- File Size: 461 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Adventure Books of Seattle (June 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002BWPD1Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,409,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A common feature is that each story takes a single aspect of time travel, such as causing a paradox or sending a letter to an earlier version of oneself, and straightforwardly presents it. There is little exploration of further implications, subplot development or complex characterization. Many stories could be fairly characterized as "time travel anecdotes" rather than fully-developed stories. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the reader should be prepared for a different kind of story than is usually found in a themed anthology.
I believe there are two reasons for these commonalities. The first is my own perceptions. I recently finished reading two collections of "Year's Best" science fiction stories (Year's Best SF 14 and Nebula Awards Showcase 2009). These stories exhibit a level of quality and complexity that is a product not only of experienced writing, but of the nomination and selection processes used to determine the "best." Other collections understandably suffer by comparison. The second reason is more directly related to what I think Adventure Books hopes to accomplish. I believe that their "open call" intentionally drew responses from many writers who are less experienced and early in their science fiction writing careers. Showcasing these writers is a service to not only the writers, but to the genre and its readers. It's interesting to read an author's early stories.
I recommend this book to long-time fans of time travel fiction and as a good introduction for those who have not yet experienced this genre. I also have a suggestion for Adventure Books. Please consider a follow-up volume, perhaps titled "Time Passages," to be collected a year or two in our future that features more fiction from this same set of authors. We readers will enjoy the stories, and enjoy seeing the further development of these writers.