“Nobody know where they were when the Causality War started.”
At some point in the past, the Causality War began. Nobody knows who started it, when it was started, or exactly how it was started. It was not a war of bombs and guns, but a war that weaponised time itself. Once the first time machine was invented, war was inevitable.
Our narrator, the last time warrior, lives alone on his perfect postepochalyptic ranch (except for his pet Allosaur, Miffly), at the end of time. He has one mission – to make sure that the mistakes of the past are never allowed to happen again – and he will do anything to ensure he succeeds.
One Day All This Will Be Yours is a darkly humorous time travel novella, with all the usual paradox and causality problems inherent with the time travel genre. I didn’t hate it, but it’s by far the weakest of Tchaikovsky’s works that I’ve read to date.
Nothing about the story particularly grabbed me, and the only character I connected with was the dinosaur (which possibly says more about my attitude to humanity than anything else), but I think my main issue was with the length. I can’t settle on whether it’s too long or too short, but it either needs the padding to be cut down to turn it into a short story, or it needs content and characterisation adding to bulk it up to a novel. Either way, the padding and repetition needs to go.
From reading other reviews, my opinion of One Day All This Will Be Yours appears to be in the minority, but I’m just left with a feeling of disappointment. Please don’t read this novella and decide that Tchaikovsky is not for you, as he’s usually head and shoulders above this standard.
I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: 2nd March 2021