Genre: Science Fiction/Time Travel
By the twenty-seventh century, mankind has finally mastered time travel—and is driving recklessly towards wiping itself out. The guerilla environmentalist group World Save, with its chief operative Ashday’s Child, uses the Timeshaft to correct mistakes of the past in an effort to extend the life of the planet.
But the enigmatic Ashday’s Child has his own destiny to accomplish, and will do whatever it takes within a complicated web of paradoxes to do so. While his destiny—and very existence—is challenged from the beginning to the end of time, he must collect the key players through the ages to create the very Timeshaft itself.
“Do our actions as time travellers change what would otherwise have happened, or is everything already laid down in a predetermined plan?” he asks.
Stewart Bint’s Timeshaft is an expertly synchronised saga of time travel, the irresistible force of destiny, and the responsibility of mankind as rulers of the world.
Following the fortunes of two sets of time travellers, Timeshaft extends Stewart Bint’s popular novellas, Malfunction and Ashday’s Child (both published by Smashwords in 2012), linking the two completely unrelated storylines into a full-length novel.
Set in Australia,London and Scotland, along with an unknown geographical location called Thiecon, Timeshaft combines Ashday’s Child’s activities and hidden agenda, with an accident befalling the very first time journey by the fledgling Time Research And Exploration Project, rocking along to the past and future with paradoxes and twists galore.
“Critical level approaching,” said the computer. “Destruction of shuttle irreversible in fifty seconds.” No time for this, he thought. Got to get us out of here. Now. His hand hovered just above the strap, then changed direction, aiming instead for the booster controls. Must fire boosters, must get away from this wave.
Without warning, the shuttle yawed severely, throwing Ashday’s Child from the safety of his seat, his wind milling arms proving ineffective on two counts: failing to keep him upright, and failing to power the boosters.
Above the crescendo of the sirens he could hear the computer’s impassive intonation: “Critical level surpassed. Irreversible destruction of shuttle in twenty seconds.”
The shuttle was not built to protect its passengers from the incredible g-forces they were now experiencing. The temporal distortion swept it onwards through uncharted time at an ever increasing velocity. The flesh of Ashday’s Child’s face contorted in undulating folds as he made one last supreme effort to raise up and hurl himself forward. Half a metre more and he’d have made it. As it was, his fingers closed on empty air, and in response to another lurch from the errant craft, he rolled over, smashing the back of his head against the seat’s metal strut.
Somewhere deep in his immense energy reserves he could hear the computer issue its final warning.
Then spinning stars.
Ashday’s Child fell unconscious.
About the Author
Stewart Bint is a novelist, magazine columnist and PR writer. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Leicestershire, in the UK, and has two grown-up children, Christopher and Charlotte.
He is a former radio presenter, newsreader and phone-in show host, but always wanted to become a fiction writer — a dream that came true when his first novel was published in 2012 at the age of 56. Now the author of five novels, a collection of short stories and a compilation of his early magazine columns, he was signed by Booktrope in 2015, who published a revised edition of his paranormal novel, In Shadows Waiting, in August.
As a member of a local barefoot hiking group, when not writing he can often be found hiking in bare feet on woodland trails and urban streets.
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