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All of an Instant

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The Instant is a medium of existence outside time, from which one can influence the past and the future - and hence, history itself. War dominates this strange abstract place - war among forces in contention for control of universal time and place.
Paperback, 283 pages
Published December 2000 by Tor Books (first published November 2nd 1999)
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I found this book at Dollar General in their discount section. The read was certainly much better than the couple of bucks I spent on it. I found the story to be quite engaging, a different way of looking at time travel and the consequences of every action. Although I have not yet gotten around to it, this one is on the re-read shelf.
I read this book two to three times up to now and am sure to pick it up again in the future.
Richard Garfinkle creates one huge metaphor for time travel and works with it to the last consequence.

Time travel is done by a chosen few tribes, who swim in the ocean of time, every movement they make creating a wave which in turn changes the world of normal people.
These changes are secondary to the travelers, change in the real world is constant, no one knows what the original history has once been. But
Paul Madarasz
This book strips away the glamor of the usual time-travel tales, with whole galactic civilizations disappearing, replaced by a stone-age earth -- thanks to bands of time-travelers who take it upon themselves to improve things by altering the past. It seems to me to be more realistic (if one can call time-travel realistic) than any other books in this sub-genre.
Mindfuck. One statement says it all. The hardest to imagine is the unimaginable.
My husband wrote this book, so I can't be objective. Please excuse my bias, and now I suggest going and reading the review of somebody with some perspective.
Scott Ross
i bought it for the title and the premiss. hard to follow. i keep putting it down for months at a time. not sure if i will finish it.
T Dale
Crap. I got just a few pages into this before I gave it up as a bad experience. The style is impossible for me to follow.
Michelle Ruedin
A beautiful and unique universe. I've never read anything with a vision of time quite like this.
Gad this was struggle to finish. I've no idea why I kept going.
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Richard Garfinkle grew up in New York and now lives in Chicago with his wife and children. His first novel, Celestial Matters, won the Compton Crook award for best first science fiction novel of 1996. Garfinkle was twice a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. He has written numerous fiction and nonfiction works on his interests of history, science, imagination, and the pret ...more
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