Imagine being able to change light-speed, suppress time, and travel fifty years into the future, all to save the life of the one you love. Thatís the premise of author Richard Mgrdechianís 3000 Years, a futuristic adventure that combines cutting-edge nanotechnology with a love story between a brilliant professor and a woman with little time left to live.
John Bennett is the hero of the story, a professor and physicist on the verge of a major discovery when campus politics threaten to derail his future. He also learns that his beloved girlfriend, Dawn, is dying of cancer and has less than a year to live. His only choice is to finally test his time suppression technology on human specimens - particulary himself, Dawn and his colleague, Sam. They all agree to go fifty years into the future in pursuit of a cure and their own curiosity.
Once they succeed, though, they discover an America far different from the one they left. They have entered a politically unrecognizable landscape where nanotechnology threatens to be the weapon of mass destruction. As John tries to save Dawn, he gets involved with the sinister plans of an old student bent on releasing a deadly nano-virus that could destroy the entire planet.
Part time-travel story, part diatribe on the dangers of scientific extremism, this novel succeeds as an interesting and intriguing read, even though the dialogue is at times stilted and the characters never really get the fleshing out they deserve. Missing pieces in the storyline, such as how the time travelers managed to purchase items fifty years in the future when no mention is ever made of how they got the currency needed, may throw readers, as well as the off-putting, rather stereotypical dialog of Chinese character Harold Fu, which makes him sound like a Saturday morning cartoon character.
The focus of 3000 Years is obviously on the technology, and it is engaging. The book definitely makes you wonder what the future holds, and about what your own choice would be if faced with the prospect of death and a time machine. Would you leave your beloved family and friends to venture fifty years into the future, not knowing what to expect, and with no guarantees? That is what makes 3000 Years most intriguing. For John, Dawn and Sam, the trip is well worth the price they pay.