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Time Machines: The Best Time Travel Stories Ever Written

Time Machines: The Best Time Travel Stories Ever Written

by Bill Adler, Jr.
     
 

The notion of traveling forward or backward across history—changing the events of your own life or those which came before you or those that have yet to occur—starts here with Edgar Allan Poe's "Three Sundays in a Week" and Rudyard Kipling's "Wireless," progresses through the years with past masters Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and John W. Campbell, Jr.,

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The notion of traveling forward or backward across history—changing the events of your own life or those which came before you or those that have yet to occur—starts here with Edgar Allan Poe's "Three Sundays in a Week" and Rudyard Kipling's "Wireless," progresses through the years with past masters Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and John W. Campbell, Jr., and finishes with contemporary science fiction by such writers as Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, Jack Finney, and Rod Serling. "An interesting collection of time travel short fiction from varied perspectives"—Library Journal

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-Even readers who generally avoid science fiction can find something enjoyable in this anthology. The 22 stories represent a wide range of authors and time periods. Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Issac Asimov, Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Connie Willis, and Robert Sawyer are among the writers included. The quality of the stories is exceptional; each tale is a thought-provoking experience. From the transportation of Sherlock Holmes to the 21st century to solve an enigma, to a time traveler who refuses to die, to a graduate history student doing his practicum in World War II London, all of the stories are readable, enjoyable, and stimulating. The cover claims that a tale by H. G. Wells is included (it is not). Despite this error, the book is highly recommended for young adults.-Carol DeAngelo, Garcia Consulting Inc., EPA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Kirkus Reviews
Only 3 of the 22 selections here would appear on almost anyone's "best of" list: Connie Willis's Nebula and Hugo Novelette Awardwinner, "Fire Watch," has time travelers helping to save St. Paul's cathedral from the London Blitz; Harry Turtledove's intriguing "The Last Article" wonders what-if Gandhi's nonviolent struggle had confronted not the British but the Nazis (it doesn't involve time travel, however); and Geoffrey A. Landis's Nebula-winning "Ripples in the Dirac Sea," whose time traveler is simultaneously dead and alive. Elsewhere, there are venerable but quite dull selections from Mack Reynolds, Jack Finney, Mark Clifton, Edgar Allan Poe, John W. Campbell Jr., Isaac Asimov, Rod Serling, and Rudyard Kipling, and more recent, so-so variations by Jack McDevitt, Molly Brown, Robert Sawyer, and Ray Bradbury. The less said about the rest the better. Conspicuous by their absence: J.G. Ballard, Poul Anderson, Henry Kuttner/C.L. Moore, Robert A. Heinlein, and Brian W. Aldiss.

Far from sustaining the absurdly hyperbolic subtitle: a selection that's no better than one chosen completely at random with editorial whim and nostalgia no substitute for scholarship and judgment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786710331
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/1902
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.18(h) x 1.12(d)

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