Out of my comfort zone. It is becoming a theme. It is interesting how I come across the books I read. I had just finished a space opera and was looking for something a bit different when I came across Jeff Lane on twitter. Jeff suggested I read One Way. I read the description and decided to give it a try.
Is One Way science fiction? Let’s break it down. Time Travel? Check. Experimental Medical Sciences? Check. String Theory? Check. Causality? Check. This book is undoubtedly Science. The real question, is it fiction? 🙂
One Way is a compound story told from different points of view from different people at different times. Lane employed this interesting literary technique to great effect keeping the story exciting and adding context at precisely the right moments.
The protagonist of the story is Jenny and Barry Griffith. The antagonist is Jedidiah Folsom and his partner Rodney Thornton. I don’t want to give too much of this book away because the details are fun to uncover.
One thing I will tell you is there is no time machine. As you can surmise from the description of the book:
At a gas station in the middle of nowhere, late at night, his wife Jenny appears… no car… no coat and looking older than when he saw her last. That’s because this is not the woman he received a good-bye kiss from this morning.
Jenny Griffith travels through time. She acquires the ability to disconnect from the current reality and arrive at a different place and time. In the book, the talent is referred to as chrono-locate. This word exists in real life; it means to establish a date or time of an object. How Jenny acquires this talent is one of the compound stories in the book which serves to add dramatic emotions to the plot crescendo.
The ability to teleport, sometimes through time, has been theorized as a human ability for years. Some conspiracy theories are claiming the government has successfully employed teleportation. The most widely known is the CIA Stargate program. If you want to read about that study, click here. The US Airforce and Navy have also done extensive research in the field and published papers discussing. Here is a decent site discussing the topic.
I liked One Way very much. The ending is my favorite part. I read from 75% to 100% in a single sitting. Back to the original question, is One Way Science Fiction or Non-Fiction? I guess only Jeff Lane knows for sure… or should we call him Barry Griffith.
Time to Crono-Locate to the next review.