1992: After a confrontation at a riot grrl concert, seventeen-year-old Beth finds herself in a car with her friend's abusive boyfriend dead in the backseat, agreeing to help her friends hide the body. This murder sets Beth and her friends on a path of escalating violence and vengeance as they realize many other young women in the world need protecting too.
2022: Determined to use time travel to create a safer future, Tess has dedicated her life to visiting key moments in history and fighting for change. But rewriting the timeline isn’t as simple as editing one person or event. And just when Tess believes she's found a way to make an edit that actually sticks, she encounters a group of dangerous travelers bent on stopping her at any cost.
Tess and Beth’s lives intertwine as war breaks out across the timeline—a war that threatens to destroy time travel and leave only a small group of elites with the power to shape the past, present, and future. Against the vast and intricate forces of history and humanity, is it possible for a single person’s actions to echo throughout the timeline?
"Breathtakingly brilliant.”—The New York Times
"The Future of Another Timeline is the mind-blowing punk feminist sci-fi time traveling thriller you've been waiting for, and which our culture desperately needs. Packed with action, sass, righteousness, technology and danger,it just might be a perfect book."—Michelle Tea
"A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard."—Wil Wheaton, actor Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory
“Few stories are as smart, as nuanced, as exciting, and as unsettling as this one . . . engrossing and impactful.”—Karen Joy Fowler, bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
“Annalee Newitz combines time travel, multi-alternative realities and feminist politics in the fast-paced, complex and mind-blowing The Future of Another Timeline . . . a compulsively readable novel of controlled anger that, despite the horror, offers hope.”—The Guardian
"You close the book reeling with questions about your own life and your part in changing the future."—Amy Acker, actress (Angel and Person of Interest)
"Where the book really shines is in its page-turning plot and thoughtfully drawn characters . . . the story charges along until Newitz suddenly ties it all together with breathtaking finesse. An ambitious adventure that keeps the surprises coming."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Newitz's carefully built narrative of time travel and conflict is rooted in the drive and joys of intersectional feminism, sex positivity, and acceptance . . . This riot of a book will have readers delighting both in the thrilling battle over timelines in an intricate, alternative world and in the joys of inclusive feminist solidarity."—Booklist (starred review)
"[Newitz] highlights the truths of our past and possibilities of our future. The fantastical elements do not hide the all-too-real horrors women could face, but intelligence and hope are woven into every level."—Library Journal (starred review)
"An intelligent, gut-wrenching glimpse of how tiny actions, both courageous and venal, can have large consequences. Smart and profound on every level.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Irvine, Alta California (1992 C.E.)
Drums beat in the distance like an amplified pulse. People streamed over the dirt road, leather boots laced to their knees, eyes ringed in kohl, ears and lips...