Brian Paone

Author // Musician

Yours Truly, 2095

Editors: Amanda Rutter & Dan Ezra Golden Artwork: Aaron Austin

Editors: Amanda Rutter & Dan Ezra Golden
Artwork: Aaron Austin

Jeff Blue—the victim of a time-travel conspiracy—wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?

J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff’s journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming—something human.

During Jeff’s perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0’s origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.

Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins—a time over one hundred years ago.

 

"Yours Truly, 2095" has been nominated for a Hugo Award.


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

I just finished Brian Paone’s new novel Yours Truly, 2095 and I’m a bit sad. It was such a great thrill ride, I didn’t want it to end. It was such a rocket shot, from start to finish with lots of powerful tension points where I just had to keep reading. It’s essentially a sci-fi time travel tale (with some tidbits thrown in for ELO fans) that builds on some classic themes; robots who want to be human, time-lines that challenge each other, love across chasms of time. But it’s all woven together in a seamless way that builds on itself and creates a tapestry of competing realities.The strength is in the imagery. Whether or not the author intended it or not, the book completes a very 1980s vision of the 2090s, which is fitting because our protagonist, Jeff, is from the year 1981. Even stronger are the the dream sequences that link Jeff to his wife Julie, who is back in the good old 1980s. There are both scenes of great excitement and great pathos and I’m sure it will be clear to any reader that this novel will make a great film, right up their with Spielberg’s 2001 film, A.I.. Even if you don’t know the ELO album this tale is inspired by (Time (1981)), you can dive into this story that utilizes 20th Century music for a 21st Century narrative. I repeatedly went back to the ELO album during the reading, but a quick trip to Spotify or YouTube will give anyone the soundtrack to play while reading. I found this book very clever with a brilliant climax, and then, like any good James Bond movie, there’s still a bit more excitement to come. It’s nice to have some sci-fi that doesn’t seem forced or too “Young Adult.” It’s a mature tale about what we think we can control - time.
— Author, Randy Blazak
Couldn’t Put The Book Down...Excellent Read....
— Amazon
I was impressed by the fact that the writing, in terms of introducing the reader to a new world unknown, made me think of William Gibson right off the bat. The new America 80 years in the future is not so far-fetched. And then watching these changes from the protagonist’s point of view, who can’t quite tell what’s real and what’s not, was very well thought out and timed perfectly. The writing flowed very well, such a strong voice from a main character who has left the dissatisfied life he knows behind, yet is thrust into a future world of inexplicable mysteries with far more attractive aspects. The science explained in this book, while not overwhelmingly prevalent, was well explained, thought out, researched, and is completely possible. There is an aspect of drama and romance as well, which I felt fleshed out the piece very nicely in terms of being a book about love, family, and finding one’s place (even in time travel), more than it was a book about time travel, AI, and governmental commentaries. The writing style was wonderfully natural, and in the end, Paone sets the tone for what feels like was his point of the story - that we all just want to reach a point of happiness in our lives, and sometimes the ways and means don’t really matter as much as we originally think.
— Amazon
This is a beautifully written time travel thrill ride that will keep you hooked from start to finish!
— Amazon
Lots to love about this, it unfolds quickly with plenty of action and the plotline itself is original and interesting. One of the aspects I really admire is the way the more complicated and technical plot details are explained via dialogue. Writing convincing dialogue is not an easy task, and to use it to convey background information is doubly tricky. Brian pulls it off here like a total pro and makes it look deceptively easy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced escapist read with elements of mystery, science and romance.
— Amazon
Lots to love about this, it unfolds quickly with plenty of action and the plotline itself is original and interesting. One of the aspects I really admire is the way the more complicated and technical plot details are explained via dialogue. Writing convincing dialogue is not an easy task, and to use it to convey background information is doubly tricky. Brian pulls it off here like a total pro and makes it look deceptively easy. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced escapist read with elements of mystery, science and romance.
— Amazon
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The concept of time travel has always been something that messes with my head, but I like to read about all the potential pros and cons of it. I also liked reading about and remembering the things from the 1980’s. It took me back to my own life in the 80’s. The thing I got the biggest kick out of is the way the author named the chapters after songs from ELO’s Time album, and cleverly inserted lyrics from ELO songs throughout the entire book. I found myself giggling and saying “I see what you did there.” And then of course I had to reread the lines as if I were singing the songs themselves.
— Story Cartel
Hold on tight! Truly this is one stellar delight of a read. As a piece of a Sci-fi, Brian artfully tells a tale of intrigue and romance that keeps the pages turning, as well as the wheels in your mind. I felt as if I had actually stepped into the year 2095. All the little details are there, made very real. Inspired by the classic ELO album, “Time”, the author deftly draws references from their other albums as well. If you’re unfamiliar with ELO, it’s a great introduction; however, this book is written so deliciously that you can easily relish in it now, and discover the real-life band later on. Like a well-cooked meal, Brian blends the elements of time travel and storyline into a cohesive whole. He takes you on a roller coaster ride as you join the protagonist in deciding intuitively who to trust. Both 2095 and 1981 become believable and familiar worlds here, but there is also a poignant allegory of AI which is relevant to the reader’s present time. A splendiferous and heart-wrenching saga which keeps it’s momentum going strong to the very end.
— Amazon
I am no science fiction reader, actually I rarely read fiction at all. I bought this because I am a long time Electric Light Orchestra fan. The book is based mainly on songs and themes/lines from their TIME album, but ELO references are everywhere. The names of the band members are worked in, lines from other albums are here, names of places in the book, etc. This is a great bit of fun for the hardcore ELO fan, I enjoyed finding these references, like Easter eggs! As for the story, it was very well written, and the twists kept me wanting to read more. The characters were not over developed, but we slowly learn about protagonist Jeff Blue’s life back in 1981. I enjoyed how it developed over time, no pun intended. Strongly recommended for ELO fans. I may actually never listen to my TIME album the same way again!
— Amazon
Time travel, conspiracy, suspense, love: this book has everything I want in a novel. The characters are well developed, the plot is tight as a corset, and steady paced right until the the rip-roaring end where you WILL stay up and read those final 100 pages (even if you have to be up early in the morning!) This is the kind of book that the moment you finish it, you want to go back and read it again...in case you missed something.
— Amazon
If you enjoy time travel and music, you’ll love this book. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a slow reader and get bored quickly but Brian Paone’s work kept me engaged with his witty writing and fantastic story construction. I won’t spoil any story bits in this review but I will say that it’s a fantastic book and I am eagerly awaiting Brian’s next work.
— Amazon
I really thought this book was great in its concept and delivery. Yes, it is clearly based on Electric Light Orchestra’s 1981 album ‘Time’; a classic weird concept album that I love. That being said the book clearly stands on its own two feet.
— Audible
A time travel mystery with more than a dash of romance... A suspenseful read, brimming with twists and turns, and the story of a love that endures over time.
— Amazon
I enjoyed being submerged in this time travel suspense novel !! Mr. Paone vividly describe his scenes so that you become part of it, invested in the emotions with the characters he creates. A very good read, and highly recommended.
— Amazon
A great read which captures your imagination immediately! Jeff our hero is stuck in 2095 with a robot copy of his wife, the story twists and turns but will Jeff make it back home to 1981? The novel is very well written and keeps your interest, you can’t wait to come back to the book for the next exciting adventure. A recommended read for anyone who likes a romantic sci-fi story.
— Amazon
Amazing time travel adventure!!!! Spectacular interpretation of the music that inspired this novel! I still don’t know if I am team J0 or Julie, but look forward to the debates with my friends.
— Audible
This book has everything, time travel, conspiracy, romance, heartbreak, even a steady stream of classic rock. I couldn’t put it down. It sucked me in from the moment Jeff opened his eyes. I found myself feeling for the characters, hoping for the mystery to work out in Jeff’s favor, and forgetting I wasn’t really there. Paone writes with an easy grace that makes you feel the scene rather than see it. I felt like I was transported into a futuristic Doctor Who episode at times and kept waiting for the TARDIS to show up.
— Author, Kim Loraine
Nothing like I have read before. Pretty damn compelling! A hell of a read. Great plot twists and excellent dialogue. It stays fast and keeps the reader in the driver’s seat. A fun read! I began to think I was reading a Dan Brown novel because of its quick pace. An absolute joy of a book! Bravo!
— Beta Reader
This is a fun take on one of my favorite bands. Mr. Paone takes the goofiness of a concept album and distills it into a sensible narrative, but it’s still full of references and nods to Electric Light Orchestra. Excellent!
— Audible
Your novel sucked me in hard. Do not pick up Brian’s book unless you clear your day of other plans. It’s that addictive. You think you can read just a little but then it gets into your subconscious and tells you a few more pages can’t hurt. They are like potato chips: once you start, you won’t stop until you’ve finished the whole bag!
— Facebook
Wow. Loved this story. I was transported right into your 2095 setting. This novel is like Numb3rs gone sci-fi. Very thought-provoking. Your time-travel twist involved a 2095 event impacting one in 1981. Very cool. Best wishes with yet another wonderful book.
— Bublecow
[the book is full of] impressive extended metaphors that include external details coupled with intense emotional attachment. You piece together these passages well enough to have accomplished a unified, complete story. That ain’t easy.
— Beta Reader
Because 6 stars was not an option: I came to this book as a fan of Electric Light Orchestra and their album “Time”. This book takes the storyline of that concept album and expands it into a 350 page sci-fi story that could (and should) be made into a movie. If you are an ELO fan, you will instantly notice references to song titles and lyrics from ELO songs. And not just lines from hit songs - there are lots of deep cuts referenced as well as working in band member names and even record catalog numbers. After finishing the book, I immediately listened to “Time”. I have listened to that album at least 1000 times over the years, but after reading this book, I hear the album completely different. An example would be to listen to the song “Yours Truly, 2095” after reading the book and you will absolutely picture J0 as described by Brian Paone in the book. Paone does a remarkable job describing the year 2095 - you will feel like you are there. He also does a great job telling Jeff’s story from a 1981 perspective, reminding us that our present time is also Jeff’s future. Last week, after listening to some ELO, I decided to read the book again. I have NEVER re-read a book in my life. I will probably end up reading this book several more times and will recommend it to everyone I know. As I said at the beginning of my review, I came to this book as an ELO fan. I am now an ELO and Brian Paone fan.
— Amazon

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