Category Archives: time/history/causality

“A Time for Revolution,” Hirai Kazumasa, 1963 (2007 Tr.)

“A Time for Revolution,” Hirai Kazumasa, 1963 (2007 Tr.) – Poets and artists from a dystopian future travel back in time to possess the bodies of today’s thugs. Comments:  Read in Speculative Japan: Outstanding Tales of Japanese Science Fiction and … Continue reading

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“The Great Nebraska Sea,” Allan Danzig, 1963

“The Great Nebraska Sea,” Allan Danzig, 1963 – Future citizens of the U.S. (in 2073) have always lived with the Great Nebraska Sea and can’t imagine life without it. Comments: A story of how the present is privileged in assumption … Continue reading

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“Yesterday Was Monday,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1941

“Yesterday Was Monday,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1941 — Harry Wright awakes to find Time being constructed in a series of linked boxcars. Comments: Read in Science Fiction Adventures in Dimension.  The basis for the Twilight Zone episode A Matter of Minutes. … Continue reading

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“The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass,” Frederik Pohl, 1962

“The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass,” Frederik Pohl, 1962 – (short short)  Snodgrass travels back to Year One and to solve the world’s medical problems, only to create a population crisis that threatens to destroy all human life. Comments: Read … Continue reading

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“Requiem,” Edmond Hamilton, 1962

“Requiem,” Edmond Hamilton, 1962 — A world-weary captain presides over the group of reporters and “sentimentalists” gathered to witness the last moments of Earth. Comments:  Read in The Best of Edmond Hamilton.   Describes how the captain’s body “fits” the planet … Continue reading

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“The Red Queen’s Race,” Isaac Asimov, 1949

“The Red Queen’s Race,” Isaac Asimov, 1949 — Sf/detective cross-over. Comments: Read in The Future I.  Wikipedia summary: “The Red Queen’s Race is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov that uses the Red Queen’s race from Lewis Carroll’s … Continue reading

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“The Drowned Giant,” J. G. Ballard, 1964

“The Drowned Giant,” J. G. Ballard, 1964 — A giant human(oid) male washes ashore.  The protagonist, a librarian, is assigned by his peers to investigate and make sense of what’s happened.  He notes that, after initial period of wonder and … Continue reading

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“The Lottery in Babylon,” Jorge Luís Borges, 1959

“The Lottery in Babylon,” Jorge Luís Borges, 1959 — (or “The Babylon Lottery”; original Spanish “La lotería en Babilonia” (1941))  (fantasy) Backed by a secret Company (God?), a lottery in mythic Babylon transitions from voluntary to compulsory, with the result … Continue reading

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“You Are With It!,” Will Stanton, 1961

“You Are With It!,” Will Stanton, 1961 — A man in the midst of his normal domestic routine leaves for work and is accosted by a man who declares himself “the host.”  For the next ninety minutes, while the clock … Continue reading

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“My Object All Sublime…,” Poul Anderson, 1961

“My Object All Sublime…,” Poul Anderson, 1961 – A man listens to his new friend explain how criminals of the future are punished by forcing them into exile in the “foreign country” of the past.  The man claims to have … Continue reading

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“Alpha Ralpha Boulevard,” Cordwainer Smith, 1961

“Alpha Ralpha Boulevard,” Cordwainer Smith, 1961 — In the “first years of the Rediscovery of Man, when the Instrumentality dug deep in the treasury, reconstructing the old cultures, the old languages, and even the old troubles,” Paul and Virginia tour … Continue reading

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“The Lady Who Sailed the Soul,” Cordwainer Smith, 1960

“The Lady Who Sailed the Soul,” Cordwainer Smith, 1960 – A young girl of the future asks her mother if there were ever any “girl sailors” (in space) and is told the story of Helen America.  The daughter of a … Continue reading

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“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960

“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960 –Friends discuss the history of weapons while having drinks at their favorite hang out, Sol’s Liquor Shop in Chicago.  After, the narrator reflects on his hatred of war, complicated as it is by his … Continue reading

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“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957

“Build-up,” J.G. Ballard, 1957 – (Alternate title: “Concentration City“) Overpopulation in the future has led to such building density that an aspiring aircraft designer and physics student, Franz, can’t find enough “free space” to “re-discover” the concept of flight.  He … Continue reading

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“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957

“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957 — (Alternate title: “The Dying Man”)  The world is composed of two immortal classes–the pampered Players and the responsible Planners and their students.  Their lives of hedonism and leisurely scholarship, respectively, are progressing as planned until … Continue reading

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“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959

“–All You Zombies–,” Robert Heinlein, 1959 – A time traveler paradox in which an orphaned “intersexed” man (hermaphrodite) switches genders, travels back in time to impregnate a younger version of himself, and gives birth to himself.  He is thus his … Continue reading

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“Mantage,” Richard Matheson, 1959

“Mantage,” Richard Matheson, 1959 — A writer wishes that life could be experienced in the same way as in a movie–all tedium glossed over, highlights only.  The rest of his life takes 85 minutes. Comments: Read in Science Fiction Showcase. … Continue reading

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“The Men Who Murdered Mohammed,” Alfred Bester, 1958

“The Men Who Murdered Mohammed,” Alfred Bester, 1958 – Henry Hassel discovers his wife is cheating on him and he murders her.  Unsatisfied, the genius invents a time travel machine in order to eliminate her from the timeline altogether.  After … Continue reading

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“Aristotle and the Gun,” L. Sprague de Camp, 1958

“Aristotle and the Gun,” L. Sprague de Camp, 1958 – A scientist travels back in time to try to teach Aristotle the scientific method and, thus, change his present.  He pretends to be a traveler from India–replete with marvelous, new … Continue reading

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“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958

“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958 – Los Alamos, May 1945: Edward Royland is a theoretical physicist pondering the ethics of creating the atom bomb.  He’s transported by a Native American fable/ritual (and peyote) to a world where the Nazis … Continue reading

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