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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765374218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765374219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The VanderMeers, claiming with a wink to have written their preface in 2150 under the watchful eye of the Preservationist Guild, offer these more than 70 stories as proof that fiction is one of the most effective time travel machines in the universe. Organized into four categories—Experiments, Reactionaries & Revolutionaries, Mazes & Traps, and Communiqués—this extensive survey traces literary time travel from its earliest published example, in 1881, to 2012. A collection of this size has something for ­every speculative-fiction reader, but this one is also carefully curated to show the depth and breadth of the field with stories that are humorous (Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, by Douglas Adams); chilling (Is There Anybody There?, by Kim Newman); or intriguingly odd (Hwang’s Billion Brilliant Daughters, by Alice Sola Kim). Characters move through time with the help of science, sure, but also magic, plants, and random mutation. Entertaining nonfiction essays bookend the sections. Authors include Connie Willis, Kage Baker, Elizabeth Bear, Charles Stross, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, George R. R. Martin, C. J. Cherryh, Charles Yu, and John Chu. --Krista Hutley


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Davis on March 18, 2014
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One of my favorite books from the past few years was The Weird. Originally, I was kind of hesitant to get this as I'm not a huge fan of light fiction but the variety in this anthology convinced me to get it. I'm glad I did. I think it has something that'll appeal to pretty much everyone. Also, I really enjoyed the non-fiction pieces too including the intro by Rian Johnson.

There are too many gems in this collection to name them all here. One of my absolute favorite was "Traveler's Rest" about a soldier who fights a war in a place where time passes more slowly then when he travels back home. The story is a very interesting idea and the ending was fantastic.

Another one of my favorites though was a contemporary piece called "Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters" and it's about a man who is propelled into the future every time he sleeps where he meets his descendants. I also really enjoyed "Fire Watch", the story of a history student who is sent back to London during World War II where he serves on the fire watch for St Paul's Cathedral.

"Enoch Soames" was a dark yet humorous tale about a writer who makes a deal with the devil to go into the future to witness his notoriety. "Life Trap" was a short but dark tale about an occult that finds out what happens after death. Lastly, "The Threads of Time" was an interesting story about an agent for the qhal who are allowed to travel into the past to mend time.

I got both a hardcover copy and the kindle ebook. The dust jacket and artwork look great for the physical book. Also, the kindle version is well formatted. Sometimes anthologies on Amazon have formatting problems and problems in the ToC. This did not.

One downside is that the physical book is really big. It's a little too big to hold with one hand so that's why I got the kindle version too. I still go back and reread pieces from The Weird every now and then and I think I'll do the same with TTA.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roochak on March 18, 2014
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"He...remembered the future with increasing melancholy." -- C.J. Cherryh

After their definitive international anthology of horror and dark fantasy, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, I was wondering what the Vandermeers would do for an encore. That turns out to be a 960-page time travel fantasy anthology chock full of stories most of us won't have read before.

Note the word "fantasy." The editors have deliberately downplayed what they call the "decidedly science-fictional" time paradox story (epitomized by the absent "By His Bootstraps" and "-All You Zombies-") in favor of fantasy stories with time travel backgrounds: their preface namechecks 11/22/63: A Novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, and How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel (Vintage) -- a thriller, a romance, and a comedy, all bestsellers, none of them marketed as science fiction -- as examples of where the time travel story has gone to find a popular audience these days. (That doesn't even include Hollywood, where time travel has never gone out of fashion.)

Only "A Sound of Thunder," "Vintage Season," a four-page excerpt from THE TIME MACHINE, and perhaps Ursula Le Guin's "Another Story, or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea" will be overfamiliar to SF readers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cosmology on May 4, 2014
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This is a "OK" book which does not live up to its title. As to "time travel" there are perhaps 8 excellent short stories out of a sampling of approximately 70 presented in this book the majority of which at best are only tangentially related to issues concerning "time." Why so few stories about time travel in a book which claims to be about time travel?

This book is thus notable for what is missing. There are perhaps over 100 excellent stories about time travel which have been published over the years, but only 8 of them appear in "The Time Traveler's Almanac." Presumably, it is this failure to include this vast literature which explains why Robert Silverberg in his review of this book stated "the only thing wrong with this book is that it isn't big enough."

If you are looking for a book which features short stories about "time travel" this book will disappoint. If you are looking for a compendium of short stories which have something to do with "time" then this is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh M. Levin on June 8, 2014
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I am not an expert on Time Travel, as a lot of commentators are, but this book has what I would call an excellent sampling of "Time Travel" stories. I use that term in quotes because a lot of the stories deviate from the general concept of time travel (for example, a story where a man lives in a giant clock, a slave to its workings -- what I thought was a very clever and thought provoking story, but one where it would not meet the definition of "time travel").

Then there are the expected time travel stories, like one where a man walks into a disaster, and has a limited amount of time before he dies, in which he activates a time travel device, and every time he returns to the present, he inches closer and closer to the disaster, unable to change the past no matter how many times he goes back. This was an excellent story, and you will know it when you read it.

The book is broken down into four sections:
1. Experiments - self explanatory
2. Reactionaries and Revolutionaries - people trying to protect / change / observe the past
3. Mazes and Traps - paradoxes of time travel. Bread and butter time travel stories.
4. Communiques - messages into past/future.

And in between those are non-fiction short sections, the best one, imho, being on actual concepts on how to make time travel happen.

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