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Years In The Making: The Time-Travel Stories Of L. Sprague De Camp Hardcover – February 28, 2005
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Although de Camp did not invent the idea of the Alternate History story, he was most probably the best writer of that sub-genre of SF. This book contains some of his best stories ever in "The Wheels of If", "Aristotle and the Gun", "A Gun for Dinosaur" and "Lest Darkness Fall". Each are among the classics of SF.
De Camp was a learned man and his research is exhaustive. I recommend "Balsamo's Mirror" to anyone who attends Renaissance festivals, and "The Wheels of If" to anyone who worships their Celtic roots.
He speculates, wittily and gently on how socio-political-scientific attitudes in our own culture might play out, with a few tweaks in his fantasy worlds. Always an Entertainment. and he makes the reader look at familiar "givens" differently.
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L. Sprague de Camp is sadly somewhat obscure these days, despite being a major figure - and prolific writer - of the so-called Golden Age of Science Fiction in the 1930's and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alex Stark
A great read, classic.
De camp at his best, a great addition to anyone's library .
Do yourself a favour and grab a copy.
Some of these stories I remember form my child/adolescent days do not wear so well,
but some new to me - especially with a linguistic emphasis were intriguing. Read more