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Guardians of Time [Paperback]

Poul Anderson
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of pointless novel Sept. 29 2002
Format:Paperback
As in everything, once the humans found a new activity, they also feel the need to police it. Here when the humans find the way to travel through time, the desire to change the past is a by-product of such discovery, so the group of The Guardians of Time is created to precude distortions in the known time-line as well as to explore other possible developments that could have taken place.
The four short stories in this book are construed over the same premise and using the same lead character. The chosen events are: (i) The british isles in the XIX and V centuries; (ii)Greece in the III century B.C; (iii) California in the XIII century and finally, (iv) Rome during the Punic Wars.
Its obvious that these periods were choosen by the author out of his personal preference, but not because the felt that they were particularly important on the overall development of known events.
This is not a particulary interesting science fiction novel to have unless you are a hard die fan of Mr. Anderson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars. An interesting look at time travel. Nov. 16 2002
By Roger J. Buffington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
These are interrelated short stories that deal with time travel, generally referred to as Anderson's "Time Patrol" series. In this series, man achieves time travel many millenia from now. To prevent time travelers from altering the past repeatedly (as is entirely possible in Anderson's universe) evolved men ("Danellians") from even further uptime establish the "Time Patrol." The mission of the Time Patrol is to prevent time travellers from altering the "true" past.
There are some excellent stories in this collection. "Brave To Be A King" is my particular favorite. In this story a time traveller is marooned in ancient Persia in the time of Cyrus the Great and becomes "enmeshed in the local gears." In fact, he becomes Cyrus! But despite being a King, he desperately wants to go home! This is a wonderful story with a gritty realism. Highly recommended.
The only downside to this collection is that you cannot appreciate it one story at a time, because to fully grasp each story you must understand the underlying "Time Patrol" premise. But Anderson takes care of that deftly, because the first story in the collection deals with the recruitment of a 1950s American into the Time Patrol. Not only is this a ripping good story, it does a good job of setting the reader up for the other stories in this collection and in the series. If you like this book, you'll also want to read Anderson's other Time Patrol collections, including "The Time Patrol" and "The Shield of Time."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Free SF Reader Aug. 3 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Guardians of time has more stories of Anderson's Time Patrol, the people set by the posthuman Danellians to guard the timestream from problematic interference. The periods messed around with in this book include fifth century Britain, thirteen century California, third century Greece and the good old Punic Wars in Rome.

These stories are enjoyable enough, really, as the Patrol struggles to do the right thing and have lives.

Guardians of Time : Time Patrol [Manse Everard (Time Patrol)] - Poul Anderson
Guardians of Time : Brave to Be a King [Manse Everard (Time Patrol)] - Poul Anderson
Guardians of Time : Gibraltar Falls [Manse Everard (Time Patrol)] - Poul Anderson
Guardians of Time : The Only Game in Town [Manse Everard (Time Patrol)] - Poul Anderson
Guardians of Time : Delenda Est [Manse Everard (Time Patrol)] - Poul Anderson

Recruiting of a time agent.

4 out of 5

Manse and Cynthia ponder time off, but there is still Patrol work to be done.

3.5 out of 5

Lots of water and interfering.

3 out of 5

Sandoval has to co-opt an Unattached for a mission, and guess who?

3 out of 5

20,000 years back for skiing and winding down for Patrol agents, particularly when a bit grumpy with the super overlords.

3.5 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic time travel from a classic author Nov. 10 2009
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Time travel is a favorite sf theme and certain cause-and-effect problems are built into any time travel story. "Can you change the past?" is the most obvious one. Anderson, one of the inventors of the "time patrol" story (and they're still some of the best), took the view, at least for the purposes of the narrative, that history is not immutable but still is not easily altered. There's no "butterfly effect" in his world. You have to attack history at certain nexus points. And that's what the Bad Guys do in these stories, aiding Hannibal's assault on Rome, replacing Cyrus of Persia, and so on. Anderson knows his history, certainly. The five stories here all were originally published in the magazines and were republished in book form in various configurations, so it's a bit difficult to know that you've located all of them. The style is pure 1950s and `60s and entirely enjoyable.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As His Novels Dec 10 2013
By Anne Mills - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A collection of stories about the Time Patrol, centered around the character is Manse Everard. He goes back and forward in time, with interesting glimpses of past times and future probabilities, but I like Anderson's novels better -- more space to work out the ideas.
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of pointless novel Sept. 29 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As in everything, once the humans found a new activity, they also feel the need to police it. Here when the humans find the way to travel through time, the desire to change the past is a by-product of such discovery, so the group of The Guardians of Time is created to precude distortions in the known time-line as well as to explore other possible developments that could have taken place.
The four short stories in this book are construed over the same premise and using the same lead character. The chosen events are: (i) The british isles in the XIX and V centuries; (ii)Greece in the III century B.C; (iii) California in the XIII century and finally, (iv) Rome during the Punic Wars.
Its obvious that these periods were choosen by the author out of his personal preference, but not because the felt that they were particularly important on the overall development of known events.
This is not a particulary interesting science fiction novel to have unless you are a hard die fan of Mr. Anderson.
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