The Future of Another Timeline

The Future of Another Timeline

by Annalee Newitz


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A revolution is happening in speculative fiction, and Annalee Newitz is leading the vanguard."—Wil Wheaton

From Annalee Newitz, founding editor of io9, comes a story of time travel, murder, and the lengths we'll go to protect the ones we love.

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?

Praise for The Future of Another Timeline:

"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)

"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765392107
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 92,590
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

ANNALEE NEWITZ is an American journalist, editor, and author of fiction and nonfiction. They are the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and have written for Popular Science, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post. They founded the science fiction website io9 and served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008–2015, and then became Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo and Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica. Their book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction was nominated for the LA Times Book Prize in science. Their first novel, Autonomous, won a Lambda award.

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The Future of Another Timeline 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Shoeguru 22 days ago
I have never read anything like this and hope to read more from this author in the future. When there is a war in the timeline, Tess and Beth end up being involved in the aftermath. In this book, there are two factions that travel through time and have the ability to modify the outcome of history, culture, and life. The women's group is the Daughters of Harriet after feminism pioneer Harriet Tubman. The men's group is the Comstockers. They are able to use the portals that are found to travel to different points during history to affect change. The women dedicate their lives to attempting to make edits in time that will help shape the future. In this book, the Comstockers are trying to destroy the portals. I loved the style of writing and the overall content of the book. This was one of the most creative books I have ever read.
Anonymous 23 days ago
A great book!
Anonymous 25 days ago
I enjoyed The Future of Another Timeline. It's a time travel story that expertly interweaves the stories of Beth, a riot grrl in the early 1990s, and Tess, an older lady who goes back in time to fix, not only her own life, but also some timeline edits that a group of chauvenistic men are trying to make. I loved how the author combined actual historical facts with a world where time travel is not only possible, but common knowledge. She expertly dribbles out information so the reader slowly finds out that the world Beth and Tess initially inhabit is not like our own in some pretty significant ways. Both Beth and Tess's stories are intriguing and make me want to continue reading the book. I definitely recommend it.
Anonymous 26 days ago
The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz was a hard read for me. At times it was really good and other times it was hard to follow along and I couldn't even really understand what the heck I was reading. It was confusing. The time travel part of the story would drag on for me and it would definitely loose my interest and I actually thought about skipping page's... I would have liked it more if there was more of the actually storyline going on. I love the cover of the book and it's beautiful colors. If you are into sci-fi and thriller/mystery/suspense storylines, this book may be a good fit for you and you should check it out! It's just not my cup of tea and not something I was really into it.
Anonymous 27 days ago
I loved the style of writing, it was easy to relate to and connect with. It easily connected with the pop culture references in the plot itself, while also pushing the narrative further when needed. However, my issues with the book began around 40% in. I found myself struggling to pick the book up once I put it down. The introduction and intriguing story it brings in the beginning pulled me in and extended that interest until the 40% mark. But once the action began, I found myself wondering what the characters were fighting for. I understood logically what they were fighting for, but I didn't feel it. The concept, and the plot line itself was very intriguing, but the writing itself made it that much harder to continue reading it. However, the book did grapple ideas that are needed in today's YA genre. It also opened up the question of how all of our actions impact not just ourselves, but the lives around us, and the lives we may touch without knowing.
mytwocents 27 days ago
Turn Marty McFly and Doc into women with an ax to grind, and you get The Future of Another Timeline! I found this to be a quick, entertaining read. Sometimes, I'm skeptical of time travel books because they skip around too quickly and I get disoriented. Thankfully, this wasn't the case here. Newitz is careful to make sure we're oriented to time and place. I thought that exploring the consequences of "editing" history was a cool premise. Despite the high body count, the emphasis on collective action bringing about change was somehow (however strangely) able to give the book a positive message. I wish we had gotten more details about how the time travel worked. Explaining it by saying that "no one understands" how it works seems like a tiny bit of a cop-out to me. (It didn't keep me from enjoying the novel, though.) The last 10-15% of the book lost me a smidge. Without including spoilers, I'll just say that things got a bit weird and tough to follow. I would've liked more explanation there. All in all, four stars. Thanks to BookishFirst and the publisher for sending me a paper ARC of this book,
Anonymous 27 days ago
First off, I love a good time travel novel. I think time travel is fascinating and there are so many different ways it’s depicted. The Future of Another Timeline really depicts time travel as a natural wonder, which I’ve never really seen before. I enjoyed the way it was different from so many other time travel novels but it was a little confusing to get use to how the characters actually used time travel but overall it worked. The story itself jumps between Tess’s and Beth. For the majority of the book we follow Beth through her high school years during 1992 while we follow Tess between the present, 1992, the late 19th century, and her home time zone. For a while it felt like two completely separate stories, but it quickly meshed into one and I really enjoyed the way Newitz wove the story lines across the years. Past the time travel pieces, this book deals with two major questions. The first being the what if’s of women’s rights. What would life be like if women’s suffrage and other big women’s victories had never happened. Newitz paints an awesome picture of how small victories have had such significant impacts on women’s lives. The other topic she covers, is the moral conundrum of messing with time. One of the biggest discussions in the book is how do changes impact the future timeline? Do smaller changes or bigger changes make a bigger impact and how do we protect the timelines from colliding. We never get an answer but the quote below was one of my favorites about how we impact change in general. “Collective action means that when someone does something small or personal, their actions can change history too. Even if the only thing that person ever does is study ancient rocks, or listen to a friend.” Newtiz does a really great job of writing a sci-fi novel with tones of feminism and moral obligations while still keeping the tone upbeat and with a side of mystery.
ceeeff 27 days ago
This was a very, very interesting bit of speculative fiction with a decidedly feminist twist - the women (and non-binary) travelers described are quite literally waging war against those who would have women subjugated. Newitz has smartly twined together both the sickening 21st century "incel" community and 19th century conservative "moralists" to create One Big Bad, whose only goal is to take away any and all rights for women. What follows is a long romp ping-ponging through a couple different eras of time to stop the Big Bad, and while the plot could get lost in all of the ~Possibilities~ of time travel, it actually does a great job of keeping the story human-centered on our protagonists. Because of the focus on Beth and Tess, it becomes up to the reader to speculate on all of the ways that completely normalized time travel could effect the ever-fluctuating "main" timeline... I actually wanted to hear more about a minor character (Delilah)'s experiences traveling to prevent accidental deaths in service of a life insurance company. Newitz has created a fun little sandbox for my brain to play in during downtime. The plot can come across as a little heavy handed at times - the scenes where they confront Comstock are extremely... optimistic - but I think it is an excellent, uplifting novel for our times. (Note: I was provided an ARC by BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review)
Kelsey Bickmore 27 days ago
I got an ARC of this book from Bookish First. Somehow, from the first look that I read of it, I thought this was going to be a bit more entertaining than it turned out to be. I usually read books to escape from real life, but this book kind of dragged real life back in. I was a fan of the time traveling and I wished there was more explaining and finding out where the Machines came from, who built them, or how they came to be. The Tess parts of the story were interesting at times and I liked learning about some of the alternative history (the blurbs of real history at the back of the book were cool too) but I kept dropping out when it kind of got too, dare I say preachy? Plus she got to break the rules of time travel and she turned out okay, unlike the example that was mentioned as what happened when the rules were broken. The solution to her issues at the very end kind of seemed like a cop out to make it end happily for all the parties involved. I think I liked Beth's part of the story better, even if it did not involve the time travel so much, except on the peripheral. It felt better written, though again, I usually read books to escape reality and this was a big dose of it. This book was alright but I probably won't read it again, or recommend it. The cover is cool though.
WeezieL 27 days ago
BookishFirst ARC. The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz took me awhile to get into but once I did, I was hooked. I hadn't read anything else by Newitz but Wil Wheaton blurbed it so I knew I needed to read it. The beginning starts off a little confusing, anything to do with time travel gets confusing! But once I got into the cadence of the characters and the rhythm of the book, the pages flew by! The time travel got easier to understand and the flow progressed well. The sisterhood that Tess belongs to is fascinating and intricately woven. The way Newitz weaved Beth and Tess's stories was interesting. I now need to read more Annalee Newitz! I love how much this cover pops!! Magenta!! Yes! Very eye-catching! And the clock inside the flower is very interesting.
Momof2kids 27 days ago
"High Schooler Beth just wants to enjoy punk rock and live her teenage life" well that sounded like me in 1993! This part of the story, I loved. It was a trip down memory lane. Tess is from the future and she is trying to keep female rights alive as she battles a group of men who constantly are trying to take them away through out all points in time. The two must come together in order to make sure the future isn't changed. The story reminded me a little bit of the movie The Butterfly Effect, especially since one small minor detail that is changed can alter the course of the entire future. However, my head hurt reading this. Trying to keep up with all the rules etc of time travel and the science fiction aspect, took away from the story. I wish they had kept it simple and focused more on the task on hand.
KarlieSch 28 days ago
Time travel, punk rock, and feminism...what could be better?! The Future Of Another Timeline is a fun and unique read. It involves an alternate history, time travel, punk rock, and feminism... so you really can't go wrong here. I absolutely enjoyed the incorporation of true historical events with a twist. There's also an inclusion of some real science mixed with a dose of science fiction.  While the story follows two specific timelines, it contains a number of diverse and awesome characters (including some great LGBTQ+ representation). I highly recommend this book if anything I have said above appeals to you, you definitely won't be disappointed. I've already recommended it to my sister and cousin. I would love to see this book made into a movie one day. Disclaimer:  I received an ARC of this book from Bookish First in exchange for my honest review.