New Yesterday is the newest science fiction novel by Frasier Armitage, releasing April of 2023. Frasier has a history of writing science fiction stories at the intersection of time travel, memory, and currency. Just how commodified can the human experience get? How much freedom do we have to pursue our own alternate realities? Let's explore this further.
New Yesterday is not just another time-travel novel. A corporation offers people the ability to change their past to have the present they want, with different lifestyle packages available based on the extent of the changes, and the level of assurance provided that the changes will stick. The book doesn’t send the characters back into the past; that’s handled for them. Instead, it focuses on the ramifications in the present, which is a neat and less common take on the idea. Due to the gaps in memory it reads somewhat like the movie Jacob's Ladder as a surreal psychological thriller.
…Here, we don’t just trade in three dimensions, we trade in four…
Once we change a past, it’s gone.