Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance

I’m a big fan of Ian McDonald’s science fiction novels. The Dervish House and Luna: New Moon are complicated, intelligent stories about how societies cope with advanced technologies. McDonald’s next (and final) novel in the Luna trilogy, Moon Rising, isn’t hitting bookstores until 2019, but we will have a new story from him to tide us over while we wait: Time Was.

This book is a novella from Tor.com about Ben and Tom, two engineers who fall in love while working on a secret project for the British government during World War II. When they vanish during an accident, the two men are presumed to have been killed, but they’re still alive, simply cast apart in time. They search for one another across the decades, leaving clues in books as...

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