The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century : Stories by Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Finney, Joe Haldeman, Ursula K. Le Guin
H. G. Wells's seminal short story "The Time Machine," published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction's time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories. Here are eighteen of the most exciting tales ever told, including
"Time's Arrow" In Arthur C. Clarke's classic, two brilliant physicists finally crack the mystery of time travel - with appalling consequences.
"Death Ship" Richard Matheson, author of Somewhere in Time, unveils a chilling scenario concerning three astronauts who stumble upon the conundrum of past and future.
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December 27, 2004
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Excerpt from The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century by Harry Turtledove
Theodore Sturgeon's (1918-1985) fiction abounds with ordinary characters undone by their all-too-human shortcomings or struggling in unsympathetic environments to find others who share their desires and feelings of loneliness. Sturgeon began publishing science fiction in 1939, and made his mark early in both fantasy and science fiction with stories that have since become classics. "Microcosmic God" concerns a scientist who plays God with unexpectedly amusing results when he repeatedly challenges a microscopic race he has created with threats to their survival. 'It' focuses on the reactions of characters in a rural setting trying to contend with a rampaging inhuman monster. "Killdozer" is a variation on the theme of Frankenstein in which a construction crew is trapped on an island where a bulldozer has become imbued with the electrical energy of an alien life form.
Fiction Sturgeon wrote after World War II showed the gentle humor of his earlier work shading into pathos. "Memorial" and "Thunder and Roses" were cautionary tales about the abuses of use of nuclear weapons. "A Saucer of Loneliness"and "Maturity" both used traditional science- fiction scenarios to explore feelings of alienation and inadequacy. Sturgeon's work at novel length is memorable for its portrayals of characters who rise above the isolation their failure to fit into normal society imposes. More Than Human tells of a group of psychologically dysfunctional individuals who pool their individual strengths to create a superhuman gestalt consciousness. In The Dreaming Jewels, a young boy discovers that his behavioral abnormalities are actually the symptoms of super- human powers. Sturgeon is also renowned for his explorations of taboo sexuality and restrictive moralities in such stories as Some of Your Blood, "The World Well Lost," and "If All Men Were Brothers Would You Let One Marry Your Sister", His short fiction has been collected in Without Sorcery, E PluribusUnicorn, Caviar, and A Touch of Strange. The compilations The Ultimate Egoist, Thunder and Roses, A Saucer of Lone- liness, The Perfect Host, Baby Is Three, The Microcosmic God, and Killdozer, edited by Paul Williams, are the first seven volumes in a series that will eventually reprint all of Sturgeon's short fiction.