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Years in the Making: The Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp
L. Sprague de Camp was a master of the time travel and alternate history story. In many respects his novel Lest Darkness Fall founded alternate history, while "Aristotle and the Gun" is probably one of the best stories about tinkering with history ever written. In addition we include stories of time travel both backwards and forwards and de Camp's wonderful essay "Language ...more
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Nesfa Pr
(first published 2004)
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4.5 for Lest Darkness Fall, 3 or so for most of the other stories. The only thing stopping me from giving Lest Darkness Fall five stars is the lack of decent female characters (surely Antonina, aka Mrs Belisarius, could have had more than half a page?), and the way the story lagged a bit once it stopped being 'Martin lands in Gothic Rome, invents things' and turned into alternate-historical wars, though I recognise the latter is probably a personal peculiarity. Linguistics! Latin! Nobody dies ho ...more
It takes me longer to read short stories than novels, but sometimes I enjoy them. I figured that I'll enjoy this collection of time-travel stories and I have. Particularly those that are the longer ones in here, though some shorter ones were great also.
Lyon Sprague de Camp, (Pseudonym: Lyman R. Lyon) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and biographer. In a writing career spanning fifty years he wrote over one hundred books, including novels and notable works of nonfiction, such as biographies of other important fantasy authors.He was widely regarded as an imaginative and innovative writer and was an important figure in the heyday ...more