When NYPD forensic detective Phil D'Amato takes a call from a lady physicist about her missing husband, he has no idea that her life, his life, and every other scientist working on a top-secret time travel project will soon be in dire jeopardy. As the number of dead begins to mount, D'Amato starts to realize that the suspect is not any one person or group but something much more sinister and dangerous.
"The Chronology Protection Case" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novelette of 1995. The story was adapted into a low-budget movie by Jay Kensinger (now on Amazon Prime Video), and an Edgar-nominated radio play by Mark Shanahan.
Michael Main on Time Travel Nexus wrote:
"The Chronology Protection Case takes us to that frightening but fascinating boundary shrouded in the mists of unpredictability between fact and fantasy."
Steve Sawicki on SFRevu.com wrote:
about the movie: "an enjoyable, low-budget adaptation of Paul Levinson’s story with a fine version of D’Amato"
Mike Haberfelner on [re]search my trash wrote:
"The Chronology Protection Case started out as a short story by Paul Levinson. One of his more noted ones and the one where he introduced his popular recurring character, the forensic scientist Phil D'Amato."
Kristiana Maroudas on Kristi Kritiques wrote:
"sci-fi-whodunnit that takes very big, scientific-sounding ideas and brings them down to a level where they no longer sound brain heavy but actually work pretty well as the driving force of a genre story - which doesn't mean there aren't still twists and turns aplenty"
Martha Eskuchen on Martha's Bookshelf wrote:
"The intricate plot leaves you unable to turn away, in fear that you’ll miss a crucial piece to the puzzle."
"If you enjoy ... fun stories, this is a quick mystery with an ironically twisted plot."
Here is a trailer to the 2013 recut with expanded ending of The Chronology Protection Case 45-minute short film, available on Amazon Prime Video.