Connie Willis has a new book, and she will be discussing and signing Blackout at MG on Wednesday, February 3, at 7:00 PM. In her first new novel in seven years, Connie delves into time travel, war, and the actions of individuals that shape history. It’s a working chaos as usual, and time-traveling historians are leaving the Oxford of 2060 for a variety of significant times and events, when suddenly, assignments are canceled. It appears that the reliable mechanisms of time travel may be suffering difficulties, and that the belief that historians cannot alter the past may be wrong. Companion novel All Clear will follow in Fall 2010.
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first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie
Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time
travel, war, and the deeds--great and small--of ordinary people who
shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and
future collide--and the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and
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 and trying to talk her
thesis adviser, Mr. Dunworthy, into letting her go to VE Day. Polly
Churchill's next assignment will be as a shopgirl in the middle of
London's Blitz. And seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who has a major
crush on Polly, is determined to go to the Crusades so that he can
"catch up" to her in age.
But now the time-travel lab is suddenly
canceling assignments for no apparent reason and switching around
everyone's schedules. And when Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get
to World War II, things just get worse. For there they face air raids,
blackouts, unexploded bombs, dive-bombing Stukas, rationing, shrapnel,
V-1s, and two of the most incorrigible children in all of history--to
say nothing of a growing feeling that not only their assignments but
the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Because
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
From the people sheltering in the tube stations of London to
the retired sailors who set off across the Channel to rescue the
stranded British Army from Dunkirk, from shopgirls to ambulance
drivers, from spies to hospital nurses to Shakespearean actors,
Blackout reveals a side of World War II seldom seen before: a
dangerous, desperate world in which there are no civilians and in which
everybody--from the Queen down to the lowliest barmaid--is determined
to do their bit to help a beleaguered nation survive.
Psychologist Joanna Lander specializes in near-death experiences. Neurologist Dr. Richard Wright has the power to get Joanna as close to death as anyone can get. Using a psychoactive drug, Joanna's first experience is as fascinating as she imagined, and the place is hauntingly familiar. Just when Joanna thinks she understands, she's in for the biggest surprise of all.
For nearly a decade, Willis has dazzled readers with her short fiction. Her first novel, Lincoln's Dreams, received unanimous high praise and won the John W. Campbell Award. Now she pens a sensational work about human struggle and redemption set in the time of the Black Plague.