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The Time Traveler's Almanac: A Time Travel Anthology Paperback – March 18, 2014
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Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland. VanderMeer speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cats, plants, and bird feeders.
- Publisher : Tor Books (March 18, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 960 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765374242
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765374240
- Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.18 x 1.7 x 9.33 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #216,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My lifelong fave genre of SciFI is Time Travel (TT) so this looked interesting. There appeared to be a lot of material in the book which was more fantasy writing mixed with much I would term 'Literary' SciFi… you know, where there's a lot being said in convoluted and flowery prose but the actual content is rather timid. Their publishing dates often place these perfectly in tune with that period in which the fiction establishment needed the self justification of superficially High Art before committing and admitting that SciFi was actually pretty cool. If you're old enough you may remember that.
I confess I had to grit my teeth and force myself to finish the book. There are two or three absolute classics as I rate them included but that means, if you're a fan of TT, odds are good you likely have already read them long ago. To be fair, what I think is self-indulgent nonsense and meandering waffle, you may find pure genius. You'll certainly have the chance to put your critical faculties to the test if you buy this. I gave it three stars solely due to the inclusion of Ray Bradbury's brilliant 'A Sound Of Thunder.' Greatness... surrounded by a huge number of WTFs?
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.