SF Masterwork of the Week: No Enemy But Time

Our latest SF Masterwork of the Week is Michael Bishop’s 1983 Nebula Award-winning novel, No Enemy But Time, described by BSFA Award-winner Alastair Reynolds as ‘one of the great time travel novels, and simply one of the great science fiction novels’.

Joshua Kampa is torn between two worlds-the Early Pleistocene Africa of his dreams and the twentieth-century reality of his waking life. These worlds are transposed when a government experiment sends him over a million years back in time. Here, John builds a new life as part of a tribe of protohumans. But the reality of early Africa is much more challenging than his fantasies. With the landscape, the species, and John himself evolving, he reaches a temporal crossroads where he must decide whether the past or the future will be his present.

Winner: Nebula Award for best novel, 1983

Runner-up: John W. Campbell Memorial Award, 1983

Shortlisted: BSFA Award for best novel, 1983


No Enemy But Time is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook.

You can find more or Michael Bishop’s work at his author page on the SF Gateway, and read more about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.