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Here and Now and Then

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,012 ratings  ·  1,224 reviews
To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a b
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2019 by Mira Books
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Tracy There are some instances of adult language and two very nondescript mentions of sex. I'd say if you're comfortable allowing them to watch a PG-13 movi…moreThere are some instances of adult language and two very nondescript mentions of sex. I'd say if you're comfortable allowing them to watch a PG-13 movie, this book may be considered appropriate for them. I listened to this book with my 7-year-old in the car but I am more open about adult language with her when listening to books. (less)

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Larry H
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars, rounded up.

I know I'm not the only one who finds novels about time travel utterly irresistible. It's not the science of time travel that fascinates me, although I'm always drawn in by the possible paradox of running into yourself somewhere in time. For me, it's more the thought that one single action, even the smallest gesture, can set off a chain of events that could change the world as we (or the characters) know it.

In Mike Chen's new novel, Here and Now and Then , Kin (short for
K.A. Doore
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2018-reads
This book. THIS book. THIS BOOK.

Here and Now and Then is a perfect little sci-fi gem, with just a touch of literary. When time traveler Kin gets stuck in the 20th century, he does what any reasonable person would do: fall in love and start a family. This turns out to be a perfectly good plan - until suddenly the rescue team shows up, almost two decades too late. Now Kin is back in the 22nd century, where for everyone else it's only been a week, but for him it's been an entire life. He really tri
Angela M
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy time travel stories every once in a while and I just accept the moving from one time to another, paying little attention to the details of what gets the character there and back and sometimes back again. The important things for me are the characters and their relationships and how they manage in the different years. So I tried to ignore the technical details put forth here, although some of it, of course was important to how the story plays out. The “technical” details in the story didn ...more
Katherine Riley
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here and Now and Then is a superbly plotted technological twister about a husband and father forced into an impossible choice. The science is precise and clever, and Chen deftly serves up each unexpected turn, in the process constructing his own impossible — two poignant and disparate lives simultaneously experienced by one person. As a writer I read with admiration, and as a mother I sometimes needed a handkerchief.
Crystal Brown
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2018, arcs
Y'all, I have a special place in my heart for time travel and I love reading about future tech. It's the reason I love Black Mirror so much--seeing possibilities.

I don't read nearly enough speculative fiction and Here and Now and Then has given me the nudge I needed.

One of the things that made this book so enjoyable for me is that there is plenty of technology involved, but we don't get bogged down in specs and the kind of extraneous detail that sometimes makes my eyes glaze over.

I think it work
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen is a science fiction fantasy novel. This particular time travel adventure takes a look at what happens if things in the past are changed by the time travelers.

Kin is from the year 2142 when time travel becomes common and is an agent for the Temporal Correction Bureau (TCB). The agents of the TCB are tasked with going back and protecting the past from corruption as any little change can change their future that is yet to come.

However, Kin gets sent on an assignm
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Mike Chen’s debut novel Here and Now and Then begins with a man out of time. Kin Stewart is an agent for the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) who gets stuck in the late 1990s when his retrieval beacon gets damaged. It takes two decades for the Bureau to find him, and by then he’s broken their cardinal rule not to mess with the past by marrying his wife Heather and fathering a daughter, Miranda. Corruption to the timeline is negligible, so the TCB allows him to return to his job and agrees to let ...more
Nicki Markus
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here and Now and Then was a perfect mix of family drama and sci-fi adventure. Kin and his predicament caught my interest from the first chapter and held it throughout. The time travel elements were well thought out and blended seamlessly into the tale. I was never left questioning the viability of anything that took place. Kin was an engaging character--as a reader, I desperately wanted him to succeed--and overall this book was a real page-turner that was hard to put down at the end of each read ...more
Wendy Heard
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, literary, genre-bending sci fi novel about a time traveler and his love for his daughter. Kin's mission to reach across time and space to save his beloved daughter is both touching and terrifying. Fans of THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE and DR. WHO will love Mike Chen. I can't wait to see what he writes next! ...more
Joy Clark
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc, 2018
This is why I love NetGalley. I pick up a book that I normally wouldn't look twice at and end up finding a gem. This is a quick, original read that says a lot about the love of a parent for his/her child. It's much more than a typical scifi with layer upon layer of goodness and depths of feeling that many of this genre fail to reach. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the movie adaptation (cause I don't see how someone won't buy the rights to this one). Oh, and I forgot to add that an ...more
Allison Hurd
Dear book, it's mostly me, but it's somewhat you. We didn't work well together. This could be seen as a story of what a father will do (sometimes, when people tell him it's okay) to save his daughter. It could also be the story of how one dude callously ripped apart the lives of three women, sometimes multiple times each, and then said "but it's because I love you," afterwards so, you know, totes a good guy.

CONTENT WARNING: (no actual spoilers, just a list of topics) (view spoiler)
I absolutely LOVED Here and Now and Then! I'm not a huge reader of the Sci-Fi genre but when I saw this one nominated for the best of Sci-Fi in the Goodread's Best of 2019, I thought I would check it out. It was fabulous from start to finish. It's a time traveling book that is quite different from others that I have read and the ending captured my heart forever!

I'm not going to give you the entire plot here because it would ruin it for you. Basically, a time traveler who should have been "retri
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*NetGalley ARC
Kin Stewart experiences every time traveler’s worst fear; he becomes trapped in a time that is not his own. In 2142, Kin’s job is to travel back in time to thwart time-corrupting crimnals who try to alter the course of history. Tragically, on his 28th assignment, something goes terribly wrong, and he his unable to jump from 1996 back to his real life in 2142. With no choice but to adapt and assimilate into the 20th-21st century, Kin builds a new life, marries, and becomes a father
Love, love, love this book.
Candace Worrell
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
This was the time travel book I didn’t know I was waiting for. All anyone wants is for their kids to be ok, even if it destroys the world for everyone else. When innocuous advice like “follow your heart” upends the future and attempts to rectify it...I can’t go on without giving too much away. This book was one of my tops this year.
Tom Quinn
Nifty concept, but if they were more honest this would be called "Chekhov's Gun FROM THE FUTURE!" subtitled "Don't Think too Hard About It: Time Travel Stories Are In Right Now."

Here's the pitch: Mild-mannered nobody is really a time traveling somebody, and now he must choose between returning to The Future—kind of a big deal if you don't like paradoxes ripping spacetime apart—or staying in The Present with his beautiful wife and plucky tween daughter—kind of a big deal if you've spent 18ish yea
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully done story about the lengths a parent will go to for his child. Well done time travel and fast pace! Loved it.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one definitely gets off to an intriguing start! Time-traveling secret agent Kin is on a mission when something goes wrong and he gets trapped in present-day San Francisco. Somehow his memories of the past (well, future) get erased and cause blackouts every time he tries to remember them. He marries and has a daughter… and then the rescue team from the year 2142 shows up to retrieve him… whoops.

The writing is fast-paced, the sci-fi is just technical enough to be fun, but not bog you down, an
Donna Backshall
★ ★ 1/2 stars, rounded up to ★ ★ ★ for the effort

I really wish I could give Here and Now and Then a better rating, but it just didn't make the greatness cut for me.

Why? The entire novel had this stilted translated-from-another-language feel, all the way through. Everything was worded accurately, but hardly ever appropriately, more like a graphic novel than an actual words-only book. The text was littered with short sentence fragments, appearing just as often as actual sentences. Was I reading th
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, time-travel
3.75 stars

Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

*Please note there are some slightly spoilerish thoughts below.*

Kin Stewart is a secret agent from the year 2142 who time travels to catch criminals and due to a mishap - ends up stuck in the 1990s for 18 years. Despite his training where he is supposed to lead a solitary life, discard of any technology or trace that he is from the future and refrain fr
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 Stars
This was an entertaining science fiction thriller that had a similar feel to Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Very family focused, this one had  less emphasis on the science behind the time travel elements. I particularly enjoyed the references to science fiction pop culture as well as the sections involving gourmet cooking. In many ways, this read like a contemporary novel and will appeal to a general fiction audience. 
Vicky Again
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
4.5 stars

I know I don’t read a lot of adult science-fiction (too many older white men who complain about things not being ~sciencey~ enough) but Here and Now and Then sounded right up my alley. And you know what? IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT.

I loved reading. I loved it so much.

I know Chen shared how he was scared it was too literary for adult science fiction, but it is definitely not too literary in my eyes. It was the perfect amount of literary–the dash of literary that makes it appealing to a mor
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
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Have you ever read those relationships that simply warm your heart and make you want to read about them nonstop?

That's exactly how I felt with Kin and Miranda. Just the sweetest, most heartfelt father and daughter relationship I've ever read. I've actually never read a book before where a father cared so much about his child that he would literally travel through time just to save their life and make sure they live a complete and happy one. Man, I'm almo
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-club-read
Allow me to steal part of Allison's review....

Dear book, it's mostly you and not at all me. We didn't work well together because I expected much more. This is a story about a dumb ass making a bunch of ridiculous decisions to save his daughter.
I had high hopes for the book which probably explains my extreme disappointment now. The concept was great but every time I thought "ooooh now the story will go here", it didn't go there and instead remained uninspiring. Let's point out a few unbelievabili
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5-4 stars

I have a not-so-secret love for time travel fiction so I've read many. What sets this debut novel apart from others is what happens in the past that ties the traveler to it.

Kin works for a secret time-traveling law enforcement agency in the year 2142 and travels back to 1996 on a mission where he is attacked by the criminal he is trying to stop and his return beacon is destroyed.

As far as Kin knows, he is stuck in the past forever, so eventually he builds a new life--falls in love,
Rating: 4 well-traveled stars

This is a wonderful, thought provoking foray into the world of time travel. I suppose this book would be classified as a Sci-Fi, or a Fantasy. However you classify it, it was an enjoyable, and wild ride. We meet Kin Stewart and his family; wife, Ashley and daughter, Miranda in the early 2,000’s. Kin is currently fighting excruciating headaches that he can’t explain; or at least he can’t explain them to his family. He has a suspicion as to what is causing them.

Kin is
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This time-traveling story is an emotional one. Kin’s place is not easy... How can you do parenting between 2 eras? That’s what happens when your rescue team doesn’t come before 18 years and you built a life for yourself in the era that you are stuck in... and that you care so much about your kid that you break a couple of rules to make sure that she’ll be okay. I muttered to myself all throughout the book. It’s so good, and all the feels...!!!

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in e
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Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, and struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142. Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affec
Meh. Explains less about time travel than any of the "greats"; and the same for adventure. Explains less about humanity than most, either. Your mileage may vary, but if it drives like a lemon, you may want to chase this with something more high-octane. ...more
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Mike Chen is the author of Here And Now And Then (a finalist for Goodreads Choice - Best Sci-Fi, CALIBA Golden Poppy, and the Compton Crook Award) and A Beginning At The End ("a brilliant, fragile path through the darkness" -- Library Journal). His short fiction is featured in Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View -- The Empire Strikes Back, and he has covered geek culture for sites such as Tor. ...more

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