(ā-tĕm′pər-əl) adj.: Independent of time; timeless. not limited or affected by time.
“Chiang’s stories conjure a celestial feeling of atemporality. “Hell Is the Absence of God” is set in a version of the present in which Old Testament religion is tangible, rather than imaginary: Hell is visible through cracks in the ground, angels appear amid lightning storms, and the souls of the good are plainly visible as they ascend to Heaven.” - Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker