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One of the most prolific and gifted writers in a very fast field. For science fiction is really where it's at these days. In fact, anyone not writing s.f. is clearly out-of-step.
In this arena, Laumer is close to being one of the old-timers (no pun intended despite the theme of this collection). He is, quite simply, very good indeed and one helluva lot of fun to read.

Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 1972 by Ballantine Books (first published 1972)
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Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - April 11, 2015

This is the 5th bk by Laumer I've read in a row in the last mnth. I started off basically justifying reading them by saying that I'm depressed & they help me get thru the day (better for you than meds, eh?!). Then I started liking his writing again w/ Dinosaur Beach
( ) &, dagnabbit all to shit'n'shinola if I didn't like this one even more.

Timetracks is a collection of 5 s
This is short stories, so it's probably of variable quality, as most collections are. I'll keep a running tab of the particular stories.

(1) Timesweepers: This seems to be a typical Cold War fantasy, so
far--a 'O07 time travels' sort of thing. I have no idea why the agents are conditioned to amnesia when they are debriefed. What would anybody hope to gain thereby? And the opponents seem totally motiveless. There also seems to be a strong trend of the 'robots have no rights' thesis. If the robots
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
These stories do show their age (they were all written in the 1960s), but despite the retro feel, they are all pretty interesting. They do what short stories do best -- take a weird idea and explore it without needing to flesh out a world too far. Good quick read.
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his sa

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