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Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling
Published by Roc
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
It began as an ordinary spring night on the island of Nantucket. Suddenly the sky blazed with light, as though a dome of fire had been dropped over the island. When it was gone, the stars were in the wrong position.
A quick computer regression by a visiting graduate student in astronomy confirmed the impossible: the island and all its inhabitants had been transferred backwards in time, specifically to the year 1250 BC. The world they have known all their lives is now irrevocably lost upstream in time, and there is nothing to do but make new lives for themselves here.
This new world offers a wealth of opportunities, but it is also fraught with peril. A single contact with a person bearing modern diseases can wipe out entire villages, even whole civilizations. And the Nantucketers' survival isn't guaranteed either -- their first year brings them perilously close to starvation, as they must mobilize people unaccustomed and unconditioned for hard physical labor to produce enough crops to keep everybody eating through the winter, after the stored foods from twentiety-century civilization run out.
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The story continues in Against the Tide of Years.
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Review posted December 28, 2000
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