What is the All Father Paradox novel about?

You might have heard of the Grandfather Paradox? It’s a serious hazard for any would-be time travellers. Imagine you invented a time machine. It is possible for you to travel back in time, meet your grandfather and kill him, all before he sired his own children (your mother or father). This prevents your own conception, and since you don’t exist, you can’t invent the time machine, which means you can’t kill your grandfather, which ensures you are born, and so on.

The paradox applies to any action that alters the past, since there is a contradiction whenever the past becomes different from the way it was. The fact is though, what seems like a constantly looping series of events can be quite easily explained. What is really happening is that two entangled histories are occurring simultaneously: namely, you are born and able to go back in time to kill your grandfather AND you’re not born and your grandfather is alive. Picture two coils of DNA, twisting and turning but never touching.

Of course, you have heard of Odin, the wind god, the war god, the god of death and of poets, worshipped by rulers across the Viking Age, yet cursed for being a sorcerer and a shapeshifter. He’s mentioned by the Roman historian Tacitus, cited as a founder of Old English and Scandinavian royalty and is the likely point of origin for Santa Claus.[1] And he’s not done yet: there is a resurgence in adherents to Odin’s ancient teachings, Iceland’s first pagan temple in 1000 years ready in late 2018.

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Writing a Saga for the 21st Century: The All Father Paradox