Time travel with a twist. A group of scientists travel to 14th century France… and the novel is written by a Medievalist.
In March 1305, a group of Australians and Americans arrive in medieval France. To be precise, they arrive in the Languedoc, near a village called Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert.
The scientists want to save the world. Dr Artemisia Wormwood wants to save her sister. If she joins the time-travellers as their historian, her pay would cover treatment that might give her sister life.
Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert is a desert of souls. Village, monastery, pilgrimage path, and legend; that’s all there is. Perfect for scientists who have promised their work will not interfere with history. Those scientists have nine months and a dedication that defies reason. They won’t tell Artemisia about their research. They don’t want to hear her explanations about the world around them and about its people. Some of the scientists don’t even want her there. Who needs an historian when the village looks like a gamer’s dream?
The villagers are disturbed by the strangers. Most of the strangers don’t really care.
Prepare for a bumpy ride with bad coffee.
Originally published by Satalyte (2014)
“Quirky, brilliant, absolutely solidly researched–Langue[dot]doc 1305 is time travel as you’ve never seen it before.” — Judith Tarr, author of The Avaryan Chronicles
“Viscerally powerful, deeply felt, strongly written: Langue[dot]doc 1305 challenges reader expectations of time travel, of ‘Grim-dark’ and of mediaeval life and brings a haunting, authentic voice both to the past and to the struggles facing the present.” — Kari Sperring, author of The Grass King’s Concubine
“Polack depicts with startling authenticity exactly how unromantic the oft-imagined but rarely realized medieval period is and, with parallel bleakness, comment on the state of academia and the appreciation for scholasticism and the humanities in modern society.” — Alexandra Garner, author of Medievally Speaking
“In Langue [dot] doc 1305 Polack marries her deep knowledge as a Medievalist to a favourite SF trope – time travel to the days of knights, lords and peasants – and then does her usual magic of transforming the ordinary into the profound.” — Narrelle Harris, author of The Opposite of Life
“Funny, disturbing, humane and beautifully written. It’s elegant and restrained and it sidesteps every trope and stereotype you might expect to encounter in an SF novel about time traveling scientists. Literary science fiction in its best.” — Jason Franks, author of Faery Apocalypse
“A time-slip from the present back to 1305 sounds marvellously exciting — until the reality of medieval time intrudes, along with the realisation that the people the scientists are studying are, in fact, people, not specimens.” — Felicity Pulman, author of Ghost Boy
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