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Fire Watch has ratings and 45 reviews. Peter said: Pretty good book, quick read, all main thing I wanted to talk about is time travel beca. Fire Watch: A Novel [Connie Willis] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Winner of six Nebula and five Hugo awards, Connie Willis is one of. Editorial Reviews. Review. Fire Watch collects 12 stories from one of science Fire Watch: A Novel – Kindle edition by Connie Willis. Download it.

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Feb 18, Peter Derk rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty good book, quick read, all that. The main thing I wanted to talk about is time travel because I really do want to talk about what I want to talk about. That fireaatch make a great chorus for a pop country song. What’s cool about Connie Willis is that, for my money, she handles time travel well.

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It’s not explained in this story, but I had a kindly office mate explain to me that Connie Willis’ firewatchh books that take place in the same universe involve something called “slippage. If you tried to go back in time to change a large historical event, you would find that your ability to travel accurately, to an exact time or place, would be limited.

The larger your potential for changing history, the more time keeps you from placing yourself accurately. It’s a pretty decent explanation for the way in which time travel can still work in a narrative without answering the question of why someone didn’t kill Hitler, which is really the ultimate time travel question The Hitler Paradox, as I like to call it. I’ve been thinking a lot about time travel narratives lately.

At first I thought that the only way ffirewatch travel narratives work was in comedies, such as Back to the Future.

But that’s not entirely true because it can also work in things like 12 Monkeys or on a self-contained level Memento. So what is it that makes a time travel narrative work, if it’s not about theme? The answer, as far as I can connke, is that the time travel is the path the writer takes in order to talk about something that he or she is passionate about. In other words, Connie Willis uses time travel, but really it’s mostly about the fact that she wants to write about the Blitz.

Additionally, the beauty of time travel is that you sillis write about something like the Blitz from a modern perspective, which means that you can discuss it while still being respectful of it.

Because as I understand it characters are not allowed to time travel backwards within their own lifespans, the other problem of time travel is dealt with as well.


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You know, that whole thing where you run into yourself and then you explode or something? I call it the Hitler Paradox II, not because it has anything to do with Hitler but because I name all my time travel paradoxes that way just so I can index them properly.

And if you think about it, the idea of traveling back to see your own young self makes no sense. Normally, it goes one of two ways: Alpha Pete travels back in time. He runs into his young self who is supposed to also be Alpha Pete and then changes time somehow.

That doesn’t make sense because what has happened there is, essentially, cloning. Because the universe now exists in such a way that there are TWO Alpha Petes, yet the only process that occurred was time travel, not cloning. So rather than being one consciousness that is Alpha Pete, there are two iterations of Alpha Pete. Okay, here’s the other common scenario: He is wearing a red sweater. He sees his young self Beta Pete.

This fulfills a pattern that Alpha Pete remembers from his childhood when he was Beta Petea time when a mysterious stranger in a red sweater Alpha Pete showed up. This works a little better for me, although if this is the case time travel is very pointless because once young Beta Pete sees grown Alpha Pete, in this scenario, this event will ALWAYS happen for Petes Charlie through Zebra and on and on.

Not only that, but it will have always happened in the past as well. In other words, this event is replicated infinitely in the “past” and “future” and is therefore kind of silly and pointless. Anyway, time travel rant over, thanks to Connie Willis for figuring a decent workaround that’s good enough to satisfy, yet nebulous enough that it’s not fully explained.

Willid if you ask me, fully-explained science fiction is not only boring, it’s not really science fiction anymore. It’s just a fictionalized textbook.

Fire Watch (short story)

Interesting story about a time-traveling historian trying to save St. Nov 16, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: Pretty good short that introduced us to the time-traveling historians of Oxford. Jan 17, Veeral rated it liked it Shelves: This novelette which won the both Hugo and Nebula, serves as a good primer to Connie Willis ‘ works. I just read To Say Nothing of the Dog a few days ago, so I thought it would be good to read this novelette before reading Doomsday Book.

But my advice to anyone interested firewathc her books would be to start directly with To Say Nothing of the Dog or Doomsday Book.

Arguably, these two books could be considered to be her best efforts. connoe

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Jun 07, Scott rated it really liked it Recommended to Scott by: I read this after I finished Blackout and All Clear. There are some minor discrepancies but nothing that a little willing suspension of disbelief won’t cover up.

It was nice to see Kivrin again. I think Connie Willis has it correct.

How often have you romanticized about fifewatch to the past? I never really take into consideration language differences – let alone differences in norms and folkways – in my flights of fancy. I looked up The Battle of Britain on December on the internet and found this link. Living in the United States where, until September 11ththere has been no enemy invasion or destruction; it is hard to imagine what life in London would have been like in the fall and winter of As I scrolled through the images of the destruction it really hit me how much of a psychological punch that must have been for the whole nation night after horrible night.


And then I got to the image with the little boy – not much older than my son – sitting on a pile of rubble clutching a wkllis stuffed animal looking as firfwatch he is either too scared to cry or he is summoning every last bit of his fortitude in effort not to cry.

I completely lost it and started crying myself. I am tearing up right now just thinking about that image. Jun 25, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Quite possibly the best bit of time-travel fiction I’ve ever read. Sep 03, Leseparatist rated it really liked it Shelves: The moment I got to it I knew when it must have been written.

Oct 09, kris rated it really liked it. View all 4 comments. Jan 11, Chris Cutler rated it really liked it Shelves: A great introduction to Willis’ Oxford Time Travel series. A short story, this excursion into WWII concisely introduces the ideas, feeling, and ethic of her approach to “History” in a way that converts her readers, rather than just informing them.

Which, of course, is the whole point. Fidewatch 28, M Connnie rated it did not like it Shelves: Sep 11, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have, though, and been awestruck.

Among other things, this story celebrates the courage and dedication people of the fire watch at St Paul’s during World War II. There is a great photograph of St Paul’s surrounded by smoke taken during a German attack on London in I think “Fire Watch” is a fine and moving story, view spoiler [the ending of which, one hopes, will always be fiction. Dec 22, Oleksandr rated it it was amazing. Nov 26, oshizu rated it liked it Shelves: I had every intention of reading Connie Willis’s Oxford Time Travel series next year, so I began this month with this prequel.

This novel features the St. Paul’s Watch but, since I know nothing about war-time London, I had to go read an article about the fire watch volunteers at St. Paul’s Cathedral during I used a dictionary constantly during this novella, which didn’t interest me much until the last pages.

I did enjoy all the semi-philosophizing about “the historian’s mission.

Nov 19, Kim Clarke rated it really liked it. Teaser intro to the series, leaving me with a lot of questions that I hope will be answered in subsequent books. When the heck is the present? What happened to Denver?