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The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and most  definitive  collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classic ...more
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Published March 18th 2014 by Tor Books (first published November 7th 2013)
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Timothy Ward
I'm doing a group read with a few time travel fans. One story each Thursday, starting September 3. Hop in any time: http://www.timothycward.com/the-time-... or follow using #TimeTravelThursday

Sept. 3 – Richard Matheson/ Death Ship (review)

4/5 stars for a terrifying hook that only gets better in the last lines.

Sept. 10 - Geoffrey A. Landis/ Ripples in the Dirac Sea (review)

4/5 stars for a great use of time travel to illustrate the energy and importance of every breath we get.

Sept. 24 – Ursula K.
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Mark
Jan 05, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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DJ
Jan 24, 2015 DJ is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Reviews coming every Thursday as part of The Time Traveler's Almanac group read and will be posted first at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape

Follow along with #TimeTravelThursday

Death Ship by Richard Matheson - 3.5/5 Rating
Great start to the anthology! (My Review)

Ripples in A Dirac Sea by Geoffrey A. Landis - 4/5 Rating
This is how you science a time-travel story! (My Review)

Needle in A Timestack by Robert Silverberg - 3/5 Rating
The butterfly effect! (My Review)

Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland
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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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Jeff Deck
Apr 25, 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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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
Jul 27, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jun 08, 2014 angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"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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David Davis
Mar 11, 2014 David Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Artur Coelho
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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Matt Hlinak
Aug 08, 2014 Matt Hlinak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Jan 20, 2014 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dave
Sep 03, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most comprehensive and best anthology of Time Travel stories possible. It functions as a collection of many great stories, a historical account of the topic and an artifact of history in its own right. Additionally, this is an introduction to many writers I may never have come across. it is also an opportunity to revisit familiar masters of the short story (regardless of genre). Overall this is an excellent collection on several levels.
Samantha Glasser
Dec 02, 2014 Samantha Glasser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is a massive volume of short stories all relating to time travel. Some are quite good, and some are awful, so it is really a mixed bag. I would not recommend reading many of them in one sitting as they will begin to blur together but to read them slowly over time to properly contemplate each, as some are profound and will stick with you.

Highlights include Thirty Seconds From Now by John Chu, Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages, and Palindromic by Peter Crowther among others.
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
Cherie
Some very good stories and some just ok; an interesting collection.
Alison
Jan 15, 2017 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extensive 900-page anthology of time-travel short stories written over 100+ years. Enjoyable, but none was particularly memorable over the months it took to get through the book.
Laurel
Nov 06, 2015 Laurel is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm doing a group read with a few time travel fans. One story each Thursday. I'm starting in late, so I'll post the ratings for the ones I've already read and then will update weekly from there.

05 Nov 2015 - Death Ship by Richard Matheson 3/5
A very interesting short story. I loved the reference to The Flying Dutchman. I do query the notion that this is actually time travel, however.

06 Nov 2015 - Ripples in the Dirac Sea by Geoffrey A. Landis 4/5
An entertaining and thought-provoking short.

07 Nov
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miha ha
Zbirka zgodb na temo časovnega potovanja in tko kot pr vseh zbirkah so ene zgodbe bolše kt druge, me je pa zlo motlo k ene kr niso ble cele oz. so se prehitro končale ...

Najbl všeč so mi ble sevede tiste z dinozavri, fajn ideja greš nazaj v preteklost pričakuješ da bo polno dinozavrov pa nikjer nobenga, mogoče zagledajo kakšnega plahega zlo od daleč čist za sekundo :) super ideja. Pa luknja v času skoz katero pobegne trop triceratopsov in jih potem majo na rančih in jih ljudje hodjo gledat :)

Pa
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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
Alex Telander
Mar 24, 2014 Alex Telander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re any sort of fan of time travel, whether it’s Back to the Future, H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine, or even Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure; or perhaps you enjoy discussing, debating and at times lambasting the possibility and impossibility of time paradoxes; then you need to get yourself a copy of The Time Traveler’s Almanac.

Well-known editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer do a magnificent job of grouping the many time travel stories together into categories, and breaking them up with nonfic
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Janice
May 03, 2016 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fiction
So, a very large collection of time travel short stories. Like all such collections, some were better than others. There were a couple I didn't care for (not surprising given the shear quantity of material presented), many that I was more or less ambivalent about (not bad, but didn't really catch me) and a few that were quiet good. I've listed these last few below.

Another Story of A Fisherman of the Inland Sea - Le Guin
Didn't necessarily realize this was Le Guin until I went to make this list.
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Alison C
Mar 04, 2015 Alison C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Marissa
Aug 08, 2016 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Weird, also edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, is quite possibly my favorite anthology of all time. I'm much more into weird fiction than time-travel sci-fi, so I wasn't as interested in this one, but I absolutely loved it as well. Once again Ann & Jeff VanderMeer did a great job compiling stories from a diverse range of authors both familiar and obscure. I was also surprised by just how many different kinds of time travel stories there are. I was expecting mostly "regular guy goes int ...more
Derek Walsh
Jan 01, 2014 Derek Walsh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2014
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
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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Victoria Gaile
Sep 13, 2014 Victoria Gaile rated it it was ok  ·  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
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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Dryopteris
Jul 03, 2014 Dryopteris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel, scifi
Awesome compilation, I hadn't read most of the stories, and I usually try to read most of the relevant time travel material out there. Were I to rank them, even the last place would still be a very good one, in my opinion :-)

The last one, Palimpsest, was especially fit to be the ending story in such a good collection! Grand plot, just enough uncertainty to make one feel suitably overwhelmed.
I especially liked the line "Possibilities hummed in the dappled shadows of the grass like a myriad of bu
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