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One Day All This Will Be Yours

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  777 ratings  ·  210 reviews
The bold new work from award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky  - a smart, funny tale of time-travel and paradox

Welcome to the end of time. It’s a perfect day.

Nobody remembers how the Causality War started. Really, there’s no-one to remember, and nothing for them to remember if there were; that’s sort of the point. We were time warriors, and we broke time.

I was the o
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Solaris
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Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
“We were the time warriors, and we killed time.”
Somewhere, no - somewhen, at the edge of Time (or whatever is left of it after the time-shredding Causality War) is a peaceful idyllic farm where the last survivor of the time war spends his days tending the crops, restoring old Soviet tractors, feeding his pet allosaurus — and murdering any remaining time travelers that come to his “when”, a bottleneck in Time. This is the only way he sees to prevent yet another Time War.
“They all end up
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
How I Learned to Love the Time Travel Bomb

4.5 stars. Full review, first posted on

What’s a grumpy, misanthropic time traveling warrior to do? Governments and factions have misused time travel machines, each using their time machines to remake the past in the way they want it to be, over and over again. Time travel machines really are the ultimate weapon: if you go back far enough you can change history enough that your enemy never has a chance. Except that your enemy’s time
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
That thing we did, that broke everything in the universe; which left all of history in a scatter of sharp-edged shards so that nothing led to anything—that war, that lunacy, that terrible, terrible time-to-end-all-times—must never come again. And to that end, I would set a trap. I would create a bottleneck here at the near end of the rest of time. I would ensure that anyone travelling into the future from that broken desert of glass would find only one thing: me. They would find me, and my alarm
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-shelf, sci-fi
So, when you just HAVE to have a really messed up, misanthropic, let's-kill-all-the-universe-right-now kind of story, this one is always available.

Because, let's face it, we all sometimes need a fantastically misanthropic tale to get us through the day.

Of course, if you wanted a novella that reminds you quite a bit of This Is How You Lose the Time War with the love, the constant Princess Bride feel, the murderous intent, PLUS a bunch of time-hopping that isn't quite as poetical but is still defi
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tchaikovsky always demonstrates a flair for infusing, sparingly but deftly, some deliciously humorous elements in his writings, but with One Day All This Will Be Yours he takes it to a whole new level.

This is a story of a war gone wrong - very, very wrong - after the introduction of time travel. And one man's mad quest to ensure it won't ever happen again, at any cost, morality be damned. Tchaikovsky proves, once and for all, the ultimate futility and devastation of a time war, especially once t
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. The story’s narrator, the sole survivor of the War To End All Wars, lives on a farm at the end of the world. He’s a time warrior and occasional murderer of errant time travellers. Whenever someone gets there, he makes sure they’ll finish their journey in the belly of his pet Allosaurus, Miffly. And after that, he makes a time-travel to destroy his unwanted guest’s culture ability for travelling in time.

He has good reasons to act this way, and he believes he’s doing it to sa
Montzalee Wittmann
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One Day All This Will Be Yours: Signed Limited Edition
by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Hardcover, 192 pages
Expected publication date: March 2nd 2021 by Solaris

This is a clever and witty look at time travel and a fellow that wants to be the last time traveler and last person on Earth. He has Miffly, his pet Allosaurus, who he feeds time travelers to. Our time traveler explains how too many travelers have broken time, fractured it beyond repair. To remedy some of the problems he picks off other travelers, goe
Nils | nilsreviewsit
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is only my second time reading a story by Adrian Tchaikovsky but I’ve already begun to see how versatile, bizarre and wonderfully imaginative this author is. One Day All This Will Be Yours is a post-apocalyptic novella set in a time where a war, known as the Causality War has caused much devastation, to be more precise it has ended the world. No one can be sure who started the war but we do know that it began after the invention of time travel; Causality Bombs were unleashed, and time was b ...more
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A disillusioned soldier from the causality war (the war to end all wars) retired as hermit farmer at a place at the end of times. His sole goal in life is to make sure nobody is ever timetravelling again to prevent the possibility of more war. So any timetraveller arriving at the end of time is in for a very nasty surprise - involving one of the coolest pets ever.
Of course his contemplative life comes to an abrupt end when one day somebody arrives he can't get rid off so easily.

What a relief to
"One Day All This Will Be Yours" is a prime example of why time travel stories will always be poignant, relevant, and fascinating. No matter how many time travel stories you've read, Tchaikovsky has managed to make the genre fresh and new with his new twists on the subject at hand. For we know find that time travel is the ultimate doomsday weapon. Each side with its glorious time soldiers keeps changing the timeline to their side's benefit until it all breaks with a thousand shards of time adrif ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian Tchaikovsky has created a delightfully awful character and concept in this story of a time traveller living at “the end of all time” after numerous, terrible wars, tending his farm and living with his lovely, terrible pet, Miffly. (Can I just say how MUCH I loved Miffly!)
Things are placid and safe, and if he wants to see a show or eat an outstanding meal, he can pop into his time machine and take a spin back to some earlier time for his experience.
And everything is going so well for him,
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Time travel is fun because it makes your head hurt (especially if the author takes a loose approach to explaining how time travel works). Time travel is fun because of the nonlinear story possibilities. Time travel is fun because you can see what happens when you try to kill your own ancestors. This book has all of that plus dinosaurs and soviet-era tractors! Honestly, Tchaikovsky has written a really fun novella here, fun and action packed and filled throughout with some casual misanthropy and ...more
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Where Tchaikovsky apparently plays a game of D&D by oneself. A delightful romp with an increasingly out of control cast of NPCs and a fascinating, The Forever War-ish / Looper-esque premise. ...more
3.5 rounded up. It’s been a week since I finished this book. I’ve just been really busy, but I need to write a review at least to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with the ARC. What a relief that this ARC’s formatting was not a mess like the last wine I read.

This is a brief book about love in the end times of a time war. Sounds similar to This is how You Lose Lose the Time War. But that is where the similarities end. Firstly, this story is much more straightforward and the nat
kartik narayanan
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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tl;dr: 'One Day All This Will Be Yours' is a wickedly funny and inventive look at time travel.

The novella's protagonist is the sole survivor of The War to End All Wars. That epithet seems unlikely given how many wars the world has seen, with each conflict being named so. But in this case, it might actually be true, since the weapons used
The Captain
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there mateys!  Adrian Tchaikovsky's work is always enjoyable so when I saw time travel and dinosaur I said Arrrr!  This was exactly as expected.  It was a quick and humorous read where the mechanics of the time travel made me noggin ache a little but I had a lot of fun.

The grumpy ex-soldier standing at the end of the broken world and broken time is a hoot.  How he spends his time (pun intended hardy har har!) is just delightful.  Sure he is crazy but that be part of the fun.  And the dinosa
K.J. Charles
Delightful comic romance about a battle-demented mass murderer attempting to put an end to history. You don't get many of those.

Time travel shenanigans, a terrific premise, a really well done romance of the completely batshit variety, and bucketloads of snark. Just hugely enjoyable, slightly in the way Murderbot is enjoyable but without any morals at all. And there's a pet dinosaur! What's not to like?
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have sat in the palaces of the Minoans before the Bronze Age Collapse. I have dined with the egalitarian philosophers of Harappa in the Indus Valley before the world turned and ground them to dust. I have taught whist to Archimedes shortly before a Roman soldier gutted him. Ahd yes, human achievement is a grand and splendid little candle in the great vast night of causality, but there's only so often you can watch it be snuffed out before it's easier to become the snuffer.

It's not an easy thin
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, science-fiction
Synopsis: The unnamed narrator is the last time soldier, surviving the War To End All Wars, and the end of causality. He created a kind of bottleneck at the end of times where everyone who wants to time travel to the future has to pass through. There, the narrator holds his grounds and kills off the trespassers, no matter if they come from the steamage, from ancient Greece, or newer times. His motivation for this is that there he wants to prevent another time war. After having killed other time ...more
Elizabeth Tabler
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One Day All This Will Be yours, Adrian Tchaikovsky's newest novella releasing in early 2021, is a brilliant and witty time-channel take on what happens when you are the only one left, and you damn well want to keep it that way.

Our titular narrator wakes up from his calm and untroubled clumber. He peers out onto his estate; there isn't a cloud in the sky. And, even if there was one, a little rain is good. Bring on the rain for us farmer types, he thinks. It is a beautiful day because everything
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stories of time travel have always fascinated me – particularly ones where the author explores the nature of time and causality. The paradoxes that could be produced are nearly a proof that travel back in linear time and free will are incompatible, but when did that ever stop a science fiction writer? In Adrian Tchaikovsky’s short 2021 novel One Day All This Will Be Yours, he imagines what happens when a wartime flurry of agents is actively modifying history at odds with each other, and the whol ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adrian Tchaikovsku is one of may favourites novelist, but with every new book, I can't keep wondering when he takes his ideas from. All right, I don't need to know as long as he have a new ones and makes the into stories.

Thank you NetGalley for giving me an ARC copy of this glorious novella.

One Day All This Will Be Yours takes us on a new level of time travel stories. Mostly because of the protagonist who lives alone at the end of times and wants to make sure that it stays like that. His main go
Ola G
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, short
8/10 stars

My full review is available on my blog here.

After a couple of disappointing books by Tchaikovsky I approached this novella with certain trepidation. After all, one can become too thinly spread, “sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread,” even without One Ring (unless you want to confess, Mr Tchaikovsky?) I needn’t have worried, tough – this novella is short and sharp and scathing, with long pointed teeth and unrelenting snarkiness that brings to mind the best that sta
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I mean, if in doubt, just generally screw up the world for everyone else, right? That's been the motto of human decision-making since Ug first hit Throg in the head with a rock, and it always seems to have gotten us through. Except for the whole Causality War and breaking everything there ever was into a million billion pieces, of course.

Taking place on the very edge of time, One Day All This Will Be Yours tells the story of the last survivor of the Causality War, a war in which humanity literal
Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Complex, clever, perversely funny. Packs a lot of surprises for a book so short, and even manages to pose a serious question despite reading like a politically incorrect romp.
Cons: If you don't like anti-heroes and open endings, this one won't be your cup of tea.
WARNING! There's talk of sex and a few F-bombs.
Will appeal to: Time-travel aficionados who aren't afraid to dip their toes into dark humour.
First off...DISCLAIMER: I requ
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
Thanks to NetGalley and Rebellion for eARC in exchange for an honest review.

First I need to comment on the title. Those who know, know.

In this new Adrian Tchaikovsky book, we follow the events of the end of time, or so we are repeatedly told by the Narrator. The Narrator, the last survivor of the Causality War, is defending the future from possible time travellers, accompanied by his lovable fluffy allosaurus, Miffly. He stands guard there in the future and whenever someone from the past comes
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book, really enjoyed it but aren’t exactly sure what happened during that book.


Maybe its just me but I have just finished One Day All This Will Be Yours and I loved reading it though I’m not 100% sure what exactly happened. This could be due to my old brain busting nemesis Time Travel.

Our narrator lives an idyllic life. He has an enormous farm with many hi tech robots to look after all the dirty jobs and on it lives his loyal pet Miffly. He spends hours just strolling a
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
True love is ... when you're trying to kill each other. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It's the end of times. Because the invention of time travel caused humanity to break causality. Forever. Or so the last time soldier thought. Until "someone" shows up and shows him a terribly gushing Utopia in the future. So of course he no longer just has to guard the Here and Now against the past but also against the future. (view spoiler)
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Oh so much fun. Novella the perfect length for this romp. The kind of Time Travel I like, that which embraces the paradoxes & chaos. Humorous, but with a bit of a thoughtful, even poignant, undertone.

Such a talented author. I'd probably even enjoy the books that have themes/subjects that I'm not actually interested in.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange of a review. All opinions my own.

This novella was so much fun to read.

You only have to mention time travels to me and I’m usually already on board, but time travel AND Tchaikovski equals to a very high hyper percentage. I was not disappointed. Ok, I literally just checked the details and saw that this is not a novella but a nearly 200 pages book. That may give you an idea of how little it took me to immerse myself in this world.

The plot is quite sim
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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“This is how we fought the Causality War. A war where you never saw soldiers from the other side, not because you were launching high tech projectiles at each other from ridiculous distances, but because you almost never occupied a common frame of reference. The weapons you launched at each other were cascading chains of historical events, and each one simultaneously hit and caused colossal collateral damage, and did no damage at all, because what was left in its wake was a happy smiling world with no idea there was a war on.” 0 likes
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