The Ocean of Years
By Roger Macbride Allen
(Spectra, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553583649, 464pp.)
Publication Date: June 25, 2002
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Time Is Up
In a far-flung universe--where history is a timeshaft away--a manhunt begins to determine the future of a world....
Oskar DeSilvo was the founder of the planet Solace. As the director of its terraforming project, he literally made the world--but he’s been dead for over a hundred years. Or so Anton Koffield thought. Now, as Solace slides into ecological collapse, Koffield discovers that DeSilvo may still somehow be alive--and that the secrets he holds could save not only Solace but all of humanity.
But Koffield has his own reasons to find DeSilvo. Once a decorated officer of the Chronologic Patrol, he now battles against all they stand for to find the man who nearly destroyed him. Driven by a ruthless sense of justice and honor, Koffield takes his crew back through a timeshaft wormhole to a time and a place none of them have ever seen: Earth of the next century. There the search begins. A quest not only to explore the past--but to free the future from the clutches of a genocidal madman....
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"[A] well-rendered hero and a maddeningly provocative ending."
"Allen meets his usual high standard in the far-future combination of speculative hard science, social SF, and pure adventure."
"Mind-boggling ideas spice up an absorbing puzzle."