Welcome. I categorized Peer Through Time as science fiction because of its time travel aspect, but the novel is part murder mystery and part historical fiction. It contains elements of time travel theory, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, and even a little romance. You might learn a little San Francisco history, as I did while researching for the 1930s scenes, and you might develop a new perspective on cyborgs, synthetic humans, and disembodied intelligences.
In 2079, a time travel experiment sends physicist Carmela Akronfleck further back in time than she’d intended. Though she’s still in her small northern California town, the year is 1936 and she must learn to live without the technology she’s come to rely on. Her neurological implants should be dormant, but she receives a cryptic message, periodically accompanied by an audio transmission from the future. It’s the voice of her former psychotherapist, an android named Kass, stating his innocence in a series of murders occurring in 2079.
When Carmela deciphers the code as a hit list, she’s shocked to discover her mother and sister are among the intended targets. Further evidence reveals the killer’s true identity, but the inoperative time portal prevents her from returning to save her family and vindicate Kass.
She considers another option: hunt down the killer’s ancestors and avert his existence without radically changing history. She devises a plan to protect her family, haunted by doubts that she’s becoming the kind of person she’s always loathed—one willing to take another’s life.
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2015 San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention