No Enemy But Time

 

John Monegal, rootless, alienated, beset by the manifold complexities of modern life, lives a secret life in his dreams, his spirit traveling to a bright equatorial world he comes to love.  A product of the postwar baby boom, he is reared as an air force brat, the adopted son of a staff sergeant, dragged from one air force base to another, from Seville, Spain, to Fort Walton, Florida, and Van Luna, Kansas.  Monegal's interior world is strange and confusing and an even more intoxicating alternative to the harsh and painful realities of his life in the twentieth century.

As a young black, working in a dead-end job, he encounters a man, a scientist, who is interested in his dreams and offers him the possibility of living them.  A secret experiment in time travel sends him a million years into the past in Central Africa and, at last, he finds his dreams . . . and his home.  Stranded and alone, he joins a tribe of proto-hominids and learns to survive while providing them with a few of the handy benefits of his own time and place.  Out of this life comes love and, eventually, family.
[From the flyleaf of the Timescape first edition]

Dedication:
To Floyd J. Lasley, Jr., Our mild Irish Godfather

 
No Enemy But Time, First Edition / Vincent DiFate New York: Timescape [Simon and Schuster]
[ISBN 0-671-44973-7] [hc] ($17.50),
April 1982; 397 pp.
[cover: Vincent DiFate]
No Enemy But Time, First British Edition * London: Gollancz
[ISBN 0-575-03121-2] [hc] (£6.95),
Jul 1982; 397 pp.
[no cover art]
No Enemy But Time, Book Club Edition / Vincent DiFate
New York: Timescape [Simon and Schuster]
[book club edition published by Doubleday]
[no ISBN] [hc] ($6.50),
October 1982; 339 pp.
[cover: Vincent DiFate]
No Enemy But Time, First US Paperback / Vincent DiFate * New York: Timescape [Pocket]
[ISBN 0-671-83576-9] [pb] ($3.50),
April 1983; 397 pp.
[cover: Vincent DiFate]
* New York: Timescape [Pocket]
[ISBN 0-671-49615-8] [pb] ($3.95),
[undated]; 397 pp.
[cover: Vincent DiFate]
No Enmy But Time, 1st Bristish Paperback * London: Sphere
[ISBN 0-7221-1945-3] [pb] (£2.25),
August 1983; 397 pp.
[cover: unidentified]
No Enemy But Time, 1st Spanish / Norma-Bernal [as Sólo un enemigo: el tiempo]
[Spanish translation by César Terrón]

Barcelona: Acervo (#55)
[ISBN 84-7002-364-0] [hc], (1822 pta),
January 1984; 480 pp.
[cover: Norma-Bernal]

No Enemy But Time, 1st German / Rafael Lopez-Espi/Norma [as Nur die Zeit zum Feind]
[German translation by Biggy Winter]

Munich: Heyne (#4095)
[ISBN 3-453-31055-1] [pb] (DM 9.80),
July 1984; 415 pp.
[cover: Rafael Lopez-Espi/Norma]

No Enemy But Time,  First Italian Edition / Sandro Pergameno [as Il tempo è il solo nemico]
[Italian translation by Roberta Rambelli]

Milan: Editrice Nord (Narrativa d'Anticipazione #43)
[no ISBN] [trade pb] (Lire 8000),
June 1984; 346 pp.
[cover: Giorgio Turino; introduction by Sandro Pergameno]

No Enemy But Time, Paperback Reprint / John Jakes New York: Bantam Spectra
[ISBN 0-553-28187-9] [pb] ($4.95),
September 1989; 338 pp.
[cover: John Jinks]

[Note: published as a "Spectra Special Edition"]

No Enemy But Time, BOMC Edition / Bill Osborn * New York: Book-of-the-Month Club
[no ISBN] [hc] ($14.95),
July 1990; 397 pp.
[cover: Bill Osborn]
No Enemy But Time, Leatherbound Edition * Norwalk CT: The Easton Press
[no ISBN] [leatherbound hardcover] (no published price),
April 1991; 397 pp.
[introduction: Pamela Sargent; frontispiece: Ellen Farley]
No Enemy But Time, 2nd Italian / Peter Jones [as Il tempo è il solo nemico]
[Italian translation by Roberta Rambelli]

Milan: Editrice Nord (Cosmo Argento #278)
[ISBN 8-429-0958-0] [trade pb] (Lire 22000),
April 1997; 346 pp.
[cover: Peter Jones]

No Enemy But Time, UK reprint London: Gollancz SF (#41)
[ISBN 0-575-07096-X] [trade pb] (£10.99),
April 2000; 397 pp.
[no cover art]
No Enemy But Time, 1st e-book / Jamie Bishop North Bend WA: ElectricStory.com
[ISBN 1-930815-16-6] [RocketEdition e-book] ($7.99),
[ISBN 1-930815-15-8] [Microsoft Reader e-book] ($7.99),
[ISBN 1-930815-33-6] [Mobipocket e-book] ($7.99),
July 2000; 310 pp.
[cover: Jamie Bishop]
No Enemy But Time, 1st Polish [as Nie Masz Wroga Prócz Czasu]
[Polish translation by Zbigniew A. Krolicki]

Poznañ: Zysk i S-ka Wydawnictwo
[ISBN 83-7150-606-6] [pb] (29 zlotych),
2000; 384 pp.
[cover: Dariusz Jasiczak]

No Enemy But Time, 2nd Spanish [as Solo un enemigo: el tiempo]
[Spanish translation by Ana I. Domínguez, Concepción Rodríguez, and María del Mar Rodríguez]

Madrid: Edición de Factoría de ideas (Solaris ficción #64)
[ISBN: 84-9800-148-X] [trade pb] (18,95 €),
June 2005; 327 pp.
[cover: Michael Whelan]

No Enemy But Time, Gollancz Masterworks Edition London: Gollancz [SF Masterworks]
[ISBN 978-0-575-09311-9] [trade pb] (£8.99),
[ISBN 978-0-575-09312-6] [ebook] (£4.49),
Aug 2013; ix+365 pp.
[cover: Christopher Gibbs]
 

Compiled by Michael H. Hutchins