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by Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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The third installment in the Time's Tapestry series features serviceable prose, but some of the unrealized futures that are shown seem highly dubious and like heavy-handed allegories for modern paranoias. Other developments appear to reflect Baxter's frustration with current space programs. The characters are unlovable but determined.

Baxter examines a family at three pivotal points in history. In 11th-century Spain, barbarian Christians and civilized Muslims squabble over how to apply information sent from the future. In the second section, information from the future is once again used as a weapon in the ongoing struggle between Muslims and Christians in 13th-century Spain.

Finally, the struggle becomes
about determining in which direction Columbus will set out, either to the
history we know or to a dystopia.
(Ace, Jan., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: James D. Nicoll

Publisher: Ace

Published: January 2008

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