Palimpsest (novella)

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Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Charles Stross
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Subterranean Press
Publication date
August 31, 2011
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 136 pp
ISBN 978-1596064218

Palimpsest is a 2009 science fiction novella by Charles Stross, exploring the conjunction of time travel and deep time. Originally published in Stross's 2009 collection Wireless, it won the 2010 Hugo Award for best novella. [1]


Subterranean Press has announced that they will be reprinting the novella separately in 2011. [2]


Stross has stated that Palimpsest is effectively a rewrite of The End of Eternity , by Isaac Asimov. [3]


Pierce is a police officer with the Stasis, a special institution dedicated to the preservation of the humanity by its agents who are able to travel through time. Every time the humanity dies, the Stasis reseeds Earth with a new generation of humans to develop a civilization. However, the Opposition, an organization that seems to struggle against the Stasis, has been created over time, and it seems that Pierce is somehow tied to it.


  1. 2010 Hugo Award Winners at, published September 5, 2010, retrieved May 29, 2011
  2. Charles Stross --PALIMPSEST update Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine ., at Subterranean Press, posted May 11, 2011, retrieved May 28, 2011
  3. "Last time I did this, I Lied", at Stross's official blog; "If you could re-write one sci-fi (or fantasy) classic, which one would you choose, and why?" "for what it's worth, I've already done it a couple of times, deliberately or accidentally. (I didn't re-read "The End of Eternity" before writing Palimpsest, for example)"; posted April 12, 2011; retrieved May 29, 2011