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An absolutely mind-blowing and magnificent story that will delight and amaze! Palmer's story embraces the best of real physics and wraps it around some well developed characters and strange circumstances surrounding the creation of a time machine (o.k. - a causality violation device, to be precise). The best part of the story are all the philosophical asides that deal with time travel - not all of them related by physicists - for they give a solid grounding that allows for wondrous speculation of what is possible. This is a story for scientists who do not like science fiction and for ordinary people who do not understand people who are scientists - eye-opening for both parties; the story illustrates the allure of science and addresses why people are driven by ideals in the pursuit of truth. Fans of Gene Wolfe and M. John Harrison will love Palmer's intelligent and elegant prose. Dexter Palmer is now on the top of my "to be read" list.— Raul
This novel is so many things - a story about the paths not taken, about regret, about possibility, about memory, about destiny vs free will, and about the lengths we will go for those we love. It's also about the pitfalls of modern life and the many absurdities of internet dating. Palmer's prose has an effortless feel to them, even as he's discussing heavy topics such as the tenets of the Torah and the philosophy of free will. This book was not what I thought it was going to be, and I felt that way even after I was 100 pages in. It continued to surprise me throughout! It's also the very definition of a slow burn, though the last quarter flies by after the meticulous set up that comes before. The book is also cleverly titled - version control is a reference to how computer code is managed when being altered by multiple people, but in this instance also refes to the management of multiple timelines the character may, or may not, be altering via their use of the causality violation device (i.e. time machine). Very, very smart writing.— Sarah H.
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