In her book “Downtime,” Cynthia Fleece offers us a love story and a science fiction story … maybe it’s the guy in me, but I wish there could have been a little more ‘science’ in the story.
Don’t get me wrong … I enjoyed the read, and I recommend it to others. It’s a recent addition to a long tradition of stories that illustrate the complications that arise when love blossoms across a disjointed time stream. Rod Serling tackled it 50+ years ago in “The Long Morrow” … and before that, there was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” It’s still makes for a good story today in films and television … and in books like “Downtime.”
My gripe about ‘more science?’ I blame it on my biblio-upbringing. Fifty-some years ago, my introduction to science fiction was through hand-me-down paperbacks of stories by Isaac Asimov and Arthur Clark, and later on some Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury … good fiction, good storytelling, with generous doses of of good (if hypothetical at the time) science and technology added to the mix.
While I read through “Downtime,” eager to get to the conclusion to see how the characters might fare and the story might end, I also found myself wishing for a little more detail on the jelly bean, the stellerator … and, of course, that all-important elixer.
BUT, while I’ve devoted a lot of words to my little gripe … it really is a LITTLE matter. All-in-all, I recommend “Downtime” to you as a good read, and a good addition to that tradition I mentioned earlier … illustrating the complications that arise when love blossoms across a disjointed time stream. You’ll want to read “Downtime” to the end … and discover whether those complications might be overcome.
NOTE: I received a free e-copy of this work through LibraryThing in exchange for a review.
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