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Blackout (#1 Blackout)

Connie Willis

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Gollancz
25 July 2017
Science fiction; Sci-Fi Alternate History; Future Society; Time; Time Travel
Blackout is the opening movement of a vast, absorbing two-volume novel that may well prove to be Connie Willis' masterpiece. Like her multi-award winning The Doomsday Book, this stunning new work marries the intricate mechanics of time travel to the gritty - and dangerous - realities of human history.

The narrative opens in Oxford, England in 2060, where a trio of time traveling scholars prepares to depart for various corners of the Second World War. Their mission: to observe, from a safe vantage point, the day-to-day nature of life during this critical historical moment. As the action ranges from the evacuation of Dunkirk to the manor houses of rural England to the quotidian horrors of London during the Blitz, the objective nature of their roles gradually changes. Cut off from the safety net of the future and caught up in the chaotic events that make up history, they are forced to participate, in unexpected ways, in the defining events of the era.

Blackout is an ingeniously constructed time travel novel and a grand entertainment. More than that, it is a moving, exquisitely detailed portrait of a world under siege, a world dominated by chaos, uncertainty, and the threat of imminent extinction. It is the rare sort of book that transcends the limits of genre, offering pleasure, insight, and illumination on virtually every page.
By:   Connie Willis
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 133mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   452g
ISBN:   9780575099289
ISBN 10:   0575099283
Series:   Blackout
Pages:   608
Publication Date:   25 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   www.sftv.org/cw

Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis has won, among other awards, ten HUGO Awards and six NEBULA Awards for her writing. She lives in Greeley, Colorado with her husband Courtney Willis, a professor of physics at the University of Northern Colorado.

Reviews for Blackout (#1 Blackout)

A tour de force . . . [Willis] is one of America's finest writers. -- The Denver Post This compassionate and deeply imagined novel . . . gives the reader a strong you-were-there feeling. -- The Times-Picayune [Willis has] researched Blackout so thoroughly, her readers may imagine she had access to the time machine her characters use. --The Seattle Times A page-turning thriller . . . Willis uses detail and period language exquisitely well, creating an engaging, exciting tale. --Publishers Weekly


  • Long-listed for John W Campbell Award 2011.
  • Short-listed for John W Campbell Award 2011 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for John W Campbell Award 2011.

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