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.
Runner-up: John W. Campbell Memorial Award, 1983
Shortlisted: BSFA Award for best novel, 1983