Michael Davies is prepping to go to Pearl Harbor. Merope Ward is coping with a bunch of bratty 1940 evacuees. Polly Churchill’s next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of London’s Blitz.
But now the time-travel lab is suddenly canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around everyone’s schedules. When Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II, things just get worse. They have the feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Suddenly the once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes are beginning to question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.
Blackout by Connie Willis is for both the Science Fiction reader and the history buff. Just a word of caution, Blackout isn’t the whole story; you really need to be prepared to read All Clear as well. Both can be reserved at the Haliburton County Public Library and by the time you are done, you will have read more than a thousand pages of this fascinating story.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.