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Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

4 Ratings: 3.5
A science fiction book by Orson Scott Card

Playing with the time stream isn't new to science fiction, but Card (Ender's Game), who's won both a Hugo and a Nebula, gives the concept a new twist here-with mixed results. His angle is to make the temporal interference not accidental but intentional, … see full wiki

Author: Orson Scott Card
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tor
Date Published: February 15, 1997
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Card shows brilliance and great insight in a futuristic tale that has a group of researchers studying history by having a viewer into the literal events of the past. With their own reality in danger of crumbling, they try to pinpoint an event in the past that could have changed everything and made their world better. They agree that if they can stop Columbus from beginning the New World exploration/conquering, their own future reality would be a lot better.

They determine that their viewing machine also has time travel abilities and they make plans to visit the past to change the present for the "better." Card has done an amazing amount of research into the life of Columbus and tells Columbus' tale almost like a novel, in the tradition of such classics as I Claudius and Quo Vadis.

Additionally, Card presents plausible explanations for Atlantis and the Noah stories. A good mixing of science fiction and history.

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