Doomsday Book
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Doomsday Book

by Connie Willis
Release date: 1992
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction
Tags: hugo award, locus award, nebula award, time travel

Hugo Award 1993, Nebula Award 1992, Locus Award for Best SF Novel 1993. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee 1993, Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee 1993.

For Kivrin, preparing for on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity's history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be retrieved.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin – barely of age herself – finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history's darkest hours.

Five years in the writing by one of science fiction's most honored authors, Doomsday Book is a storytelling triumph. Connie Willis draws upon her understanding of the universalities of human nature to explore the ageless issues of evil, suffering and the indomitable will of the human spirit.

(updated 2015-01-06)

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