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Recent Paleo-Novel: "Bones of the Earth"
Speaking of Time-travel and dinos, has anyone heard of or read this? Just
came across this review at sffworld.com of Hugo/Nebula winner etc. Michael
Stanwyck's latest Sci-fi novel featuring paradoxes and dinosaurs, "Bones of
the Earth". Looks intriguing. Any opinions and/or comments? Ralph & Linda?
Online Novel Synopsis:
Paleontologist Richard Leyster has achieved professional nirvana: a
position with the Smithsonian Museum plus a groundbreaking dinosaur fossil
site he can research, publish on, and learn from for years to come. There is
nothing that could lure him away -- until a disturbingly secretive stranger
named Griffin enters Leyster's office with an ice cooler and a job offer. In
the cooler is the head of a freshly killed Stegosaurus.
Griffin has been entrusted with an extraordinary gift, an impossible
technology on loan to humanity from unknown beings for an undisclosed
purpose. Time travel has become a reality millions of years before it
rationally could be. With it, Richard Leyster and his colleagues can make
their most cherished fantasy come true. They can study the dinosaurs up
close, in their own time and milieu.
Now, suddenly, individual lives can turn back on themselves. People can
meet, shake hands, and converse with their younger versions at various
crossroads in time. One wrong word, a single misguided act, could be
disastrous to the project and to the world. But Griffin must make sure
everything that is supposed to happen does happen -- no matter who is
destined to be hurt... or die.
And then there's Dr. Gertrude Salley -- passionate, fearless, and brutally
ambitious -- a genius rebel in the tight community of "bone men" and women.
Alternately both Leyster's and Griffin's chief rival, trusted colleague,
despised nemesis, and inscrutable lover at various junctures throughout
time, Salley is relentlessly driven to screw with the working mechanisms of
natural law, audaciously trespassing in forbidden areas, pushing paradox to
the edge no matter what the consequences may be. And, when they concern the
largest, most savage creatures that ever lived, the consequences may be
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