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The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and mostdefinitivecollection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer,this book compilesmore thana century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of th ...more
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Published March 18th 2014 by Tor Books (first published November 7th 2013)
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Mark
As we approach the end of the year, we get another behemoth collection from the Vandermeers and Head of Zeus. After 2011′s The Weird, which deservedly won awards, and last year’s Zombies! in 2013 we get The Time Traveller’s Almanac. (Or at least we do here in the UK: US readers will have to travel a little further in time until March 2014 for their copies.)

There are many collections of time travel stories out there. This one is claimed to be the biggest, and, as I’m sure many reviews will say, t
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John Herbert
OK..you’re not going to believe this.
It was only my second outing but I skipped down to the basement and flipped the relevant gears into action, sending the Time Machine, with myself on board, back in time just a couple of years.

The Vandermeers were discussing the possible topics for their next anthology, when I landed right smack bang in the middle of their dining table, cutlery and food flying everywhere.
Of course it had the desired effect that I was seeking: it totally disrupted their current
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Johanne
oh this started so well and then lost me. In the first two sections I was completely hooked. All the stories gripped me but then in the remainder I found fewer and fewer that caught my imagination. So the ones I liked were the experiments and investigators, the paradoxes and communicators didn't grab me. Maybe this is my sci-fi heritage just showing itself. The later sections seemed largely to feature newer works whereas the early pieces were more 60s and 70s items; the era of my introduction to ...more
Michael
Originally published at "The Nameless Zine". Check it out for more reviews.

If you are enthralled by the beauty and passion of 18th Century Scotland in Outlander or long to journey through time and space with The Doctor, award-winning anthologists Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have assembled the perfect guidebook for you.
The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the definitive compilation of time-travel related stories, including 70 fiction and non-fiction works – from the earliest published story about a time m
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angie

"When we’re talking about whether or not a story’s 'time travel logic' makes sense, it is important to remember that every story builds its own framework for its own logic."--from the intro to The Time Traveler's Almanac


Though I am still reading The Time Travler's Almanac, I just have to go ahead and write something about how wonderful the collection is so far...I especially love the amazing short story by Robert Silverberg called "Needle In A Timestack."

It's part love story, part self-discovery
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Artur Coelho
May 20, 2014 Artur Coelho is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Yu dá-nos preciosas dicas para bem sucedidas viagens no tempo no divertido Top Ten Tips for Time Travellers.

Death Ship de Richard Matheson ressoa com a iconografia da FC clássica. Exploradores do espaço deparam-se num planeta com os destroços de uma nave espacial e os cadáveres dos seus tripulantes. Investigam e apercebem-se que a nave é a sua e os cadáveres os seus. Vendo-se presos num paradoxo temporal, ao tentar a fuga despoletam os eventos que os levarão à morte.

Ripples in the Dira
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David Davis
The Time Traveler's Almanac is collection of time travel fiction and features authors that range from Ursula K. Le Guin to H G Wells (who wrote one of the most well known pieces of time travel fiction, The Time Machine) to newer, not-so-well-known writers like Tony Pi.

The Weird is one of my favorite--if not my most favorite--anthologies of all time so I really didn't expect to like Almanac as much but I have to say that it comes pretty darn close. For one, I felt like the stories in Almanac were
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Matt Hlinak
‘The Time Traveler’s Almanac’ purports to be “the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled,” and I was unable to find anything capable of disputing this claim. The editors have compiled 72 pieces by luminaries of the genre like H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R.R. Martin, Douglas Adams and Isaac Asimov. Highly recommended for all sci-fi and time travel buffs.

Read my full review at Pop Mythology.

Matt Hlinak
Author of DoG
Riju Ganguly
I would like to be honest. I have failed to complete this book despite sticking to/at it for months (ages?), and yet I am so sick of finding it grinning at me like a hideous laughing Buddha statue whenever I check-in at Goodreads, that I decided to mark it as read. However, I have a justification handy. This tome is like OED, and that book, as everyone would agree, can't be COMPLETED, despite being full of riveting as well as important stuff. Therefore, using that analogy, I am stuffing the tome ...more
Jeff Deck
Apr 29, 2014 Jeff Deck is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Stories:

Death Ship (Matheson) -- 3 stars -- two for the story, one for the fact that it is Richard Matheson
Ripples in the Dirac Sea (Landis) -- 5 stars -- Wow, this was great.
Needle in a Timestack(Silverberg) -- 3 stars -- Anticlimactic. Started off cool.
Another Story (Le Guin)-- 1 star -- Too complicated and boring. I enjoy other Le Guin but could not get into this.
Hwang's Billion Brilliant Daughters (Sola Kim) -- 4 stars -- Not sure exactly about the "whys" of this one, but it was still pretty
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Christine Blachford
A collection of short stories about time travel? Heaven. This book collates old and new from across the genres to pull together an epic book stacked full of time travel goodness. I love the concept of time travel so this was right up my street. As with any collection of short stories, there are some that appeal and some that don't, but there were far more hits than misses.

The double-sided story of a man visiting his younger self, the romantic look at what ifs, the colonisers arriving on a half s
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Mjhancock
(Given the book's massive length, I was very tempted to do some sort of labored joke about how reading it was like time travelling into the distant future. I've (mostly) spared you from that; you're welcome.) The Time Traveller's Almanac is an anthology of science-fiction stories about time travel. And really, the first thing that will strike you about the book is how vast an anthology it is, with 71 different short stories--maybe 70, depending on how you count Harry Turtledove's two part contri ...more
Alison C
The Time Traveler's Almanac, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer, is very likely the only anthology that you'll ever need if you're interested in reading science fiction stories and novellas about time travel. Divided into sections, including Experiments, Reactionaries and Revolutionaries, Mazes and Traps, and Communiques, the volume ranges from an excerpt of H.G. Wells' immortal The Time Machine right up to works by contemporary authors such as Michael Swanwick, George R.R. Martin and ...more
Chris
Really hit and miss in this giant anthology of Time Travel related short stories. I was immediately turned off by the opening 10 Tips when the first one wasn't a tip at all. I then started from the beginning and didn't enjoy the first two, so decided to read ones from authors I recognized and that worked for one, but not another. I found a great one at the start of the mazes section but don't have much confidence that I'll try too many more of them with the low success rate.

Perhaps they just tri
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Rachel
I adored this book and as an erratic reader, I found the condensed stories of so many of my favorite authors wonderful to read in-between novels. The collection is vast, diverse, unique, and certain to provide stories you've never read and will immediately come to love. The only factor that could bring down one's enjoyment of this collection is the occasional piece disuniting to one's taste. Of course, with a collection this large, if not a single story failed to fit one's style, then there woul ...more
Art
Mr Sherman and Peabody introduced me to the time machine. They entered the WABAC machine to immerse themselves in moments of history where their presence altered the unfolding events to the correct version of the story we know in the history books. It was all great fun at the time for a kid, spread over ninety-one cartoon segments involving Cleopatra, Gutenberg, Florence Nightingale, James McNeil Whistler and so on. http://www.timetravelreviews.com/tv_r... … The Twilight Zone, "2001: A Space Ody ...more
Jeff Wetherington
I am grateful to have won/received this ARC edition of "The Time Traveler's Almanac" from Tor.com two weeks ago.

This anthology consists of 69 time travel stories, broken down into 4 categories: Experiments; Reactionaries and Revolutionaries; Mazes and Traps, and Communiques over a space of 960 pages. I'm a fast reader, yet it still took me 2 weeks of using all my spare time to read in order to finish this large collection.

And what a collection! Stories by masters we are all familiar with such as
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Derek Walsh
I've been a fan of science-fiction since childhood (even if I read it rarely these days) and have always had a particular enthusiasm for time travel stories. The possibilities of righting a wrong, of reliving moments of history, and of mind-bending paradoxes have always fascinated me. And this collection is full of all that and more. It is a massive collection, running to nearly a thousand pages and while it would be too much to hope that every story in such a weighty tome would be a winner, the ...more
Nick
An astounding collection of stories about the perils of time travel. Alas, it just never seems to work. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the best tales are gifts from the likes of Ursala K. LeGuin and George R. R. Martin. But the most fun are the ones that make you think about the possibilities -- that maybe, just maybe, you might be the exception to the rule that all time travel ends badly.
Kendra
I don't understand how the Vandermeers keep publishing. This is a collection of mostly mediocre stories; the good ones have been published in better anthologies already or are old enough that we've all read them before or can read them for free online. And how do you write about time-travel without even citing Jack Finney?
Angie
Too much of a mixed bag to rate overall. Some good stories and some really bad ones. Also varied a lot in terms of type of speculative fiction represented, e.g.,fantasy, semi-gothic, and SF.
A REALLY LONG book that turns into a chore if you need to cram it in for a book group like I did. That is a bit unfair to the authors.I might have enjoyed some of it more if I had had more time or could suit which stories I wanted to read to my mood.
Nic
Overall this anthology is amazing. I was introduced to some authers I hadn't heard of and work by some of my favorites that I have never read. Although I will admit to skipping a few stories, this is still a great collection if you have the time and inclination.
Victoria Gaile
May 20, 2015 Victoria Gaile rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Victoria by: __David
I'm not that fond of anthologies, and this one was *too big*, especially for a book group selection where part of the fun is to compare stories we particularly liked or disliked. I didn't care for the (very) vaguely thematic grouping: it would have been more interesting to have them arranged chronologically so we could see the subgenre developing over the last hundred years (that is not an exaggeration). There were a great number of New Wave stories -- a period of experimentation in SF that I pa ...more
Cynthia
This book ended up in my suitcase for a nice extra long weekend trip to Edisto Beach this summer. It is a collection of 72 science fiction tales all with a theme of time travel. I didn't read them all, but enjoyed each tale.
Dale
Thoroughly enjoyed this collection overall. As in any collection, some mixed review for some of the stories, but a consistent theme explored in many different ways.
Elfscribe
A varied compendium of classic time traveler tales from the late 1800s to modern day. Each author given a short bio. Great to get a sense of the genre.
Denise
Good collection of time travel stories, covering a wide range of time and topic. Nice to read a couple of stories from the late Kage Baker.
David Blyth
Jan 04, 2015 David Blyth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this anthology at the rate of one story per week as a member of the Goodreads 'Time Travel Group.

Stories read:

1. Death Ship by Richard Matheson (6/10)
2. Ripples in the Dirac Sea by Geoffrey A. Landis (9/10)
Chris
A hefty survey of the diversity of time travel stories. And it excels at diversity - classics and recent stories, straight-up time machine and experimental narratives, clever twists and formulaic clunkers. I certainly wouldn't have minded a smaller, more selective book, but the VanderMeers have put together a collection that while uneven, manages to pander too and challenge a wide variety of readers.
Morgan
I hate you, Strand. I hate you for putting this in front of my face. (God, I fucking love you, but I fucking hate you.)
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“There is no “makes sense” in the universal sense – that is to say, criticizing a time travel story because its rules do not line up with rules in the real world is akin to dismissing the Harry Potter books because the conductive properties of wood could never sustain the energy required for spell casting.” 1 likes
“When we’re talking about whether or not a story’s “time travel logic” makes sense, it is important to remember that every story builds its own framework for its own logic. In that sense, time travel is more of a fantasy-based story element than a science-based one. Time travel does not exist in the real world, and any broadly accepted rules for how it can and can’t work were derived from a bunch of “that guys” talking about time travel fiction. There is no “makes sense” in the universal sense – that is to say, criticizing a time travel story because its rules do not line up with rules in the real world is akin to dismissing the Harry Potter books because the conductive properties of wood could never sustain the energy required for spell casting. Approaching a time travel story with a dogmatic measuring stick in hand also denies the unique pleasure that the genre affords tinkerers. A good story’s internal logic is flawless, and everything in between its first and last word makes sense on its own terms. In that way, it presents the tinkerer with the literary equivalent of an Escher drawing. Internally, step by step, the logic of Escher’s staircase makes (or makes you believe it makes) nefariously perfect sense, and its dissonance with what we know to be possible is not something you have to “just accept and get over to enjoy it,” but is the very source of what’s enjoyable about it.” 0 likes
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