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Authors: Roger MacBride Allen

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The Depths of Time

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PRAISE FOR ROGER MacBRIDE ALLEN

S
THE DEPTHS OF TIME


A tense tale of intrigue set in the far future of terraformed—and doomed—worlds.

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A highly readable balance of characterization, graceful and sometimes witty prose, and thoroughly, intelligently developed ideas.

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I

ve read my fair share of Roger MacBride Allen novels over the years, and I

d have to say
The Depths of Time
is his best thus far. This novel has it all—hardcore science fiction foundation, a plot based upon a mystery that is guaranteed to drive you crazy trying to unravel it, and a deeply moving story.

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Novels by Roger MacBride Allen

The Torch of Honor

Rogue Powers

Orphan of Creation

The Modular Man*

The War Machine (with David Drake)

Supernova (with Eric Kotani)

Farside Cannon

The Ring of Charon

The Shattered Sphere

Caliban

Inferno

Utopia

Ambush at Corellia*

Assault at Selonia*

Showdown at Centerpoint*

The Game of Worlds

The Depths of Time*

The Ocean of Years*

The Shores of Tomorrow*

*Published by Bantam Books

The Depths of Time

Roger MacBride Allen

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To Eleanore and Matthew,
mother and son,
for creating a
past, present, and future
filled with wonder and joy.

He hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.


Ecclesiastes
3:11

That which is hath been long ago; and that which is to be hath long ago been: and God seeketh again that which is passed away.


Ecclesiastes
3:15

Wherefore I saw that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him back to see what shall be after him?


Ecclesiastes
3:22

Table of Contents

Cover

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Dramatis Personae

The Timeshaft Wormhole Transport System

CIRCUM CENTRAL TIMESHAFT WORMHOLE
 
5211 A.D.

CHAPTER ONE
 
Assault on the Future
CHAPTER TWO
 
The Fog of Time
CHAPTER THREE
 
Lost to the Past

INTERLUDE
 
Grand Library Habitat
Orbiting Neptune

SOLACE--12
7
YEARS LATER 5339 A.D.

CHAPTER FOUR
 
Loss
of Confidence
CHAPTER FIVE
 
Socks in the Sour

TIMESHAFT SHIP DOM PEDRO IV

CHAPTER SIX
 
Out of Time
CHAPTER SEVEN
 
Out of the Cold,
into the Dark
CHAPTER EIGHT
 
Heisenberg

s Suitcase
CHAPTER NINE
 
Arrivals
CHAPTER TEN
 
Awakened by Death

AUXILIARY LIGHTER CRUZEIRO DO SUL

CHAPTER ELEVEN
 
Walls of Glass and Steel
CHAPTER TWELVE
 
World Enough
and Time

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