By Robert Charles Wilson
À travers temps (titre unique : A Bridge of Years) est un roman de science-fiction de l'écrivain canadien Robert Charles Wilson publié au États-Unis en 19911 et en France en 20102.
Ben Collier, chargé de l. a. surveillance d'une maison permettant d'effectuer des voyages dans le temps, est tué par un voyageur temporel en 1962. Dix ans plus tard, Tom iciness achète cette maison qui, bien qu'inhabitée, est restée propre et en parfait état. Tom se rend compte que l. a. maison a effectivement une capacité à se nettoyer toute seule ; cette tâche est réalisée par de petits organismes cybernétiques qui en outre cherchent à réparer le corps de Ben Collier qu'ils ont réussi à maintenir dans un semblant de vie. Tom leur apporte son aide mais il va peu à peu comprendre les possibilités de voyages temporels qu'offrent cette maison. N'ayant aucune attache sentimentale, il se laisse alors tenter...
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It's just that I can't reconcile this false religion with my conscience. " Ardmore considered his words before replying. "Alec," he said at length, in a grave voice, "I think I can appreciate your viewpoint. I wouldn't want to ask any man to do anything against his own conscience. As a matter of fact, we would not have adopted the cloak of a religion had we seen any other practical way to fight for the United States. " "Most of your work as a priest of this church would be to help the helpless.
You shouldn't have, Jeff: The priests of Mota do not hitch-hike. " "Well, what do they do? " Thomas' face showed irritation most unusual in him. "Sorry. I shouldn't second-guess you. " asked Wilkie. " "Night doesn't mean anything to radar, Bob. " "I don't think so. We have an almost unlimited amount of power at our disposal – sometimes it scares me when I try to think how much. " "Giving notice to the enemy that there is still someone around capable of hanky-panky with electronics? " Wilkie shut up, crestfallen.
Tattoo and plastic surgery," the other returned. " "Mine's Ardmore. " They shook hands. "Very glad, I should say. " "Well, we can certainly use you. It's a scratch organization. " He turned away. "Places, gentlemen. Second act. Check each other's make-up. Wilkie, see to it that Howe and Downer are out of sight. " They started to comply. Downer touched Ardmore's sleeve. "Just a moment, Major. " "Eh? H-m-m-m – you've got something there. " "I'm willing to do it, if it's useful," Downer replied soberly.