Review: The Psychology of Time Travel

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas is a time travel murder mystery with strong female characters and an exploration of the effects of time travel on the human psyche.

Time travel as a concept in a fiction novel isn’t new, particularly in sci-fi and fantasy – H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine being one of the most well-known examples. But Kate Mascarenhas has written a book that imagines a world in which the cognitive effects of time travel are put under the microscope, where the people who time travel become blasé about human mortality, and some even becoming cold, cruel, and a little psychopathic.

The novel begins in the summer of 1967, when four female scientists, Barbara, the youngest, a mathematician and specialist in nuclear fission, Grace, an expert in matter, Margaret, a baroness and cosmologist, and Lucille, who makes radio waves travel faster than light, build a time…

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