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All of an Instant

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From the author of Celestial Matters, which won the Compton Crook Award for best first novel and earned the author two nominations for the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer, All of an Instant is a large-scale, ground-breaking SF novel. It chronicles the discovery of a medium of existence outside of time (the Instant), from which one can influence all past and futu ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 1999 by Tor Books
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May 08, 2011 Kookatchi rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 31, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
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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.
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.
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May 16, 2013 Paul Madarasz rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 14, 2014 Rohitashva rated it it was amazing
Mindfuck. One statement says it all. The hardest to imagine is the unimaginable.
Scott Ross
Jul 13, 2008 Scott Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fresno Bob
Oct 31, 2015 Fresno Bob rated it liked it
hmmm, interesting without being completely enjoyable
T Dale
Feb 19, 2010 T Dale added it
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
Oct 17, 2015 Michelle Ruedin rated it really liked it
A beautiful and unique universe. I've never read anything with a vision of time quite like this.
Jul 18, 2010 Robert rated it it was ok
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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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