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Product Details

  • Series: Mammoth Book of
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076244939X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762449392
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This anthology tries to include every implication of time travel, and does a surprisingly good job at it, moving from the exploratory to the possibilities of awful consequences of altering the flow of time. It opens with Gregory Benford’s slight, cautionary “Caveat Time Traveler” and closes with Kristine Kathryrn Rusch’s “Red Letter Day,” about the dangers of knowing the future and the complicated safeguards that might be used to prevent terrible consequences. Liz Williams provides a cruise ship lost in time, and its rather alarming journey. David J. Lake’s “The Truth about Weena” offers up an interpretation of possibilities set forth in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine. Ellen Klages’ “Time Gypsy” remains a genuinely delightful short scientific romance. Kage Baker’s epic Company universe makes an appearance, with the Company handling a rather unfortunate situation involving one of its operatives. There are a few thematic arcs, all outlined in the brief editorial introductions to each story. Overall, the anthology is quite entertaining, and it maintains a pleasing balance between the more familiar tropes of time travel and imaginative alternatives. --Regina Schroeder

About the Author

Mike Ashley is a full-time writer, editor, and researcher with almost 100 books to his credit. He lives in Kent, England.

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My novel The Silk Code won the Locus Award for Best First Nove1 of 1999, and was published as an "author's cut" Kindle edition in 2012. My other science fiction and mystery novels include Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague (2002, 2013), The Pixel Eye (2003, 2014), The Plot To Save Socrates (2006; author's cut Kindle 2012; Entertainment Weekly called it "challenging fun"), and Unburning Alexandria (2013). My short stories have been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, Edgar, and Sturgeon Awards. Nine nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone (2004), and New New Media (2009, 2nd edition 2012) have been the subject of major articles in the New York Times, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, and have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and ten other languages. I appear from time to time on MSNBC, Fox News ("The O'Reilly Factor"), The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, NPR, BBC Radio and other TV and radio programs - I like talking just as much as writing. I'm also a songwriter, and have been in several bands over the years - one had two records out on Atlantic Records in 1960s. My 1972 album Twice Upon a Rhyme (on HappySad Records) was re-issued on CD by Beatball/Big Pink Records in 2009, and on re-pressed vinyl by Whiplash/Sound of Salvation Records in 2010. I was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009, and review the best of television on my Infinitte Regress.tv blog. Last but not least: I have a PhD in Media Theory from New York University and am Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in New York City.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it to any science fiction reader who loves time travel.
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A good selection of time related short stories, better than some other collections I've read.
mikey
All the stories in this megapack are excellent, original, well written and engrossing.
Norma

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
The publisher's "Mammoth Book of" series, under a variety of editors, has included some pretty good anthologies and others that are painfully inept. This, happily, is one of the more successful ones. Even better, there are many authors among the twenty-five represented here with whom I'm completely unfamiliar, so I've made some discoveries to add to my "To Read" list. Eleven of the stories were written in the 21st century and most of the remainder are from the 1990s; only a couple are truly classics, including Fritz Leiber's "Try and Change the Past (1958), Robert Silverberg's "Needle in a Time Stack" (1983), and Christopher Priest's "Palely Loitering" (1978). Ashley's intent, he says, was to avoid work that had been over-anthologized, no matter how good it was. As I say, the result is some new discoveries.

Anyone who has been reading time travel stories for a few decades has learned to sort them into categories. There's the accidental trip though time, either by sheer brain power or as a result of natural forces (being struck by lightning is popular), and there's the deliberate journey, usually with the aid of a machine. There are stories in which the traveler can change the past and those in which reality rigidly rejects tampering (and you'd better watch out). And there are stories featuring a "time patrol" whose mission is to keep things from getting out of hand. All those themes appear here, and Ashley's brief introductions will tell you which is which. In fact, he groups the stories by type.

One of the best things here is "Century to Starboard," by Liz Williams, about a luxury liner coming unstuck in time; an old trope but very nicely handled.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2013
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I would highly recommend this anthology. Honestly, I enjoyed every story in the book; and Ashley's deft arrangement gave the entire collection a nice rhythm and flow. His introductions to each story were also appreciated. Overall, a nice collection, full of novel time travel ideas, and stories that inspired my intellect and stirred me emotionally. Well done, Mike Ashley!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pat Gallagher on October 26, 2013
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You like time travel? You will like this book, with 25 stories I mostly haven't read before. Very clever, very imaginative. Fritz Leiber and Robert Silverberg are in there, along with more modern authors. I bought it for my sister-in-law, who is a huge sci-fi fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank M. Donald on April 7, 2014
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Excellent collection of time travel stories.
My preference is to alternate history and some of these stories leaned in that direction while others were straight time travel.
Either way, a good afternoon's reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brujaja on April 4, 2014
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I read science fiction ravenously, and I especially like anthologies. I have read all of the "Year's Best"-type SF anthologies. So I was very surprised that only one of the stories had I already seen. The stories in this book are all of the same high quality that you find in best-of anthologies. I enjoyed it greatly, and consider it well worth the price.
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Apparently the good writing in SF at present is in the realm of the short story rather than the novel. Aside from Wool, which was a decent book, and perhaps at most a couple of others, SF novels of the past decade have been terribly disappointing. Fortunately, this book and Robot Uprisings have provided some good recent short fiction. Like other reviewers of this collection, I did not like every story, but most were good and all were passable. This is the best we can hope for, I suppose, until some new SF writers come along who can create truly fascinating SF environments populated with three-dimensional characters enmeshed in interesting plots.
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By I. silverman on July 1, 2014
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Not a bad story in the group, and most I've not seen before. Volume of stories is also good. Worth the money.
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By Peter Wesley on June 10, 2014
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This one is far above the usual story quality to be found in the 'Mammoth Books' and packed with treats you won't find anywhere else. Pay particular attention to the Simon Clarke entry, then go find his excellent sequel to John Wyndham's 'Day of the Triffids'. In general, these stories take full advantage of every conceivable ironic twist one might hope for within the subject of time travel. This consistently interesting collection is well worth your 'time'.
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