Time. Time travel, time machines, temporal paradoxes, prophetic foretellings, space-time continuums. The concept of time pervades our various SFF genres, going back to the 19th century and appearing in much older mythologies as well. In many of these stories, time-related powers have been treated as world-changing and potentially universe-ending. Jump back with me, then, to 2018, when two books came out that treat the chronologically-powered in fun and thoughtful ways. George R.R. Martin’s Low Chicago is the only Wild Cards book to feature travel to the past (with all its paradoxical complications), while ‘time’ (without the travel) reoccurs as a major theme throughout K.D. Edwards’ Tarot Sequence books.
Fair warning: spoilers for Low Chicago, The Last Sun, and the Hanged Man below.