Dreams before the Start of Time

By Anne Charnock
Read by Susan Duerden  and Derek Perkins

6.33 Hours 04/18/2017 unabridged
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In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating. In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family? Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.

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Summary

Summary

In a near-future London, Millie Dack places her hand on her belly to feel her baby kick, resolute in her decision to be a single parent. Across town, her closest friend—a hungover Toni Munroe—steps into the shower and places her hand on a medic console. The diagnosis is devastating.

In this stunning, bittersweet family saga, Millie and Toni experience the aftershocks of human progress as their children and grandchildren embrace new ways of making babies. When infertility is a thing of the past, a man can create a child without a woman, a woman can create a child without a man, and artificial wombs eliminate the struggles of pregnancy. But what does it mean to be a parent? A child? A family?

Through a series of interconnected vignettes that spans five generations and three continents, this emotionally taut story explores the anxieties that arise when the science of fertility claims to deliver all the answers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Susan Duerden adeptly portrays the various evolving relationships between a two friends, Millie and Toni; their children; and their parents…Duerden captures the characters’ familiarity with each other as well as the milestones they’ve shared, particularly the longstanding intimacy of Millie and Toni. Narrator Derek Perkins contributes a couple of chapters told from the point of view of a sperm donor who meets one of the resulting children who has sought him out. He provides an effective interlude from the intertwining relationships of the other characters.” AudioFile
“Highly enjoyable and thought-provoking…The futuristic technology depicted is extremely likely—in development as we speak—making the novel groundbreaking.” Speculiction
“Charnock pulls hard on the parent’s universal worry—that no matter what we do and how much we want the best for our children, somehow we aren’t doing it right—in a skillfully executed multigenerational saga that explores a potential future driven by rapid development of reproductive technologies…A story that feels personal and intimate.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: Anne Charnock

Anne Charnock is an author whose debut novel, A Calculated Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award and the 2013 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. Her second novel, Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind, was included in the London Guardian’s list of best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015. She began her writing career in journalism, her articles appearing in the Guardian, New Scientist, International Herald Tribune, and Geographical. She was educated at the University of East Anglia, where she studied environmental sciences, and at the Manchester School of Art.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 6.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English