All Clear

All Clear picks off where Blackout left off, with Michael, Polly, and Merope stuck in 1940s London during the Blitz.


Release Date
October 19, 2010


Book Genres
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Science Fiction Fantasy

Book Series
Oxford Time Travel



In Blackout, award-winning author Connie Willis returned to the time-traveling future of 2060—the setting for several of her most acclaimed works—and dispatched three Oxford historians to World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the midst of the Blitz. When the three are unexpectedly caught in London in 1940, they battle not just to find their way home, but also to survive as Hitler’s bombers seek to pound the city into submission.

The situation has deteriorated even further. Small inconsistencies in the historical record appear to show that one or all of them influenced the past, influencing the outcome of the battle. The assumption that the past can be observed but never changed has always been central to time-travel theory—but now it appears that the hypothesis is horribly, tragically wrong.

Meanwhile, in 2060 Oxford, Mr. Dunworthy, the historians’ supervisor, and seventeen-year-old Colin Templer, who has a tremendous love on Polly, are involved in their own frantic and almost impossible struggle to find three missing needles in the haystack of history.

All Clear is more than just the triumphant conclusion of the adventure that began with Blackout. It is told with compassion, humor, and an artistry that is both inspiring and sad. It’s Connie Willis’s most humanistic and sincere work yet, a clear-eyed celebration of faith, love, and the quiet, regular acts of valor and sacrifice that history too frequently overlooks.