Got well stuck into a beautiful new Saskatchewan-based speculative fiction YA novel by Alison Lohans … Timefall faces climate apocalypse, teen parenting, and issues of consent with an innocence that can’t help but be engaging.
author of Maddie Hatter Adventures
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Katie, a single 15-year-old mother, and Lorne, a classmate, fall into a world a thousand years in the future only to discover that their “ancient” world is on the verge of imminent ecological collapse and the future world is dying because there are no children.
As a former teacher, I see many topics for discussion:
• The issue of teen pregnancy/parenthood
• Parent/child relationships
• Ecological issues
• Survival strategies (I loved the fact that they brought a book on midwifery—genius!)
• Blessing/curse of being able to see the future.
As a reader, I wish the author had included a pronunciation guide for some of the names of the people in the future civilization. I was never quite satisfied with my decisions on those, but that didn’t detract from the story, and my discomfort in this matter may have added to the whole atmosphere and uncertainty of that setting.
A review of Timefall, just in from Cathy, a retired teacher in California – thanks so much, Cathy!!
"I just finished reading Timefall. Wow! Five stars.
Loved the characters, very complex personalities. The plot had lots of significant issues to think about. Reminded me of pioneers, and made me wonder what I would think to take along in a similar circumstance.
The ebook did not include a guide on name pronunciation, and I never was satisfied with my decisions on that.
I think this is one of those books that will stay with me for a long while as I think about the implications of the various issues.
Anyway, well done. You have a very scary imagination."
Trade paper (402 pages): $33.99, ISBN 9781988274461
e-pub: $4.99, ISBN 9781988274478
Released this month by Five Rivers Publishing – Timefall!
This omnibus novel (a combination of Collapse of the Veil and Crossings, both out of print for the past 6 years) was more than 30 years in the making, from the flash of the initial image that spurred the huge “What if….??!!” question in 1984, through countless drafts and edits. My sincere thanks to Five Rivers Publishing for their commitment to bringing this back into work, and to Dr. Robert Runte for his on-target, illuminative editing that brought this work into its new form!
Every now and then a poem of mine will get published. About ten years ago I was thrilled to be invited to write, and submit, a poem for inclusion in Crossing Lines – Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era (Seraphim Editions, 2008, ed. Allan Briesmaster and Steven Michael Berzensky).
I submitted a poem “Immigrant, Landed” about the very intense feeling of homecoming I experienced upon immigrating to Canada in 1971. It was really great to have that poem included in the collection – particularly since poetry has never been my main genre.
It was an amazing surprise, last year, to receive a request for my poem to be used again in a “Canada 150” project by Acorn Press of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I very happily agreed. My author copies arrived yesterday – a few months earlier than I’d expected. 150+ Canada’s History in Poetry (edited by Judy Gaudet) is a huge collection of poems documenting Canada’s history from the pre-colonial days when First Nations Peoples were the only residents of this land we now know as Canada, up to and including the 2018 Olympics.
It’s an incredible honour to have “Immigrant, Landed” included in this collection, which contains work by so many of Canada’s Very Famous Poets, as well as other literary “greats”.
Greetings from Regina! I’m excited to have just received my author copies of Timefall from Five Rivers Publishing. This prairies-based YA fantasy is available for pre-order in paper and e-format now, but the release date is September 1.
Timefall (402 pages in length) is an omnibus combined edition of two YA fantasy novels – Collapse of the Veil, and Crossings – previously released by another Canadian publisher, but now out of print.
Timefall features Katie, a teen mom in present-day Regina whose baby is the long-sought mythic hero of a society a thousand years in our future. Via psychic powers and time travel, Katie inadvertently crosses paths with Iannik, a young Seer with flawed Sight, last of his line in the dwindling population of Aaurenan. Iannik is desperately seeking the baby who offers their only hope for survival. Can three misfit teens and one baby manage to save at least one of their two very different worlds?
The photo below was taken in Victoria Park, downtown Regina, the day the books arrived. This area was destroyed by Regina’s 1912 tornado. Could something similar – only worse – happen in Timefall?
My friend Dianne Young (who was widowed over 3 years ago) has embarked on a courageous book project: “Dear Me – The Widow Letters”.
In this unique book, twenty of us who’ve been widowed wrote letters to our newly-widowed selves – letters of comfort, encouragement, and advice.
Dianne Young put out a call for such letters and selected twenty to include in this volume. She’s received some very nice media coverage and has been on the road for the past week, launching.
This photo is from last night’s Regina launch, showing Dianne (centre); myself (right in photo); and Deana Driver, publisher and also one of the letter writers.
Photo credit: Sharon Plumb Hamilton