Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel: the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers venture into the past and observe history, unseen and unnoticed.
But they are not alone.
Another traveler is shattering history. Unhindered by desires to remain scientific and uninvolved, the intruder’s technology is far advanced with methods more brutal and a present more terrifying than anything Gustavo and his team are prepared for. As they apply their intellects and skills towards solving the mystery of the ferocious interloper, they discover that they have its full attention.
It was in my tenth-grade history class that I first got angry with American history. Each lynching and church bombing made me furious because the perpetrators got away with it. Emmett Tiller’s murderers confessed to the media with delight in killing the boy six months after they were found not guilty. Leo Frank’s lynchers not only walked free, but a few launched local political careers based on their crime.
The more I learned about history, either in class or on my own time during my compulsive reading, the more I learned that history is a masculine tale of the privileged employing brutality in order to preserve their power.
But what if something meaner was out there? What if something with complete knowledge of history had the ability to not only time travel, but strike the timeline like steel on an anvil? Would it enact vengeance on the inhumane? Could it embody my personal anger? How would the world change if something suddenly appeared, slaughtered a band of KKK during their malicious acts, and vanished just as quickly?
So I wrote The Line: a novel about a team of time travelers that have to ask themselves that question once they discover a mysterious party is doing just that.
About William Galaini
William Galaini grew up in Pennsylvania and Florida. His mother gave him an early love of reading, especially when it came to the great classics of science fiction. He is also a history buff and fascinated by mythology and folklore. His various vocational pursuits include being a singer in a professional high school choir, manager of the call center at a luxury resort, U.S. Army medic, prison guard, and middle school English teacher. As such, he is perfectly suited to breech a solid metal door, humanely restrain the enemy within, and politely correct their grammar all while humming Handel’s Messiah and drinking a lovely cuppa tea.
He currently hangs his hat, rucksack, and tweed smoking jacket in Northern Virginia.
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