Doomsday Book, Connie Willis – Overview/Review

No cats? Count me out. Seriously, I’ve heard great things about this book. Sooner or later I will have to read it.

Even if there are no cats.


Imagine a future England where people no longer get the flu, cats are extinct, and colleges have history programs able to send students back in time. The world Connie Willis creates for several of her novels is complex and highly logical.


First of all, this novel is the winner of three awards: 1992 Nebula Award for Best Novel; 1993 Hugo Award for Best Novel; & 1993 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

It follows a young history student, Kivrin, on her journey to year 1320 – smack in the middle of the middle ages. It is a controversial ‘drop’ because no one has ever travelled back so far in time. The drop is being run over Christmas Break, and for that reason the drop is being handled by a few people who don’t entirely know what they’re doing. Mr. Dunworthy, Kivrin’s tutor and friend, is justly worried over the…

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