In the year 1996, David Singh, a time traveller from the future, coaxes a group of experts to the desolate farmstead of Blackwell's Rest in remote Australia. He achieves this by showing each recruit an object which convinces them beyond doubt to follow him.
Their mission is to construct a time machine using advanced wormhole-generating and quantum computing technology sent to them from the future. However, as the group begin their task, they learn a grim truth.
Events of the past and future are unalterable. Free will is an illusion. Travelling back in time with knowledge of one's own future, yet not being able to change anything, can pose an immeasurable psychological burden. This is a Novikov Window, the scenario of being trapped within an unalterable sequence of events, like a passive actor living in a play scripted by fate.
To avoid Novikov Windows, knowledge about the future is closely guarded, breeding suspicion and manipulation amongst the team. Some refuse to accept their lack of control and attempt to alter history. What begins as a thrilling scientific adventure takes a dark turn as the group is faced with increasingly difficult and unethical missions.
Torn apart by their moral and ideological differences, the community frays and each individual struggles to find a sense of purpose and redemption. How can they find hope in the face of impossible decisions, in a universe where there are no choices?
Redditor Bweeb "asked 1200+ authors for their 3 favorite reads of the year", then "crunched the results to see what new and old books were the most-read of 2023".
1,383 authors were asked for their 3 favorite reads in 2023. Novikov Windows appears in the list of books published in 2023.
Doctor Dinesh Palipana OAM, author of Stronger.
Paul Levinson, PhD, author of more than a dozen time travel novels and stories, including The Plot to Save Socrates, Unburning Alexandria, Chronica (the Sierra Waters trilogy); The Chronology Protection Case; The Loose Ends Saga; Ian's Ions and Eons; and Marilyn and Monet.
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Chris Cosmain about time travel.
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Novikov Windows: A Time Travel Novel is my first book.
Time travel science fiction is one of my favourite genres and for many years I’ve wanted to write a time travel tale. In writing Novikov Windows: A Time Travel Novel, I wanted to achieve two aims:
The first was to explore the emotional impact upon the characters of the premise that the past, present and future are unalterable. How would each person cope with the revelation that they have no free will? And how would they deal with the psychological impact that the twisted causality and bizarre closed timelike curves of time travel might unleash?
The second aim was to dive deeply into how a time machine might actually work in terms of the science and plausible technologies that might be leveraged. This is certainly a hard science fiction novel. While I allowed myself the odd flight of technical fantasy, I endeavoured to interpret existing scientific theory and current technological trends as accurately as possible.
Both the science and the philosophy of time travel subsequently steered the plot in interesting directions.
I have immensely enjoyed writing this novel and I sincerely hope that you have as much fun reading it!