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In a fictive universe imagined in eight stories and one novel, time is mutable, and once time travel is discovered, humanity's remote descendants, the Danellians, set up the Time Patrol to ensure that no changes to the past will wipe out their own present. This construct (also used in The Shield of Time ) acts as a wonderful vehicle for Anderson's love of history. Manse Everard, whose presence unifies this collection, is recruited by the Patrol and rapidly ascends to the rank of roving troubleshooter. Frequently Everard finds that to preserve his own future he must destroy an alternate one, and his success is made bittersweet by his empathy for people who will never exist except in his own memory. The writing is excellent, distinguished by Hugo and Nebula winner Anderson's skill at weaving a background of sights and sounds to make the stage, and thus the actors, more real. Four of the stories are reprinted from his first Time Patrol collection (1960), four are from more recent volumes, and the novel is new with this book.
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YA-- An excellent compilation of all of the author's short stories about The Time Patrol plus a new novella, ``Star of the Sea.'' Readers are given fascinating glimpses of people and places throughout history--prehistoric, Persian, Roman civilizations, etc.--as seen through the 20th-century eyes of agent, Manse Everard. Well written, with believable characters, this is Anderson at his best.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An old and much loved classis to me. If you haven't read this book and you are a sci fi fan you should!Published 12 months ago by J. Lang
Read these as a teen, and was feeling nostalgic. The stories don't hold me as they did when I was younger, but they are still great stories.Published 13 months ago by Brian L. Mcallister
These stories are so mind-numbingly dull. Weak plots, unremarkable hero, poor story conflict and disappointing endings abound in this omnibus of stories.Published 16 months ago by Traveler Kx
This is a reissue of all but one of Anderson's Time Patrol stories--this book and the standalone novel The Shield of Time should complete your collection. Read morePublished 19 months ago by the bookshelver
This is a collection of novellas. I enjoyed the first couple - well written, imaginative stories, interesting characters - but by the middle of the book, the stories became... Read morePublished 23 months ago by John Adams
Have a copy of Time Wars. Awesome anthology and have read Delenda Est a dozen times. Wanted to delve into Manse Everards world a little deeper. It was entertaining. Read morePublished on February 5, 2012 by MagnumCSC
A lot of SF now seems dated, but this one doesn't at all. It is an absolutely excellent collection of stories, tied together by the central character. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Saul Rosenthal
I got my hands on a version of this book that included two stories - the one set in ancient Tyre and the one with Odin the Goth. Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Noneya Biznez
In my opinion Time Patrol is one the best Science Fiction adventure tales ever written. If you enjoy action adventures stories or if you are a Sci-Fi buff this classic deserves a... Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by LEROY A DUCK