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Publication Date

Spring 2016

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Nicholas Taylor


fiction, future, horror, science fiction, speculative, time travel

Subject Areas

Creative writing


In this speculative fiction novel, two women must survive a brutal world, its savage inhabitants, and the inevitability of their past. In Earth's future, humanity has been largely obliterated. The titular character Geraldine and her best friend Mary become victims of scientific experimentation involving time travel. Eventually they find themselves stranded in their dangerous past, where they must cling to one another to have any hope of survival. The novel is structured in three parts and covers three separate periods in the characters' lives, narrated by Mary. Though it contains elements of science fiction and horror, the novel's primary concern is the development and destruction of the relationship between Mary and Geraldine. Themes within the novel include female suffering in a world dominated by physical violence and strength; the universal conflict between control and chaos; and human agency in the face of immutable time.