Time Is Irreverent, by Marty Essen (Victor, Montana: Encante Press, 2018, ISBN 978-0-9778599-4-8) 238 pp., Softcover, $14.99.
Time Is Irreverent is not really a science-fiction novel. It’s a novel that takes familiar science-fiction tropes and bangs them together like that mechanical monkey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. From the clatter somehow emerges a delightful romp that scores solid satirical points about religion, human nature, sex, the Trump administration, and a great deal more. Along the way, it also manages to yield up one of the most harrowing global-warming apocalypses I’ve yet encountered—even in science-fiction titles that take themselves far more seriously than this one does.