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The Time Travel Chronicles

(The Future Chronicles)

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Time travel. Humanity has long imagined what it would be like to be able to create a time machine, what we might see if we could travel into the future, or be transported to the distant past. And what if it were possible to travel into our own, more recent past? Would we be able to change our present, or are we prisoners of predestination? Is fate what we make of it?

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Published November 2nd 2015 by Windrift Books
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Extant (Anthony Vicino)
Gambit (Rysa Walker)
Beasts of the Earth (Ernie Lindsey)
Excess Baggage (Carol Davis)
The Traveler (Stefan Bolz)
Eighty-Three (Erik Wecks)
Life/Time in the New World (Ann Christy)
Just Like Old Times (Robert J. Sawyer)
Shades (Lucas Bale)
The Nothing Gate (Tracy Banghart)
Meddler (Ernie Luis)
The Diatomic Quantum Flop (Daniel Arthur Smith)
Red Mustang (Michael Holden)
Hereafter (Samuel Peralta)(less)

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Shay VanZwoll
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've recently become hooked on anthologies, finding the experience of reading connected short stories to be an excited way to learn about new authors and become reacquainted with worlds I already enjoy. The newest addition to my kindle is The Time Travel Chronicles, part of The Future Chronicles. I have enjoyed every one of the Chronicles I have picked up, and this was no exception.

The collection starts out with a bang... or rather, a blink. Extant, by Anthony Vicino, takes us into a world where
I have read several anthologies on time travel: The Time Traveler's Almanac, The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF are the most recent. The Time Travel Chronicles is the latest in a series of speculative fiction anthologies ( The Future Chronicles). It features fourteen authors in speculative fiction and science fiction writing on time travel.

My favorite thing about the anthology (besides the subject is time travel!) is that these writers are all currently writing in the field. I encountered new au
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading this collection of short stories, which prove that The Future Chronicles series is going from strength to strength!

My favs were from Ann Christy, Stefan Bolz & Lucas Bale.
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Future Chronicles – The Time Travel Chronicles
As with all the Future Chronicles Samuel Peralta has done an incredible job of bringing together some incredible authors, this time looking at the intrigue and science of Time Travel.
When reading a collection of short stories of this nature, you generally find that there are a couple that are excellent, some that are average, and maybe one or two that you don't really like. But this time, it was different. I would finish one, and think that was t
S.D. Britt
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Time. Time is the ultimate drug. We get high on the prospects of the future. And then the past comes and sobers us back up. Such is the cycle of our addiction.”

–Ernie Luis, Meddler

At first, I was wary about writing a review for an anthology, it seemed like a huge undertaking, but then I couldn’t put the book down. And then I really wanted to do this book and the talented authors justice, which loaded the pressure on me. So, here’s my best attempt to touch on each story and each author, because
PJ Lea
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Time travel, we all think of a machine that takes us backwards or forward, but this anthology shows us that there are innumerable ways to do so. This has opened my eyes to the possibilities and ramifications of time travel!
I don't have a favourite as they are all so different, I enjoyed them all. Each one has strong characters and a story that pulls you in. Some are sad, some made me fearful and others bought a smile to my face. I've become a fan of the Future Chronicles and this edition is a gr
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent variety of time traveling stories. My favorite was Shades by Lucas Bale. The tales vary from people who have the ability to rewind time, a young girl who wants to see her dead father again, a wormhole that leads to an incredible place, multiple universe time traveling, cryogenically freezing one self, death penalty by transferring your consciousness in a beast from the past, future humans must warn the past before they kill the Earth, etc. Almost all are great reads.
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that I loved every story in this anthology. Which is unusual, because there's usually one or two (at least) that don't quite float my boat. Maybe it was the subject matter (time travel - what's not to like?). But the stories were excellent; some thought-provoking, others exciting, and a couple even poetic. Outstanding.
One of the best books I've read this year!
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity.

"... it take thirty-two seconds for reality to solidify. So once it's set, you can't go back any further."
This collection begins with Extant by Anthony Vicino, an action-packed tale set in a war-torn world of regular "time-locked" humans and the chrono-gifted: the Blitzers, Blinkers, and Pausers. With the help of fellow Chronos--Maddox, a Blitzer and Zoe, a Pauser--Special Agent Kaelyn Kwon is determined to res
Joe Frazier
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
[NOTE - Current review for Gambit & Hereafter - more to come]

In diving into The Time Travel Chronicles, I dive into a long tradition of Science Fiction / Alternate History stories on time travel. I’ve only started into the book with Gambit and Hereafter. This is a great anthology of a different perspectives, temperaments, and storylines all examining time travel. The first I read (second in the book) is from the perspective of a historian (how cool would it be to do first-hand research; not just
Jill Elizabeth
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love time travel books - generally speaking though, I am not a fan of short stories (as those of you who've read my reviews before know)... Still, I have a very hard time resisting new time travel in any form, particularly when the book in question includes an author I love (Robert J. Sawyer). I was familiar with a few of the other authors too, so thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did, although I'm still not in love with the short story as a vehicle for storytelling... And ironically, the ...more
D.R. Sylvester
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
There are some really solid tales in this anthology, including a good mix of slower, more personal tales, with a few space-time stomping adventures. Particular talents to look out for:

Ernie Luis, just for the depth of emotion and dread he conjures up in his tale, Meddler. You can vividly relive the best moments of your past with just a few eye-drops... but at what cost?

Extant by Anthony Vicino, for a vividly imagined world where time travel is a super power, or a super curse...

The Traveler, by S
Kristin Dutt
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I hate doing this. My first 4 star in the The Chronicles.......I've truly loved each one. It pangs me to give this 4 stars when some fabulous authors are in this anthology of quite interesting stories. Some stories I felt they were just slapped together while others were just incredible. The formatting seemed off on me. Some sections had parts where it would start mid-page with header. Which is unlike Samuel. Usually every one of his Chronicles is perfect formatting was. But it nagged at me. May ...more
I have enjoyed reading other Future Chronicles anthologies,and this newest edition is just as amazing. It's always a treat to read new stories by authors i already love ,and yet also be able to discover new authors work to savor.My favorites are Shades by Lucas Bale and Extant by Anthony Vicinto, both of which left me hoping the authors will continue their stories in the future.The forward by Samuel Peralto was beautifully touching.The addition of authors notes after each story was insightful an ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I always love to get my hands on time travel stories... Finding a Collection of 'em in one book, Oh My! Paradoxes always intrigue me... And this book is fantastic... The first story has you jumping into the book with both feet... Literally, you jump right into a war-zone... The stories and the travelers are as different as each author envisions their world... And, it even includes an homage to H.G. Wells... I didn't know how much I needed these stories until I read them... So grab the book and e ...more
Stephanie Embry
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
More detailed review to come, but for now: This anthology was the highlight of anthologies for me this year. Every story was well-crafted and exciting. Lately short stories have been intriguing me more and more; I'm trying to learn to appreciate them as they are instead of thinking of them as entryways and wishing for longer spin-offs. The authors in this anthology all nail the art of a short story, giving satisfying takes on a great theme. ...more
Christian Orton
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best collections I've ever read

Up and down these are solid stories.

"Extant", "Gambit", "The Traveler", "Red Mustang" and "Hereafter" are definite five-star works. They are among the best short stories I've ever read. The rest of the stories are also very enjoyable. "Life/Time in the New World" was probably the only dud.
Frank Becker
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
An anthology of time travel stories.
Disclaimer: Don't take my opinion too seriously here; I read the individual stories in highly different states of mind, so I might be a bit unjust to some stories (both positively and negatively).

The best of this anthology is that the ideas in the stories are very different - if anything grab the book for that: it's a well of ideas. There is passive and active time traveling; and even some "multiverse-timetravel". The writing is generally good; the stories ok.
Sean Bai
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-like
Many uninteresting stories...

But that is the nature of buying a compilation of short stories. You never know which ones will be good or bad.

Though I did buy this at a cheap price, it was a time when I didn't know ebooks were generally cheap, so I thought I was getting a deal.

I looked at the table of contents. I didn't read most of these short stories that had boring descriptions or didn't tell me enough. I need a "book trailer" to catch my attention in order for me to use my time to read somethi
Christine Richards
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m fascinated by time travel; not sure if I’d like to actually travel, but if I did, I would love to be an observer as opposed to changing anything. If course, if you’re there to watch a past event just your very presence is a change...

I haven’t read short stories in a long time but I’ve been interested in reading more sci-fi and finding authors and I figured this was the best way to go about it. Short stories are a great way to sample many authors and I’ve looked up a couple already.

There wer
Jim Kratzok
Another fine collection of short stories

It's interesting to see how different authors view the concept of time travel. For some, it's a physical transition and for others it's an internalized vision or almost a hallucination. Regardless, this is a good sample of time related stories. It's worth taking the time to read.
katherine e blondon
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Time my favorite subject. I allows the author to juxtapose any situation. There are a couple of stories in this book which brought me to my knees. I am sure they will do for you too. It is no wonder these anthologies are so well regarded.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun mix of time travel stories.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved all stories. Most very subtle and nuanced. I like my time travel to be more extreme but this book was an exception
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theres a couple stories in here that I absolutely loved.
Nicole Crutcher
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun read

I love these short stories. Some are better than others but overall, I liked the book quite a bit. A few were quite creative.
Over the past few years, Sam Peralta, Crystal Watanabe, and Windrift Books have launched a series of themed anthologies, known as the Future Chronicles. Each features new stories by new writers that have been collected into a stable of perhaps 150. One exception in this volume is a reprint of Robert J. Sawyer's 1993 story"Just Like Old Times". This was my first experience reading one of the series, and for the most part, the writers were unfamiliar to me. I was given a free kindle download throu ...more
David Berkowitz
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Time Travel Junkies, Sci Fi fans
Recommended to David by: Erik Wecks (one of the authors)
I'm a sucker for time travel stories. Always have been. So I was biased toward this collection even before I read page one. But my bias aside, this is a truly fine collection of stories by the various contributing authors. While each of them deals with a journey or communication through time in one way or another, each deals with that journey in a different way and for a different purpose.

None of the stories are particularly long. I found the story lengths ideal for bedtime reading, If you ride
Nov 03, 2015 is currently reading it
Going to review each section as I finish it:

Gambit (Rysa Walker) - started here, as this was the reason why I bought this anthology. I'm I serious CHRONOS Files addict. Don't know how it would work as a standalone for someone unfamiliar with the series, but for me, about time we got to see some of Saul's POV. That it's from the very begininning of the events (story-wise and later progeny-wise) is even better. Of course I loved it, and would have considered the anthology worth the purchase price
This anthology covers a plethora of tones. Some stories are heartwarming, others are action-adventure. A couple are noir. Many are thought-provoking. "The Traveler" is the brightest gem of the anthology,but "Eighty-Three" and "Shades" are my favorites too, as is "Hereafter," a nice conclusion to collection. Some stories didn't really work for me ("The Nothing Gate" and "Meddler") and a couple are more magical than science fiction ("Beast of the Earth" and "Red Mustang"--but both are good, old-sc ...more
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