Ancestree by Liam Hogan

The day Emily announced she was pregnant with our first child, she sat me down, poured me a very large drink, and showed me her family tree. I looked for her near the bottom, but Emily– and I– were firmly in the middle, masking tape over our Date-of-Death. She held my hand as we traced the branch from our daughter, who would be called Anne, apparently.

“It’s complicated,” Emily admitted. “It’s our great, great, great-granddaughter Jessica who becomes the time traveller.”

Which was all a bit of a shock. And didn’t really explain why the family tree was a loop?

Liam Hogan is an award winning short story writer, with stories in Best of British Science Fiction 2016, 2019 & 2020, and Best of British Fantasy 2018 (NewCon Press). He’s been published by Analog, Daily Science Fiction, and Flame Tree Press, among others. He helps host Liars’ League London, volunteers at the creative writing charity Ministry of Stories, and lives and avoids work in London. More details at

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