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The Time Traveler's Almanac: A Time Travel Anthology Kindle Edition
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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.
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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