Timeless Time Travel Tales

  • by John Barnes, Nancy Kress, Ian R. MacLeod, Tom Purdom, Robert Silverberg, Allen M. Steele, Michael Swanwick
  • Narrated by Tom Dheere, Adam Epstein, Vanessa Hart
  • 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This collection of unabridged, unforgettable tales, written by some of science fiction's most esteemed authors, pays homage to one of the genre's most cherished story types. Whether time travel stories leap forward in time or slip into the past, they remain popular with fans.
John Barnes spins a tale of intrigue as the principles of science are discovered centuries ahead of time while mankind is divided into classes (Com'n and Liejt) and the Irish people are slaves in "Things Undone."
Nancy Kress masterfully alternates perspectives between Anne Boleyn and that of historians from a distant future to which pivotal historic figures are taken in order to prevent otherwise inevitable bloodshed in "And Wild for to Hold."
Ian R. MacLeod sends three time traveling historians from the future to rescue Captain Oates from the doomed Scott party amidst the race to the South Pole in the early 20th century in "Home Time."
Tom Purdom sets historians from the future on a high seas adventure to document a 19th century British Admiralty anti-slavery patrol in "The Mists of Time."
Science fiction grand master, Robert Silverberg, slowly slides the fifty-seven year old owner of a Toyota dealership in the San Francisco Bay area backwards in time towards his birth in "Against the Current."
Allen M. Steele tells the story of how a U.S. Navy blimp crewmember happens upon time travelers while monitoing Soviet sea traffic around Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in "The Observation Post."
Michael Swanwick follows the director of a dinosaur research center holding a timeline-polluting fund raiser located in the late Cretaceous period in the Hugo award winning story, "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur."
Genevieve Valentine observes the detrimental effects of time travel on the timeline through the eyes of a seamtress whose wealthy patrons are obsessed with their time period costumes in "Bespoke."

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A disappointment

Overall this was a poor collection of short stories.

A couple of the themes explored to illustrate the complexities of time travel were simply ludicrous as in `Bespoke` and even the normally reliable Robert Silverberg misfires here. `Scherzo with Tyrannosaur` is the one story with an interesting twist on the time paradox but most of the others are rather weak.

The narrators are of variable quality, some of them would be put to shame by the audio option of a Kindle, and give the impression of turning up for the fee.

It was probably a mistake to purchase this collection of short stories after listening to the excellent 11.22.63. by Stephen King.
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- Norman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-02-2012
  • Publisher: Infinivox