- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587153807
- ISBN-13: 978-1587153808
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,374,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Collision with Chronos Paperback – April 1, 2001
Top Customer Reviews
Of course, Barrington J. Bayley has to explain these complicated paradoxes and actually comes up with an interesting if somewhat hokey (but original) theory. The "now" band of time is but a side effect of the universe and not a principle. Thus, time bands crops up at varying points heading in varying directions across infinite universes. What's so interesting about this interpretation of time and time travel is that most time travel clichés (time loops, meeting oneself in the past) are done away with. Time travel novels tend to tred the same ground in slightly different paths (and often identical paths), thus, Collision Course is a breath of fresh air despite its flaws. Any "fresh air" is welcome in an often moribund sub-genre.
Plot Summary (limited spoilers)
Henske, an archaeologist, works at an archaeological dig at an "ancient" city. However, mysterious evidence crops up that the ruins are actually, inexplicably, getting younger.
Earth, at this point in the future, is ruled with an iron fist by the Titans - blonde, blue eyed - who pursue an agenda of racial superiority over so-called deviants "sub-species." The Titans believe that they're exemplars of true man and the other racial groups (mostly annihilated) are the result of an alien weapon in the distant past that mutated the human gene pool.Read more ›
Bailey follows a fairly unique approach to time travel stories. The vast majority deal with an alterable timeline that must either be changed or preserved to save the viewpoint character's way of life, the universe, etc; or with a multiverse where myriads of ways unfold and what ever decision a character might make, other versions of that character are deciding to do the same thing or its opposite. One example of the former is Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories. There are many examples in Star Trek with its time loops and Predestination Paradoxes and Chiefs O'Brien avering their hatred for Temporal Mechanics. Larry Niven's All the Myriad Ways is an example of the latter. Catch that Zeppelin by Fritz Lieber and Joe Haldeman's Manifest Destiny offer alternate time lines within a multiverse. Another approach, my personal favorite, is that you can't change the past. This the premise of By the Time We got to Gaugamela by R Garcia y Robertson. You can go back, but whatever is about to happen has already happened. To paraphrase, all the history books agree that Alexander the Great is going to be alive tomorrow, but no such assurances are available for the time travailer in question. Bailey takes a totally different tack from any of these, one ""so original that it avoids all (most?) time-travel clichés".
According to The Newsletter of the Council for the Literature of the Fantastic, Bailey followed the ideas of J. W.Read more ›
A particular society is very conservative and racist, and the Titanium Legions insist on strict racial purity tests.
An organisation opposes them, but it may all be moot, as an alien time wave, in opposition to their own, is coming, and when the two meet, the old 'poof', not there any more is a distinct possibility.