I’m reading through my time travel book one more time before I pass it on to my beta readers. I finished writing it this last week, and at 130,000 words it is one of the longer books I have written. I plan to have it ready for Amazon Kindle by the end of March.
Like I’ve said before, I’ve always liked time travel stories, like The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, or The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein. Even later books, like The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter or The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland were interesting. They all dealt with time travel but did it differently.
For my book, I began with a few questions. They were simple, really, at the start. What if only certain people could feel the changes in the time stream? What if it made those sensitive people physically sick each time something changed? What if they remembered the same events from before and after it was changed?
If you were in control of time travel, and didn’t want it to unravel our existence, wouldn’t you seek out these people and enlist them to help protect it? It becomes even more important to protect time travel when it is a side effect of something far greater. In my yet to be titled book, a massive effort built a quantum computer to predict natural disasters. Because it was done quietly, a similar computer was also developed at a future time. Their natures opened another dimension where the computers became one and a side effect was the ability to travel through time. That unintended side effect could ruin everything if it gets out.
The book I have just finished drafting follows one of those sensitive to the changes as he struggles to come to terms with his place. His world may never be the same.
My goal is to make each story better than the last and grow more readers.