Of Time and Place by BR Freemont
James Lendemen works for the federal energy department. The novel takes place in the future and is set in Savannah, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco and tracks the life, loves and career of James. The story goes between 2056, 2060 and progresses to 2085, tracking James through his quiet life.
The book begins in 2060 in Savannah. James has left the Federal Energy Department (F.E.D.) and is doing consulting work. Travel is greatly curtailed all over the country due to an oil shortage. Despite being nearly 50 years in the future, apparently the country hasn’t figured out alternative means of energy. They are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
“Of Time and Place” is a moderately paced book that reads rather like a diary, chronicling James’ life. We follow his career from his job in Washington, D.C. in 2053 where he works for the F.E.D. under Kate Hastings, to his job in San Francisco and later to Savannah.
Along the way, he has relationships with several interesting women, including Kate and her assistant, Jane. They, as with the other characters, are depicted from James’ point of view. He sees them as appendages to his mundane existence. He lives his life with little ambition, going from job to job and woman to woman in a bored fashion.
“Of Time and Place” is a low key depiction of one man’s life. It shows the futility of his existence. Nothing he does seems to make any difference and he goes quietly on until his death.