The Map of Time: A Novel


Author: Félix J. Palma


Title: The Map of Time: A Novel


Genre: Science Fiction


Publication Date: June 28, 2011


Number of Pages: 624


Geographical Setting: London, England


Time Period: The Victorian Era/The year 2000


Series: First in a trilogy.


Plot Summary: Set in Victorian London, where the British Empire’s great achievements and opulent wealth coexist with Dickensian poverty, occultism and grave-robbing, The Map of Time braids together three storylines in which a skeptical investigator is called upon to discover the truth about murders linked to purported incidents of time travel: an aristocrat who goes back in time to save his beloved, one of the Ripper’s victims; a woman who flees to the year 2000…straight into a battle between humanity and a scourge of automatons; and a plot to steal literary classics and wipe their authors from existence.


Subject Headings: Time travel, tragic love, murder, mystery, H.G. Wells, Victoriana, science fiction, Jack the Ripper, automatons, history.


Appeal: Strange, magical, smart, intriguing, enthralling, inventive, luscious, imaginative, eccentric.


3 terms that best describe this book: Surprising, mesmerizing, satisfying.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors-

The Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku. (Teleportation, time travel, time machines, force fields, interstellar space ships, science fiction, and potentially attainable future technologies)

Time Machines, Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction by Paul J. Nahin. (The history of time travel in fiction; the fundamental scientific concepts of time, spacetime, the fourth dimension, and paradoxes of time travel)

Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time by Robin Le Poidevin. (The mysteries of time travel, the trouble with paradoxes, the difficulties raised by our ordinary ideas about space and time)

 3 Relevant Fiction Authors and Works

Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality by Ronald L. Mallett and Bruce Henderson. (Time travel, mention of H.G. Wells as an influence, physics, scientific exploration, and intriguing storytelling)

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. (Time travel, romance, tragic love, cleverly weaved plot and execution)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu. (Dynamic characters, time travel, science fiction, quantum physics, complicated plot twists, thriller)

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