From Ron Baxley, Jr., fantasy and science fiction author who writes about Oz and Disney:
"James Krych's This Point in Time combines the lost sense of wonder about the Space Race that was in the 50s and 60s that was in Walt Disney's first concepts of Tomorrowland with well-researched technology such as growing techniques in barren landscapes found in The Land pavilion in modern-day Epcot. However, not only does Krych have a self-sustaining moon base with crops and fish in his science fiction book that has been a long-time dream of many futurists/science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury and gives pragmatic technical details, but like Piers Anthony, he shows how a world of magic, Oz, can become juxtaposed with a world of technology (at least through its characters). Themes of the usage of technology versus the usage of magic and the differences and reliance on each are explored within the entire narrative.
Via spaceship, Princess Ozma is brought from the world of Oz to the Earth's moon through a wormhole or portal along with an outsider who first came to her world. In fact, she in a later chapter heals somebody with magic from her world much to the amazement of the tech-driven crew and the moon base residents. Within Krych's book, it is almost as if Ray Bradbury had the more whimsical, fantastic sides of himself merge more with the pragmatic side of himself. Nevertheless, what is different than some science fiction is Krych's is not only using the tropes of hard science fiction but incorporates facets of sociological science fiction.
By bringing the history of the Holocaust and the wandering of the Judaic people and their disputes about territory in a futuristic book about space travel, James bring a more historical and sociological angle to his book. His character Chatullah, is Jewish and is from a group of Romani who were horribly mistreated by the Nazis. Princess Ozma, upon bring brought to the moon base, has a dream full of horrific imagery about the Holocaust within it. Chatullah reveals to the princess that she is a gardener at the moon base, and Princess Ozma wants to assist her in the gardening. The military gardening specialist snubs the offer at first, thinking Ozma might be too soft to help her. However, Ozma reveals that she was once converted into a slave boy named Tip by the witch Mombi and had to do huge amounts of farm labor for her. Chatullah relents and lets her join her, and the young ladies learn so much more about each other than they did before. In fact, Krych has great character growth occur in both of these major characters. His grasp of characterization has become even stronger in this book than the rest of the series.
Not far in the narrative, Princess Ozma, with magic, heals somebody who has a negative reaction to Earth water of all things when the crew's technology does not work to help her. Scans by the medical crew have revealed that Ozma is very different biologically from the rest who are with her or at at the base.
Next, horrific descriptions of the Holocaust continue throughout the narrative through flashbacks or visions. One is of the ovens that were used in the mass destruction of the Jewish people in the 1940s. Chatullah later tries to explain to Ozma what was done to her people through the use of descriptions of confined fish, which in the moon base are raised in an aquarium-like environment that is more like a natural pool yet with a constructed bottom more thoughtfully constructed and with materials more lunar-friendly than swimming pools.
While she is doing all of this, the crew of the old Bravo ship see the advancements made in the communications for the new Bravo as well as the advancements in weaponry within it. Krych definitely shows his skill and penchance for hard science fiction. I personally like the sociological science fiction facets of his narrative a bit more, but this is a biase that I have. I think that fans of the science fiction genre overall, particularly hard science fiction, will enjoy this work.
The book soon goes back into the sociological and historical as Ozma, in a fantastic way through her dreams, is brought into the actual horrific experiments that were done in the Holocaust. Chatullah at this point further explains her relatives' connections fo the Auschwitz. Ozma is beginning to realize the stark realities of that history, but there is some mystery behind her connection to that historical period because she keeps being told to apologize to Chatullah during her dream.
On a side note, Jonathan, Betsy Bobbin, (and the former two's relationship), and adopted Tina and Tasha from Book 2 are brought back into the narrative shortly after this. Jonathan has been perplexed at how the wormhole that brought Ozma and he on their ship the Golda Mier to the moon occurred.
Next, Amalie, one of the Jewish moon base staff, works out the entry point and exit point of the Golden Meir from its position in Oz to where it ended up in orbit around the moon. As Amalie seeks a way to make her working a little into the Sabbath on the project to be justified, there is an implied, slightly humorous case of what Christians have called the ox being in the ditch regarding the Sabbath at this point. In fact, Judaic as well as Christian references are found within the work as they are found in Krych's other books.
In another chapter after this, some of the more horrible experiments done on human beings by the Nazis are alluded to in another dream sequence that Princess Ozma has. Again, there is a mystery that connects her to these events that will keep the reader turning pages. Shortly after this, Chatullah reveals an item to Princess Ozma which further reveals the thread of the mystery which Krych has carefully interwoven in the plot.
Chatullah teaches Princess Ozma a lot of fairly modern Judaic history and language and reveals her own family's connection to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. This is an expansive yet interesting section which I will leave to the reader. The young Romani and Princess Ozma share in other experiences, including comparing the Magic Picture of Oz to a technological device that Chatullah uses to bring images of Israel to the moon. Princess Ozma also reveals her deep, hearting relationship with Dorothy of Oz to Chatullah.
Next, two of the other Jewish residents of the moon base discuss Jonathan and his relationship with Betsy Bobbin and how he as a Jew married her in Oz and how they adopted the Indian girl on the spectrum, Anusha, which Krych's Book 2 focuses on. Jonathan's Jewish friends get him reimersed in the Torah and verses to help him with his struggles in life.
After this, Princess Ozma researches more on the Holocaust using an electronic device from Chatullah and has discovered the Hebrew Bible in her research. Chatullah teaches Princess Ozma, who only has a cursory knowledge of the text, about the Hebrew Bible at this point.
In a cut-away to another scene, Amalie is shown using at least three smartboards and various skills in technology, physics, and mathematics to determine the arrival time of the ship Jonathan and Ozma came in on through the wormhole. Having reading some of the dates on some of the chapter headings, I was perplexed at first. Then, I began to realize, though Amalie's discussion before many on the moonbase, there is a Wrinkle in Time-esque aspect to this part of Krych's book.
In yet another chapter, Biblical heroines are prompting Ozma closer to the answer to a mystery which flows through the entire novel. One of the higher ups at the moon base, within this same chapter, discusses a process of genetic engineering with the soldiers, basically discussing how it makes them super-soldiers. (I find this interesting that a book so alligned with spiritual aspects also seems to embrace scientific genetic manipulation;usually, one finds the contrary) It turns out that the higher in command in this portion of the narrative is one mentioned early on in the book, a fellow whose seargants take joy in stealing hummus from him despite all of his so-called superior aspects. This adds some well-needed comic relief, as it did earlier in the narrative, after some stark chapters.
The rest of the book deals with greater revelation about the mystery of Ozma's connection to the visions she keeps having and Chatullah and more details about how the ship traveled to the moon. For those who love hard science fiction with sociological science fiction placed on equal footing with the technological aspects and those who like fantasy coupled with science fiction, this book will definitely fit the bill.