‘The Atavist’ adds a humanist twist to time travel

“I was originally trying to come back with names for a person that idealizes the romantic past. Many words didn’t quite capture the feeling I was looking for, but The Atavist did — even though most people don’t recognize the word or its meaning. And that’s okay — we’ll help define it!”

SUBJECT: Dragon Bones

“Dear Charles; The codices become more exciting every day. This one should be of special interest to you in that it fits in with some of your previous theories. Apparent translation is as follows … ”
So begins a scholarly missive from a researcher at work in the reaches of Patagonia.