The Forest of Time and Other Stories

The Forest of Time and Other Stories

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by Michael Flynn
     
 

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"Interesting, engaging, and believable."-San Diego Union Tribune ***

Here is an eclectic collection of science fiction stories (and three short poems) by multiple award winning author Michael Flynn, author of such acclaimed titles as Eifelheim (Hugo nominee) and Firestar, called by the San Diego Union Tribune a 'knockout.' ***

This collection itself includes two

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"Interesting, engaging, and believable."-San Diego Union Tribune ***

Here is an eclectic collection of science fiction stories (and three short poems) by multiple award winning author Michael Flynn, author of such acclaimed titles as Eifelheim (Hugo nominee) and Firestar, called by the San Diego Union Tribune a 'knockout.' ***

This collection itself includes two Hugo nominated stories ("The Forest of Time" and "Melodies of the Heart") as well as a selection of some of the author's finest works of short fiction that were originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact. ***

Included in this edition are three humorous poems which also originally appeared in Analog. ***

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - John Peacock
This collection, beginning and ending with Hugo-nominated stories, provides a good working definition of "speculative fiction." Each story (all of which originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact) is followed by a brief discussion of how it came to be written. The stories include a scientific ghost story, a Western outside the orbit of Uranus, several Twilight Zone-type tales, as well as time travel stories that grimly evoke the periods involved. The Forest of Time tells the story of a time traveler lost on an alternate Earth not from the traveler's point of view, but narrated instead by Oberleutnant Rudolf Knecht, Chief Scout of the Army of the Kittatinny. In a world where the British colonies of the New World descended into petty squabbles instead of becoming the United States, Knecht is like a Pennsylvania Dutch Davy Crockett. He comes across a lost Hernando Kelly, who has traveled sideways in time. On the High Frontier is in most respects a Western. In Flynn's marvelous conceit, however, the gunfight is with laser blasters, the faithful steed is a spaceship controlled by a disembodied brain, the roundup is of the space whale-like jellybellies, and the ambush takes place in the pass of a gravity well around a comet. It is incredible how well Flynn has translated the classic Western into space. Mammy Morgan Played the Organ; Her Daddy Beat the Drum is the story of Leo Reissman, a physicist who brings the full force of science to bear against an apparent ghost in the central library in Philadelphia. Melodies of the Heart tells the story of Mae Hollaway, who appears to be at least one hundred years old yet begins remembering music and events that occurred years before she would have been born. This collection shows the depth of Flynn's writing and is a wonderful introduction to a rising star of the science fiction genre. It also demonstrates just how much ground the genre can cover. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[The stories in The Forest of Time are] unified by nothing but their author and their excellence... All are well-crafted and feature the kind of strong storytelling that good fiction needs... elegantly constructed and genuinely moving."
Kirkus Reviews
Ten tales, including the author's afterwords, from Flynn (Firestar, 1996), seven of which first appeared in Analog magazine—though the publisher doesn't tell us when or upon what basis they were selected. In the title piece, an experimenter is marooned with no hope of returning home in an alternate world where the US doesn't exist. Elsewhere, a genetics whiz accidentally transforms himself into a water-breather with gills and webbed feet; a space cowboy yarn amuses, as does a satire on New Yorkers—for a while; a scientific investigation of a ghost proves equally illuminating of its investigator; a neural net computer writes a bestseller (sound familiar?); and, in WW I, some—aliens? fallen angels?—feed on emotions. Best of the bunch: A powerful, reactionary soldier- turned-businessman arranges for aliens to remove the "useless" elements from society, with unforeseen consequences; a time- traveler hopes to moderate Pizarro's destruction of the Incas; and a misanthropic doctor, whose young daughter is dying of progeria (accelerated aging), discovers that a patient of his is 200 years old.

Wonderfully diverse themes, but Flynn belabors matters long after his point is made; his plodding prose style doesn't help, neither do the afterwords wherein he explains how smart he's been.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604504798
Publisher:
Arc Manor
Publication date:
11/28/2010
Pages:
362
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Forest of Time and Other Stories 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire collection is worth posting just for the novella at the end. I've lent out five copies of this book over the years, and never got a single one of them back, because IT'S JUST THAT GOOD.