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TIME PATROL Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; New edition edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509356
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #451,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In a fictive universe imagined in eight stories and one novel, time is mutable, and once time travel is discovered, humanity's remote descendants, the Danellians, set up the Time Patrol to ensure that no changes to the past will wipe out their own present. This construct (also used in The Shield of Time ) acts as a wonderful vehicle for Anderson's love of history. Manse Everard, whose presence unifies this collection, is recruited by the Patrol and rapidly ascends to the rank of roving troubleshooter. Frequently Everard finds that to preserve his own future he must destroy an alternate one, and his success is made bittersweet by his empathy for people who will never exist except in his own memory. The writing is excellent, distinguished by Hugo and Nebula winner Anderson's skill at weaving a background of sights and sounds to make the stage, and thus the actors, more real. Four of the stories are reprinted from his first Time Patrol collection (1960), four are from more recent volumes, and the novel is new with this book.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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YA-- An excellent compilation of all of the author's short stories about The Time Patrol plus a new novella, ``Star of the Sea.'' Readers are given fascinating glimpses of people and places throughout history--prehistoric, Persian, Roman civilizations, etc.--as seen through the 20th-century eyes of agent, Manse Everard. Well written, with believable characters, this is Anderson at his best.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic, timeless, and glorious... May 15 2006
By Addison Phillips - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Together with DeCamp's LEST DARKNESS FALL or Silverbergs's UP THE LINE (and perhaps a few others), no other stories really capture the flavor of history, the paradox of time travel, or the genuine joy at being able to wander into the past as this book of stories.

Although the first few have the exact flavor of their era--1950's Astounding magazine--there is nothing really dated or obsolete about these eight stories. Each and every one is a delight, from the long agony of "Odin the Goth", who already knows the doom of those he loves, to the joy of catching time bandits in a beautifully realized ancient Tyre, Poul Anderson gives us stories of the sort that hooked me on science fiction all those years ago... and exactly what brings me back today.

The full set of time patrol stories at nearly 800 pages, this is the biggest bargain you'll find this year.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poul Anderson hits a homerun through the ages! June 8 1999
By Ray Bailey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Anderson has provided the paradigm shift for all who wish to write about time. Causal loops and ethical delimmas conspire to provide an entertaining read as well as a well thought out philosophy of time travel. I hope this book comes back into print so I can purchase a copy for myself. I have check out the library copy twice so I can relive Manse Everard's adventures before reading "Shield of Time" which is the sequel. Now if I can just find the Time Patrol Office in this milieu.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Police, alternate histories, egoistic villains- oh, my! Oct. 4 2000
By Alex - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Time Patrol is a very readable compilation of stories and novelettes about what is essentially a time travel police agency. The series centers on the Unattached Agent Manse Everard - an American recruited by the agency in 1954. The stories feature a variety of fairly accurate milieus, but the series' greatest asset and greatest flaw is the complex, confusing laws and requisitions concerning time travel. The rules basically state: the time-space continuum is elastic - it returns to its normal state given enough time; when the timeline is disrupted with great vehemency or someone happens to change a key event, time changes occur immediately; if the change is drastic enough, everything "up-time" of the incident vanishes and is replaced by an alternate time-line following the logical consequences of the disruption. That's where the agents of the Time Patrol come in - they have to return the timeline to its original design by preventing the disrupting event. This is when the complexities kick in: since the agents' actions are monitored by the agency, each part of the event - including the agents' success, is already documented. And if the correction meets failure, why doesn't the patrol send agent after agent until it is corrected? There are numerous other details too convoluted to mention.
In several of the stories the dialog degenerates into simplistic monologs, and the narration gains an almost derisive sing-song quality to it. You've been forewarned.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better For History Buffs June 22 2006
By David - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Poul Anderson was a history buff and, except for the first, each of these stories seems to represent his need to come to grips with his research into a particular era. Stipulated that Anderson was a master storyteller, almost incapable of telling a dull tale -- yet some of these do approach dullness, if you don't happen to share his fascination with the details of that era. Yes, sometimes he makes the history come alive in vivid descriptive passages: this is "showing" not "telling," and indeed "showing" of a high order.

But in some stories, he "tells" instead, using long expository passages in which characters bring each other up to date on the historical background of the era in question. Anderson's expository dialog, unlike his action or plotting, is dull and sometimes awkward, and I several times lost interest and skimmed.

And in other stories, contrarily, he doesn't do enough exposition: "Gibraltar Falls" vividly describes the era when the Atlantic spilled into the then-dry Mediterranean valley, but gives the curious reader no background to follow up the geological speculation on which it is grounded. Similarly, "The Only Game in Town" describes a Mongol expedition into North America, a speculation that I believe has some basis, but although Anderson tells us a lot about the Mongols, there is not enough of a handle to follow it up into current research.

Net: fun for history buffs; action/adventure fans might do better reading other series by Anderson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timecop before it was cool. Feb. 18 2014
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This is a reissue of all but one of Anderson's Time Patrol stories--this book and the standalone novel The Shield of Time should complete your collection. If you're a sci-fi grognard who can have hour-long discussions about stuff like Star Trek's prime directive, this is a series you need to read and own.