Green cannot stop his time jumps into the future; Zada must travel to the past to find out why.
Something is happening to Green. He is an ordinary guy, time-jumping forward at a startling, uncontainable rate. He is grappling to understand his present; his relationship is wholly tattered; his ultimate destination is a colossal question mark.
Zada is a scientist in the future. She is mindful of Green’s conundrum and seeks to unravel it by going backwards in time. Can she stop him from jumping to infinity?
Their point of intersection is fleeting but memorable, each one’s travel impacting the other’s past or future. And one of them doesn’t even know it yet.
Secondhand Daylight is a reverse story in alternate timelines between two protagonists whose lives must one day intersect.
A titillating offering from World Fantasy Award-finalist Eugen Bacon, an Otherwise Fellowships honouree for ‘doing exciting work in gender and speculative fiction’. In collaboration with three-time British Fantasy Society Award-winner Andrew Hook.
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Bacon (Ivory’s Story) and Hook (Interzone) bring a remarkable amount of compassion to this snappy time-bending tale... For all the time travel shenanigans, the story is deceptively clean and simple, brimming with both nostalgia and heart. Readers will have no trouble empathizing with these endearing characters as they search for meaning and connection across time and space. ~ Publishers Weekly, Review
In Eugen Bacon and Andrew Hook’s literary science fiction novel Secondhand Daylight, time travel complements a search for belonging… Secondhand Daylight is a refreshing take on time travel novels. Based in quantum theory, the stumbling blocks of time travel narratives are solved: time is no longer linear, and the Butterfly Effect no longer matters. The implications of immortality, knowing the future, and changing the past are addressed when Green and Zada hunt after each other through time. Secondhand Daylight is a thrilling science fiction novel about the serendipity of being in the right place at the right time. ~ FOREWORD, Reviews
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. What's great about "Secondhand Daylight" is that it's not about big problems for the whole world. Instead, it's a really interesting story that's well told. The story makes sense and flows smoothly. It's full of feelings and drama that make you feel for the characters. The emotions are real and touching, but the story doesn't become too sappy. The story keeps moving fast, always keeping your attention. It's creative and full of emotions. The main characters, John and Zada, aren't perfect, but you like them and want to see them succeed. The story isn't just about them – even the side characters are well-written and interesting, making the whole story rich and colorful. ~ Meirina S (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. A great read for any time travel fans. The story-line focuses on two protagonists reaching towards each other from different time periods. ~ Bruce Emmerling (Reviewer) , NetGalley
So, this is a time-travel story with emotional heft… it is nuanced and thoughtful and quite beautiful. Green’s growing sense of dislocation is adroitly handled, as is Zada’s increasing desperation as she misses him time and again. For anyone who has felt an opportunity slip away or who has wondered about possibilities lost, which must surely include most folk, this is a book that will resonate. ~ British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), REVIEW
Secondhand Daylight is playful, credible and clever: science fiction in the best tradition of ‘what if?’ It seizes reader buy-in to the welfare of Green and Zada. A scattering of secondary characters read perfectly, with nary a cliché or dud. Of particular interest is the sound envisioning of the near-ish future, post-Covid world, and the sharp eye on how the past appears when the observer handles it as history. Secondhand Daylight is an engrossing read for lovers of classy sci-fi and the enigmatic continuum of space-time. Let Zada and Green show you just how valuable each moment is. ~ Aurealis #157, Review
Secondhand Daylight is a fast-paced, cleverly constructed novel told from two points of view, and which takes place over a series of jumps both forward and backward across time. Bacon and Hook have made magic here. Focused more on ruminations of meaning and relationships and heart than details of time-travel technology, this engaging story is beautifully written with many lovely turns of phrase, its flawed and broken characters are fully realized and reading it is very likely to be an enjoyably good use of your own time. ~ Wole Talabi, award-winning author of Shigidi, Incomplete Solutions and Editor of Africanfuturism, Goodreads
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. ‘Second Hand Daylight’ is a speculative fiction novel by Eugen Bacon and Andrew Hook starring two characters, Green and Zada, whose lives seem to be worlds apart yet so near… “My life flashed before my eyes” would be an understatement for Green who at a sudden flash of light on the dance floor had a near death experience that started pushing him into the future. After that weird night of meeting his ‘’possible girl’’ his life ceased to be normal. He starts time jumping unknowingly. He would wake up tomorrow and it would already be next week, next month, two or three years into the future. It has a modern touch, punchy, edgy, adventurous, and zesty. The two authors gave us a fresh approach by bringing the two stories together. We are always told that in order to have a future we must look into the past… Zada, in this sense, found her future in the past and almost completely felt wholesome. ~ Book F (Reviewer) , Netgalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. In "Secondhand Daylight," John Green finds himself thrust into the realm of the inexplicable, a man propelled into a future unknown due to abrupt temporal shifts. These involuntary jumps, appearing as random disruptions, upend his life, leaving him disoriented and increasingly isolated. His once familiar connections, both familial and social, dissolve, rendering him unable to form new relationships. In a parallel narrative, Zada is entrusted with a mission that sends her traversing the temporal highway from the future, our future, with the singular objective of locating John Green. Her pursuit of him amidst the complexities of a world straddling centuries mirrors the challenge of finding a needle within a timestack. The beauty of "Secondhand Daylight" lies in its lack of grandiose global crises or the need for world salvation. Rather, it emerges as a captivating tale, devoid of extravagance, but skillfully narrated. It unfurls with an innate inner logic, a seamless progression that governs the narrative's unfolding. Emotions are interwoven, culminating in human drama that tugs at the heartstrings. The touching aspect of the tale remains genuine and poignant, yet free from any hint of sentimentality. Its momentum is unrelenting, hurtling through its narrative with a swift rhythm. It is a tapestry woven with ceaseless inventiveness and emotional resonance. The central figures, Green and Zada, though flawed, radiate an unmistakable charm that beckons readers to align with their individual struggles. The narrative not only spotlights their journeys but also adroitly portrays even the minor characters with depth, crafting a multi-layered and vibrant ensemble. ~ Meirina Soe (Reviewer), NetGalley
The calm and thoughtful perspective offered by Zada's later point of view made for a far more cohesive story--and that’s saying something, as the novel is, after all, a time-jumping frenzy in a futuristic setting. ~ The Bossy Bookworm, REVIEW
The ending isn’t predictable, it isn’t even an explanation. I’m still thinking about it. ~ The Australian Legend, REVIEW
Can’t Miss Indie Press Speculative Fiction for September and October 2023: Travel can take many forms, whether it be through space or in time. In the case of Eugen Bacon and Andrew Hook’s collaborative novel Secondhand Daylight, we’re in the realm of the latter. In the novel, Bacon and Hook focus on two intersecting lives—one person who finds himself jumping into the future, and another who must venture into the past to understand the reasons behind it. ~ Tobias Carroll, Tor.com
Beautifully disjointed and exquisitely nuanced, Bacon and Hook have deftly created a transgressive, dislocated narrative that will have readers losing hours with the efficiency of a time slip. ~ Dave Jeffery, author of the A Quiet Apocalypse series
Secondhand Daylight is written with the style and verve I've come to expect from Eugen Bacon and Andrew Hook. ~ Priya Sharma, award-winning author of All the Fabulous Beasts
Secondhand Daylight is a joy. It hurtles along at a cracking pace, is relentlessly inventive and always emotionally engaging. Both Green and Zada are spiky, flawed but eminently likeable characters and the reader is quickly drawn to them and their individual plights. ~ Terry Grimwood, author of Interference
An innovative and gritty take on time travel, fate and entanglement. This story grabs the twin spirals of nostalgia and future-shock in one compelling bite. ~ Justina Robson, author of Glorious Angels and The Switch
In Secondhand Daylight Eugen Bacon and Andrew Hook resettle readers beyond the laws of physics. They unsettle its foundations, fundamentals and possibilities in a universe where time travel scenarios hold ‘no basis in scientific fact’ and can ‘only be psychological’. This is a bracingly versatile and provocative book. ~ Dominique Hecq, award-winning author, poet and translator
A cracking tale of puckering timelines that shimmers with possibilities and blesses with impossibilities. ~ Clare Rhoden, author of The Chronicles of the Pale
Intriguing and poetic, this ambitious book combines hypnotic writing with a gritty cynicism reminiscent of William Gibson. Whether lost on the dance floor or to the mysteries of time, the story of the main characters’ stubborn survivalism will pull you in and not let go. ~ KC Grifant, award-winning short story writer and author of Melinda West: Monster Gunslinger
Hook and Bacon superbly capture what it is to feel out of sync with life. This is the new SF, a refreshing take on old tropes. ~ Tony Ballantyne, author of the Recursion, Penrose and Dream World series
Quantum Leap meets Memento in this clever exploration of time travel. The plot loops enticingly around an exploration of the personal impact of skipping erratically through time. ~ Phil Nicholls, reviewer and writer for the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA)
Secondhand Daylight is a tale of characters entwined back and forth across time that picks Green and Zada apart as they try to find themselves, to discover purpose, and maybe find each other. Everything ripples off the page -- words, phrases skilfully evoking place and character. ~ Scott Vandervalk, editor and author
Bacon and Hook’s novel Secondhand Daylight is an emotive and kinetic take on time-travel fiction, where magical realism and hard sci-fi collide to form an innovative and poetic narrative which fans of 80s post punk and books like This Is How You Lose The Time War will certainly enjoy. Secondhand Daylight is subtly queer and tinged with social commentary too, showing Melbourne changing through the eyes of two distinct and well-realised protagonists, starting in the recent past, and offering a surprisingly hopeful vision of a future yet to come. ~ Maddison Stoff, neurodivergent non-binary essayist, independent musician and author of For We Are Young And Free, a collection of meta-fictional Australian cyberpunk