A Spy in Time (Paperback)
Longlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize
Shortlisted for the 2019 Ilube Nommo Award for Best Novel
Finalist for the 2019 Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science-Fiction Novel Enver Eleven is twenty-five years old and ready for adventure. He's the Agency's newest recruit, eager to leap through his first gate into an unfamiliar time. In Enver's home city of Johannesburg, fair-skinned people are a rarity and have been for centuries. The people of Johannesburg were spared the ravages of the apocalypse because of the thousands of miles of mining tunnels running beneath it. The Agency's thinking machines have set his first mission for Marrakesh, circa 1955. His handler is the tough and taciturn Shanumi Six. Their mission: prevent the apocalypse from happening again. But when a cabal of temporal chaos-bringers kidnaps Shanumi, Enver must strike out across the timeline's hotspots--Rio de Janeiro 1967, Johannesburg 2271--on a mission to preserve our very existence. His journeys put him in the middle of a catastrophe which will force him to put his assumptions to the test in an atmosphere of conspiracy and intrigue. Award-winning novelist Imraan Coovadia (The Wedding, Tales of the Metric System) returns with this crackling Afrofuturistic tale of intrigue in which the course of human history hangs in the balance.
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"Phantasmagoric scenes of the descendants of black miners wrapping themselves in the skins of hunted whites and of AI-operated bulldozers breaking through the dome walls surrounding iridescent chronogates nicely illustrate Coovadia's twisty plot and ingenious resolution."--Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair "Coovadia's latest may require some rereading to fully understand what happened, but it will be worth it for the twists and turns as the plot winds to its conclusion." --Booklist "Imraan Coovadia's A Spy in Time tosses us in a blender of space and time, through the travels and trials of Enver Eleven, a philosopher of a secret agent, tasked with saving humanity. Gripping and inventive." ―Ayesha Harruna Attah, author of The Hundred Wells of Salaga "Riveting and inventive, Coovadia delivers the goods in a rollicking tale across time and perception." ―Gary Phillips, editor of The Obama Inheritance "A solid, well-told science-fiction story that, like the best examples of the genre, offers imaginative and intelligent contemplation of where we might end up, while also providing a space for the contemplation of where we are now and how we got here." --The Sunday Times "Quite a good story, too--not going to space-operatic lengths but rather focusing only on the essential. Coovadia is a talented writer, and the story flows--even with it's wild jumps (in time)--smoothly and engagingly." --Complete Review "Coovadia's style is crisp and clean, his characters intriguing and his ideas edgy. He obviously enjoys mystifying his readers, shaking them up and ensuring they sink into the quick-sands of his creation." --Jennifer de Klerk, Artslink.co.za