THE BONES OF TIME by Kathleen Ann Goonan


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 A new science fiction venture from the author of Queen City Jazz (1994). From its base in the Hawaii of 2034, the giant Interspace (IS) corporation is building a multigenerational starship. IS genetics researcher Lynn Oshima notices that her young neighbor appears to be a clone of Kamehameha, the long-dead great king of Hawaii. Knowing that other clones have been killed by IS, Lynn warns the boy, Akamu; seconds later, the house explodes. The two flee across the globe, pursued by IS agents--but why is Akamu so important? Well, it emerges that he's infected himself with advanced nanotechnology in an attempt to duplicate the work of vanished Hawaiian math whiz Cen; he's also being sponsored by the Hawaiian nationalist Homeland Movement, who're plotting to seize IS's starship and escape via Cen's fractal-time wormholes. Lynn's IS head honcho father was secretly helping the Hawaiians until her brothers murdered him and ordered the hunt for Akamu. Meanwhile, in 2007, in a parallel narrative, Cen's visions--or real meetings?--of Kaiulani, Hawaii's last princess (according to history, she met an obscure end in 1898 before the era of US control), drive him to develop his theory of fractal time, by which he's able to open up temporal wormholes and travel back in time to be with his beloved. Schizophrenic, uncertainly motivated, poorly dramatized, with breathtaking speculations obscured by noise and flab.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-312-85916-3
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1995


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