“Time Is Irreverent” by Marty Essen

38463380Time Is Irreverent
by Marty Essen
244 pages
Published: February 7th 2018
by Encante Press, LLC

I’m a huge believer in synchronicity.  You know, the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.  The author, Marty Essen sent me this copy to review a few months ago.  Well, I just finished reading a book about the top 100 Rolling Stones songs and the next book on my list was to be another top 100 (Springsteen, this time) or a musicians biography.  I decided I needed to do something different and saw the cover, and decided a good sci-fi should be fun.  (the understatement of all understatements, this book was extremely fun).  So I get done with the Stones and start reading this.

First thing that happens is the Earth man “Marty” finds he cannot pronounce the name of the race of aliens or their individual names and begins renaming them.  The race of aliens become the Keithrichards and the captain of the ship is Captain Jagger.  So I’m guessing the universe was telling me this book was the right one to read next.

As it happens the aliens are needing to change Earth’s history,  because the current leadership of crazy in the world is a mad man that likes to drop nukes to show that his hands are bigger (yeah you know what I mean).  To do so they must send Marty back to the year 31 AD to stop Christianity.

Numerous jumps takes our hero through the cretaceous period where he becomes the first person to picnic on Earth.  Then he falls in love with one of the strange aliens only to have another of the aliens, in a fit of jealousy, launch him far into the future.

The fun, the pop culture references (as well as the musical references) and political humor all are combined by Marty Essen to give you a sci-fi / comedy extravaganza that is a bit of fun to read.


Publisher’s Summary

An irreverent, liberal, twisty, time travel comedy!

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and 5 billion people poof from existence? Would you do it?

When alien time travel specialists, the Krichards, learn of President Handley’s game of dodge the mushroom cloud, they race to Earth to investigate. For them, the question of whether it’s worth it to change history is easy to answer, but they will only proceed if the human they deem best qualified to represent Earth agrees to make the change. Erasing Handley’s nuclear annihilation would require a quick jump to AD 31 to make a simple correction to the past. If the Krichards had selected a brilliant scientist or an elite athlete for the task, Earth might be in good hands. Instead they selected Marty Mann, a mildly successful travel writer, whose only superpower is not taking life too seriously. What could possibly go wrong?

Spanning from the Cretaceous period to 2056, Time is Irreverent is a hilarious, thought-provoking satire, with unpredictable twists, colorful aliens, huge dinosaurs, a smokin’ hot lesbian from the future, and a cameo from Jesus Christ himself!