As Cher’s Greatest Hits sang from my speakers I knew it was time, time for a change at beavisthebookhead.com. Timeshift: Tales of Time is perhaps unsurprisingly a collection of time travel stories from such luminaries as Robert Silverberg, Kevin J Anderson and others.
Science fiction isn’t really my bag, particularly in the long form. However, these short tales of time certainly did more than enough to keep me entertained for a couple of hours. I found nearly every tale to be an interesting take on the theme. The repercussions that come from making changes to the past are a plot device that works well here, as are the stories in which the price is high for the opportunity to have some of your lost time back again. These were the standout stories for me.
The shortness of the stories was a big plus for me on the whole, though there were occasions when I had no idea what was going on with a couple of the stories, I sometimes felt challenged as a reader and decided to visit these tales again. I wouldn’t say they were hard sci-fi, though my tiny brain lost a few minutes trying to figure out quite what I was reading even after a second perusal.
This anthology could be a hard sell to some. The stories are all reprints and I’m quite convinced that hardcore sci-fi readers will have stumbled across many of these tales before. However, for a reader such as I, one who seeks only to dabble in the genre without making a huge novel like commitment, Timeshift: Tales of Time is a great foray into a genre that has no boundaries and is rich in variety.
4/5 chronometers from the Grim Reader.
Pick up a copy from here.
When you have finished reading this perhaps listen to:
The Seraphic Clockwork by Vanden Plas: Those Germans sure know how to rock! Vanden Plas is a progressive metal act featuring the vocal talents of the perhaps unfortunately named Andy Kuntz, thought the band is tight as gnats ass, too. This is a swirling and epic album, probably one of their best. This time-spanning prog epic is heavy, melodic and has some great tracks. It’s very dramatic in a Dream Theater kind of way and fans of DT should check out these guys too if they haven’t already.