Review: Time’s Chariot

Time's Chariot
Time’s Chariot by Ben Jeapes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was sort of another take on the recent Turtledove I read. It’s about the future, not terribly far, but someone discovered how to manipulate the time stream, and in doing so, accidentally created several new time streams, all with billions of people in them, which of course now must be watched over, and looked after. So they create a Home Time division, where they have various agents who go out and are time police, and others who are planted back in time and move forward through the time stream, observing and recording events and sending them back to be entertainment for the masses, since there isn’t much to do in the future, but live in your apartment. The people are hungry for new things, and observations of the various time streams is a fun thing – a future soap opera or mini-series. They record special events and daily life. Since people can be kept alive almost indefinitely, they can be sent, as one correspondent is, back to Rome around 1000 AD, and live through the rest of history, up until the 21st century, when they are to be recalled. But something goes wrong. And Rico Darren, who has gotten in trouble before, sniffs it out, and begins to follow what seem to be anomalies. He enlists the help of one of the higher ups in Home Time, and a fellow officer, and together they try and track what is going on and stop it, whatever it is. It’s a fun story, sort of a Starship Troopers, but with time rather than bugs, and although the science isn’t very “hard,” the fun is, although at times it got a little confusing to me as to who was what and where. But that happens to me. All in all, a rather more old-fashioned SF book, but enjoyable.

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