Ian Randal Strock

Electronic Time On My Hands

A press release from Fantastic Books:

In February, Fantastic Books published Daniel M. Kimmel’s newest novel, Time On My Hands, to rave reviews. Now Fantastic Books announces that the electronic edition of the book—which Publishers Weekly called layered, emotional, and thought-provoking—is available at all major retailers.

Time On My Hands is Kimmel’s quirky take on time travel, lost love, divided loyalties, and the eternal search for really good scotch. The story investigates the myriad time travel troubles over which most science fiction readers have pondered, but it presents a fresh take on the time travel novel by adhering to the Aristotelian Unity of Time; that is, all the action takes place within one day.

In the book, Professor Price tells the story of how he came to be in possession of a time travel device (which he may or may not have invented), and how he found his future hiding in his past. But the discovery of time travel will necessitate far more than just building a really cool machine: it’ll take the efforts of many people to figure out how to talk about time travel, the requirements necessary to be an ethical time traveler, and just whose office it is when my yesterday becomes your tomorrow without the courtesy of a knock on the door.

Film critic and professor Daniel M. Kimmel wrote for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for 25 years, and was the Boston correspondent for Variety and the “Movie Maven” for the Jewish Advocate. He has taught film and media classes at Emerson College, Boston University, and Suffolk University. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester (where much of Time On My Hands is set) and his law degree from Boston University.

Reviews of Time On My Hands:

“This layered contemporary science fiction tale takes its time unfolding, but eventually reveals a moving emotional core.… explores the technical, ethical, and emotional ramifications of his device and his travels in entertaining and thought-provoking ways, with satisfying results.” —Publishers Weekly

“Instead of avoiding the time paradox, this book grabs it by the time loops and breaks it open, examining the ethical implications of using time travel.” —John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews

“Here’s Daniel M. Kimmel again, and time travel will never be the same.… In Time On My Hands, his two satirical targets are time travel and academia. The result is a fun and funny tale.… Kimmel addresses just about every question about time travel that has ever emerged in science fiction.… Kimmel knows his stuff, both as an academic and as a longtime scholar of science fiction. His characters ring true, and he ties together all the many threads of the plot into a satisfying whole. The book is a breezy, enjoyable read, and… it’ll definitely give you more than its share of chuckles.” —Don Sakers, Analog Science Fiction and Fact