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Time Gypsy

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A modern postdoctoral physicist gets the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel backward in time and meet her heroine, Dr. Sara Baxter Clarke. But there is something else that Carol McCullough never could have expected in the shockingly oppressive world of 1956: Love. Time Gypsy is a journey into the past where time travel, academic rivalry, and romance intersect, where the ...more
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Feb 03, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing
I just read this story in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF and then came running to Goodreads to see what else Ellen Klages has written.

Very enjoyable story about a woman in 1995 who became interested in physics because of articles that she read about a woman scientist in the 1950s. Now she has the opportunity to be a guinea pig in a time-travel machine prototype. If it works, she can meet her inspiration from forty years ago...
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Sep 25, 2013 Roger Stewart rated it really liked it
This 2003 chapbook is an excellent, longish short story from small-press publisher Tachyon Publications in San Francisco. It's a time-travel tale that drives home what the anti-gay-and-lesbian world of the 1950s was really like from a contemporary perspective. Ellen Klages is a remarkably talented writer. It's not terribly easy to find but you can buy it from the publisher at or look for the 1998 anthology in which it originally appeared, "Bending the Lan ...more
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
I just finished this story in the Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF, and OMG! A story of lesbians and time travel?! Yes, please! And now I must read EVERY single thing Klages has written.
Feb 24, 2016 Laurel rated it really liked it
Read as part of The Time Traveller's Almanac.

Carol McCullough is a physicist who conducted research on Dr. Sara Baxter Clarke, a physicist who disappeared in 1955, presumed drowned after driving off a cliff. It is understood that Clarke was researching time travel at the time of her death. McCullough receives an unexpected opportunity to travel back in time to meet Clarke, with the express purpose of obtaining Clarke's complete research so that the problem of time travel can be solved.

Oh, if on
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Aug 18, 2015 Fiona Thrust rated it it was amazing
I read this as part of The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF - this is a beautifully accomplished story, fluidly written, and it blew me away.

I was sad when it came to an end, because it was such a pleasure to read.

I love it to bits, and I'm putting the rest of Ellen's work on my To Read list x
Mar 02, 2016 DJ rated it really liked it
4/5 Rating Review coming 02/04 and will posted first at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape as part of the Time Traveler's Almanac group read.
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Ellen Klages was born in Ohio, and now lives in San Francisco.

Her short fiction has appeared in science fiction and fantasy anthologies and magazines, both online and in print, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Black Gate, and Firebirds Rising. Her story, "Basement Magic," won the Best Novelette Nebula Award in 2005. Several of her other stories have been on the final ballot f
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