With Time Comes Concord and Other Stories By Duncan Lunan


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    Four linked novellas and several short stories all dealing with time travel, by the author of the runaway bestselling non-fiction book Man and the Planets. The first two novellas were first published in Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and Analog, and this is the first time they have been reprinted since then. With Time Comes Concord and Other Stories

    This book is a rather curious case: it was a Kindle freebie when I got it in 2012, but didn't get to reading it until now. When last I looked, there were no Amazon customer reviews for it, and I had to manually add it to Goodreads.

    The author has contributed both nonfiction and fiction to Analog magazine, and these stories have the strengths and weaknesses of quintessential Analog stories: basically the author is a huge nerd who loves to write about things he knows and finds fascinating, and the stories are just excuses for him to do that, which means that if the reader does not care for the exposition there may be not enough drama to keep interest. I think he is better at nonfiction than fiction but I like these stories just fine.

    All of the stories, In the Arctic, Out of Time, With Time Comes Concord, Riding the Fire, The Day and the Hour, Faces Showing the Stamp of Time, and Verdict of History feature time travel of some kind. The first four stories feature extensive author's notes about the history of each.

    It is rather obvious that the stories have been scanned from printed sources: there are the typical mistaken words from the OCR process. The program even has inserted fucked instead of locked (I think) in one instance. (Also castor instead of faster, cure instead of care and modem instead of modern.) These were most noticeable in The Day and the Hour, where they made reading difficult. The publisher should have invested some time to proofing. Mechanical proofreading does not catch errors of this kind, as the words are correctly spelled even if they do not make sense in context. Kindle Edition