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After the publication of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells in 1895, the popularity of time-travel stories skyrocketed and has remained a popular narrative device in the genre ever since. This anthology, compiled by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg -- including classics by Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, and Ursula K. Le Guin -- may be the finest collection of time-travel stories ever amassed.
Sturgeon's "Yesterday Was Monday" chronicles the plight of an automobile mechanic who has accidentally stumbled into in-between time and, to his horror, realizes that he is "an actor on stage before the sets are finished." Jack Finney's "I'm Scared" is a psychological thriller about an ordinary man who, after years of gathering firsthand accounts of strange missing-person cases, comes to the terrifying conclusion that these people are inexplicably reappearing decades later in time. Bradbury's "A Sound of Thunder" follows trophy hunters who go back 60 million years to bag a T-Rex and the consequences of what happens when a prehistoric butterfly is accidentally killed. In Richard Matheson's "Death Ship" -- the basis of a legendary Twilight Zone episode -- three astronauts land on a planet, only to find their ship destroyed and themselves dead.
From Sturgeon's 1941 classic to Le Guin's "Another Story or a Fisherman of the Inland Sea" (1994), this anthology -- which features all 18 stories in chronological order -- is simply flawless. For historians of the genre who enjoy reading how certain themes have been radically transformed over the decades, this powerful and enlightening collection is a must-have, plain and simple. Paul Goat Allen