Blackout, by Connie Willis


The version I’ve read is published by Subterranean Press, and is signed and numbered. It was a gift for my father few years ago.

This was a little slow getting started, and the beginning was a tad confusing. However, once it got going, it was hard to put down.

In this Willis tale, historians from Oxford are using time travel for what I perceive to be its most noble purpose, to accurately study history. And whether or not it is intended, one of the things I’m getting out of this is, what if what we have read about history is not exactly the way it happened? Over and over, the historians in Blackout encounter events that were not quite occurring the way, or in the timing, that they had read.

The historical nature of this novel is fascinating to me, and I’ve never been a huge reader of history. What we have is a group of historians that have been dropped into various stages of the London Blitz of World War II.

There is a problem, though. At some point, they seem to be, well, stuck. Their drops are not opening, and no retrieval team is coming to get them.

As has been noted by other reviewers, this is part one of a two-part epic, which concludes in All Clear. Blackout, of course, doesn’t really end. I’ll be starting All Clear soon. I’m quite eager to find out what is happening to our “heroes.”

TTFN, y’all!


2 thoughts on “Blackout, by Connie Willis

    1. Thank you. If you do, stick with it. You’ll probably be tempted to give up, early on. It takes a while for the real action to start. But once it did, I didn’t want to put it down.

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