I found this story a little difficult to follow. A bit too technical. What it appears to be is that the telephone wasn’t invented by Alexander Graham Bell in the past, but a more recent Graham Bell, brother of Alexia, the narrator. When he invents it, it rapidly takes over the world. The discussion used is that all communications are monitored by censors, and that the telephone bypasses the censors, so it’s like a group of rebels get onto the bandwagon. But the ingenious “time travel” concept is that, because telephones bring people closer together (negate distance, effectively), one messes with time, contracting it. So that time expands the more telephones are used.
At least, I think so. I dunno. A little confusing, and I sortof finished reading it scratching my head some. It was like I had a half-grasp on the wisps of what she was trying to get at with the distance/time thing, and then they just vanished in the morning sunshine.
My fellow time travelling readers are: