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And besides, we all did it when it was our turn. He peered at Pierce. Stellar remnants are ejected into the void as the galaxies themselves fall apart with age.

Mars has dried, although occasional volcanic eruptions periodically blanket it in cloud. Pierce approached the table with all the enthusiasm of a condemned man approaching the gallows. Pierce had almost fallen over with shock. They lay together on the bed until curiosity got the better of him. Vividly sketched, but a sketch nonetheless.


We zoom in on a ten-thousand-year slice, an eyeblink flicker of geological time. Pierce followed his gaze. Our protagonist is Pierce, someone plucked out of time in the early 21st century after he fulfils the initiation of killing his own grandfather and we follow him as he progresses through his training to a full agent of the Stasis, his loves and lives yes, lives: It contains the sum total of all recorded human knowledge, after the end of humanity.

Someone has charlss coordinate things, especially when the Opposition are involved. Did you know about it? Stasis Control thus has access stroxs a theoretical maximum of 5.

I was your backup. The start of something vast.


Time travel is weird, confusing, pakimpsest inconsistent. The results were predictable: What have you done for our Father today? Memory diamond is an astonishingly dense and durable data substrate. Why we take the savages and leave the civilized to die. What happened to chaos theory??


They had no idea that these signs heralded the end of the current interglacial age, or that their extinction would be a side effect of the coming Yellowstone eruption—one of a series that occurred at six-hundred-thousand-year intervals during the early stages of the Lower First Anthropogenic epoch.

Meanwhile, at the balancing point between the star and the embryonic Jovian gravity well, other knots of dust are forming ….

Could you take this somewhere else? Oh, but they did. The decor, for one thing: It was another training assignment, but with six more years-subjective of training and a Stasis phone implant, Pierce now had some degree of independence. Overhead, three planets twinkled redly across the blind vault of the nighttime sky. A murder of crows—seminary students flocking to the watering hole—was raucously establishing its pecking order in the vestibule, one of the sailors had fallen forward across the table while his fellow tried to rouse him, and a working girl in a red wrap was walking toward the back wall, humming tunelessly.

This is how I love my sci-fi: His life—that part of it which you arrived kicking and squalling in time to share with him before the end—will pass in front of your eyes. For the first time in many months, Pierce resorted to his native language. Beyond it, ranks of angled wooden writing desks spanned the room from wall to wall.

Palimpsest – Charlie’s Diary

To try and prevent it? The character moments are sparse but it does create an interesting perspective on this epic backdrop of the cosmos. You will see me again, eventually. This allows him to accomplish wonderful things, but it also demands a great deal of tolerance from the reader.


They outnumber your fellow trainees three to one, for they take the training of new eumortals very seriously indeed. Good bleak stuff – I like how deep Charlie’s deep time really is. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that palimpesst continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

There were other changes, some of them internal. Granted, the world building is an essential part of the plot and sometimes the characters are thrown aside. What applications of the timegate are ruled out by the slot latency period, class? Didn’t really connect with this one, unfortunately. But it is our glory and our privilege that we can change ourselves.

Speculiction Review of Palimpsest by Charles Stross

She looked at him directly, expectantly. I’m not sure the Cryptozoic thing doesn’t create a paradox.

It is easier to shape by destruction than to force creation on the boughs of palimpses, but we must stand vigilant and ready, if necessary, to intervene even against ourselves should our hands stray from the straightest of strokes.

As Pierce raised his mug to his lips in unfeigned happy anticipation, his phone buzzed.