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Pastwatch
by Orson Scott Card
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PublisherTor Books
Release Date2009-11-30 (added to CC 30 May 2011)
Amazon Sales Rank30,799
In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

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(13 Oct)
Card creates a world where the inhabitants can see into the past. They realize that Columbus's discovery of the New World started the decay and death of the world they were left to die in. You see his discovery causes the world to slowly die. The Pastwatcher's pinpoint the exact moment when history was changed. They see Columbus meeting a person from the future and tell him to go to the west in search of the New World. They send people back in time to warn the indigenous people of his coming, thus changing the future. Knowing that changing the future will erase their people from history they take a world wide vote to do it anyway knowing the world ending outcome if he is not stopped.
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