- Mass Market Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: Ace (August 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441651712
- ISBN-13: 978-0441651719
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,156,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- "Introduction" (1981) by John F. Carr tells us about Piper's beliefs in incarnation and the theories of J. W. Dunne.
- "Genesis" (1951) concerns a group of castaways on a strange planet.
- "He Walked Around the Horses" (1948) continues the story of Benjamin Balhurst.
- "The Last Enemy" (1950) is a prequel to the Paratime Police stories. It follows a man into another world.
- "Police Operation" (1948) is the first Paratime Police story. It involves a creature killing domestic animals in another timeline.
- "Temple Trouble" (1951) is another Paratime Police story. It brings adherents of another god into the Kingdom of Zurb.
- "Time Crime" (1955) is a Paratime Police story. It details the illegal transport of migrant workers across the timelines.
These tales are all about crosstime, but not necessarily Paratime. As indicated, the last three are Paratime Police stories. The others are about crossing the timelines.
The second story is about a historic event that occurred as stated. Balhurst disappeared while inspecting his replacement horses. No one has yet determined what really happened to him.
This volume encompasses all the author's short stories about crosstime, except for the stories in Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen. These stories are also found in The Paratime Omnibus, but without the introduction.
Highly recommended for Piper fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of crosstime incidents, criminal practices, and policing paratime. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
Definitely worth a read if you like SF.