One Day All This Will Be Yours • 2021 • Time travel novella by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis: The unnamed narrator is the last time soldier, surviving the War To End All Wars, and the end of causality. He created a kind of bottleneck at the end of times where everyone who wants to time travel to the future has to pass through. There, the narrator holds his grounds and kills off the trespassers, no matter if they come from the steamage, from ancient Greece, or newer times. His motivation for this is that there he wants to prevent another time war. After having killed other time travellers with his superior technology, he uses his own time machine, travels back to the deceased one’s time, and corrects everything there so that nothing can come up from there anymore.

The personal downside for him is that he is a single, won’t ever produce offspring.

He’s dumbfounded when a pair of humans arrive at his planet and call him Grandpa. Even more astonished, he finds out that his future-to-be-love-interest is quite different than expected.

Review: With this hilarious novella, Tchaikovsky enters Scalzi-territory: Grand schemes waved away with a half-sentence, comical scenes, flippant tone of the grumpy, mysanthropic narrator.

The last couple of books I wondered if Tchaikovsky will go into a repetitive production cycle, or find back to his creative mood again. What a joy that he’s back again.

There is also an interesting romance in it, because the narrator’s relationship with his future wife is the exact opposite of romantic. The narrator wanted to fall into his arrogant trap that he will win against everyone, just because he can. But Tchaikovsky resists the easy way out and gives him an equal opponent.

Just don’t expect a Hard SF explanation of the setting or proper analysis of time loops. But if you love cats or dogs, you’ll adore Miffly, the fluffy pet dinosaur.

Recommended for some light, fire-and-forget reading session.

Meta: isbn 9781781088746. Published by Rebellion/Solaris at 2.3.2021

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22 Responses to One Day All This Will Be Yours • 2021 • Time travel novella by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  1. piotrek says:

    I needed to hear Tchaikovsky is back on track, I’m a fan, but I was becoming worried… although this is one of his ugliest covers, this I’d rather see on my Kindle, than on my bookshelf 😉

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    • Andreas says:

      But that fluffy Dino 😍😁

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      • piotrek says:

        Fluffy dinos in principle – yay! this particular cover – not so much 😉 Looks like someone spent half an hour with Photoshop…

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        • Will says:

          Sorry, I meant Piotrek. So let’s try that again: You didn’t like Firewalkers? Or Walking to Aldebaran? Or… what’s the one with the spiders and octopus?

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          • piotrek says:

            I’m not up to speed with Tchaikovsky myself, I’ve just read a few worrying reviews lately. I think I own 7… no, 8 books by him I haven’t yet read… and it was largely because I felt safe buying whatever he published, and keeping it for when I need something that’s sure to be good. Now I’m not as willing to assume his name on the cover guarantees quality. I’ll need to verify this reviews and read these books before I buy any more 🙂

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    • Will says:

      You didn’t like Firewalkers? Or Walking to Aldebaran? Or… what’s the one with the spiders and octopus?

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      • Andreas says:

        Firewalkers/Aldebaran is on my tbr. Children of Time was great, but no octopus there.

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      • piotrek says:

        No, but it’s waiting on my shelf 😉 Well, I only disagreed with the ending of Shadows of the Apt, I generally enjoyed all I read by him, but I’m behind. And several people I trust complained about Children of Ruin recently, although Ola have expectations that are rather hard meet, even if you’re Tchaikovsky…

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  2. This sounds like a blast. I don’t think I’ve ever read a “humorous” Tchaikovsky book, and knowing how versatile he is at tackling different styles, it’s definitely something I’d like to try! Especially when you compare it to Scalzi!

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    • Andreas says:

      Scalzi can only do a Scalzi, right?
      When I said, Tchaikovsky is back, I didn’t mean that he follows exactly his old steps. No, this is different: un-scientific, self-mocking, funny. Different to what he did before in Children of Time etc
      Maybe that’s why I liked it so much. Every other author (esp Scalzi) would have probably gotten a little bit less than those 4 stars.

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  3. Will says:

    No doubt, this is the most romantic love story ever told. Mostly. Glad you liked it too!

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  4. I was already interested in this book, but your comment about Tchaikovsky entering “Scalzi’s territory” is beyond intriguing: I like both authors and I’m oh-so-curious to see how Tchaikovsky behaves with tongue-in-cheek humor 🙂

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  5. Glad to hear ye and I agree on this one. I loved Miffly and how the relationship worked out. Arrrr!
    x The Captain

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  6. Sounds intriguing. I don’t have a clear opinion on Tchaikovsky yet but if he keeps writing good books then I will pick him up again.

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  7. Ola G says:

    Yeah, my review’s coming up soon – apart from that lazy ending, I had a blast with this 😉

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