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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Predestination: The Future is History by S. W. Cotton is a science fiction novel that questions our general perception of time. When Dr. Syed Azad, an Egyptologist, is presented with ancient Egyptian tablets that bear a modern equation of quantum mechanics, he calls Stanford physicist Jake Banner to help investigate the mysterious find. He in turn invites molecular biologist Linda Cooper, and the trio meets in Cairo. This team of scientists eventually finds out that the tablets indicate that our past, present, and future are interwoven in a matrix in such a way that it defies conventional explanation. A mysterious character claims to have more archaeological finds that could help them untangle the mystery and they have to decide whether to continue their investigation and make it public and, in so doing, challenge scientific norms.
S.W. Cotton's Predestination: The Future is History is a science fiction novel that is both intriguing and informative. Using a language that ordinary mortals can understand, the author effectively connects with his target audience. The concept of time is intimidating to many readers but it is to S. W. Cotton's credit that his novel does not confuse or alienate the general reader. The characters are also very likable, and not intimidating, which is how scientists normally relate to average human beings. And as he takes us into the underbelly of Egypt and we become entangled in the mystery of this discovery, Predestination: The Future is History becomes one of those books that you want to finish as soon as you can. And in the end, you won't be disappointed.