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Book Introduction – and Why to Read It: Quantum Time Theory by Ned Huston

So I’m going to do something I don’t normally do – I’m going to give you a full book blurb. Then I’m going to give you the guest post – which is the rationalization the author sent me, at the instruction of his XX, as to why I should read his book. In the spirit of full disclosure, I haven’t read the book yet. It offers a full glossary, and I must admit that the opening pages – accompanied by the admonishment by the protagonist that the terms in his story are used uniquely, hence the glossary – were daunting to me as a result. I love Russian literature – but it too requires a glossary and footnotes (and usually a list of patronymics so you can keep all the various shortened versions of the characters’ names straight). It’s almost invariably an enjoyable read for me – unlike many, I genuinely enjoy the Russian classics and find them highly entertaining – but it does take effort and time, and neither of those are things I can offer up very freely these days. Still, after talking with the author, I’ve been assured that the comparison doesn’t hold true, and the terminology isn’t really all that unique, and that the story can be enjoyed without regular cross-referencing (or study). So I’m putting the book into my queue – you may yet see a full review on here, but in case my time remains less my own than I would like, I didn’t want you to miss out on learning about this addition to the time travel genre… (BTW, you’ll note the capitalization throughout the description and “why to read” – those indicate terms from the official glossary.) Enjoy!

Book Description – Quantum Time Theory by Ned Huston
8 brothers and sisters must learn how to Survive in a world where Time Travel is common, and the Present keeps changing every two to three weeks. They must endure the Seven Dangers of the Time World and Adapt to living in a Society of Time Travelers.

The Invention of the Time Machine has created a veritable gold rush of greedy people bent on getting rich by Changing Time. Changing Time has been made illegal and so has Traveling to the Past without a permit, but Time Traveling criminals don’t care! They’re hell bent on using Time Machines to Travel to the recent Past so they can make a Change that will create a profit for them in the Present. The only problem is one change leads to another, so come the present, millions of things have changed, not just one. The entire human race has been Wiped Out again and again and replaced with a new slightly different population. The Time Travelers don’t care—so long as they’re getting rich. There are so many lawbreakers trying to get rich quick that they’ve had to form a Syndicate to coordinate their Changes, so now a Change comes every two to three weeks. The Central Time Authority has been created to arrest and punish lawbreakers, but greed and corruption have prevented it from bringing Traveling to an end. Law-abiding Longtimers avoid being Changed by getting into short-range Time Machines called Safe Houses and Traveling around the Changes in Time. They have created a Society of Survivors who inhabit the Fourth Dimension and fight against Timecrime. Many of them live in Shawneetown, Illinois, a once great city made great again by a Change in Time. It is the second largest city in America and the headquarters of the Intertime Government and the Central Time Authority. It is also a hotbed of Timecrimers and Longtimers, the crossroads of Voiders, Pirates and the super-rich Eloi. So when the brothers and sisters of the Vann family, Shawneetowners of Reality 250, are approached by their oldest brother Amos to enter the Timeflow, they don’t know what they’re getting into. They don’t want to be Time Travelers or Longtimers. They just want to lead their ordinary lives. Instead, they have to Adapt to the bizarre environments they find themselves in and make a new way of life in an ever-changing landscape. Dexter Vann is just an ordinary guy starting out in life, but he and his brothers and sisters find themselves ​constantly starting over. They have to battle the Seven Dangers of a Time Traveler’s life: Bystanders, Timecrimers, Time Changes, other Time Travelers, Time Travel itself, Bankruptcy, and Mental Stress. Dexter Vann wants to start a career, find love, and settle down, but there’s just one problem after another. Can he and his brothers and sisters Adapt? Can they Survive? Can they too become Longtimers? Don’t count on it, because the Timeflow is a Deathworld.​

Why You Should Read This Book
The IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) thinks I should accompany my cover letter with an explanation of Why You Should Read This Book, but I think that’s unnecessary. There is a teaser on the back cover and more detailed information at my web site nedhuston.com. If all else fails, you could actually read part of the book to find out if it interests you.

However, I cannot stay true to the spirit of this book if I don’t make outrageous claims for it. I need to express the sheer Wonder that awaits you. So here goes.

I have been inspired by the gods and directed by the Muses to write this story. This novel is the first in a nine book series about the epic struggle of the Titans who preceded us in Time. Reading these books is akin to seeking the Holy Grail. A thrilling quest with a karmic destination. Each chapter depicts a new Reality, so you never know what will happen next. You get to experience what it is like to be a Time Traveler.

It is not possible to overstate the devastating consequences of the existence of too many Time Machines. Time Machine Proliferation is an unprecedented social problem that dwarfs in scope and seriousness every challenge the human race has faced in the past. Time runs completely out of control.

The actual nature of Time and our universe is so startling it is barely comprehensible by a three-dimensional mind. Reading these books will change your perspective on the universe forever.

The preposterous adventures of these characters will make you laugh out loud. But in the end you will gasp in awe at the depth and breadth of their strivings. The stunning conclusion creates a sublime bliss that sticks with you long after the novel is over.

I can only begin to describe the treasures that await you in this novel. I love this book. I have read it and revised it over a hundred times, and it still makes me laugh and cry and feel my hairs stand on end.

I envy you getting to read this for the first time.

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Dr. Ned Huston is a writer and college teacher who lives in Monterey County, California, but used to live in Illinois. He is not a Time Traveler, a spy for the Intertime Government, or a fugitive from Time Justice. He just has too much imagination.

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