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Time and Time Again

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Author: H. Beam Piper
Published: 1947
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,910 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.7
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 3,455
Added to site: 2006.07.16
mnybks.net#: 14090
Origin: gutenberg.org

To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both--

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father and son to look up simultaneously. The approaching visitor was a tall man in a rumpled black suit; he had knobby wrists and big, awkward hands; black hair flecked with gray, and a harsh, bigoted face. Allan remembered him. Frank Gutchall. Lived on Campbell Street; a religious fanatic, and some sort of lay preacher. Maybe he needed legal advice; Allan could vaguely remember some incident--

"Ah, good afternoon, Mr. Gutchall. Lovely day, isn't it?" Blake Hartley said.

Gutchall cleared his throat. "Mr. Hartley, I wonder if you could lend me a gun and some bullets," he began, embarrassedly. "My little dog's been hurt, and it's suffering something terrible. I want a gun, to put the poor thing out of its pain."

"Why, yes; of course. How would a 20-gauge shotgun do?" Blake Hartley asked. "You wouldn't want anything heavy."

Gutchall fidgeted. "Why, er, I was hoping you'd let me have a little gun." He held his hands about six inches apart. "A pistol, that I could put in my pocket. It

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 4 reviews: ****
2013.11.11
Paulo Respighi
***..

A man killed by an atomic bomb in a future (1975) WWIII has his consciousness blown back 30 years to when he was thirteen years old. But he retains his 43 year old memories. He tries to pass as a kid . . . well, at least he has a liberal atheist father.

The last third of the story is a bit slow--an explanation of the theory of time travel and plans for the future manipulation of the world.

2012.09.12
Bob
*****

I've been a Piper fan for years, yet I just found "Time and Time Again." Piper absolutely astounds me everytime I read another of his works. The "boring" part another reviewer mentioned was very much in tune with a popular type science show I watched a few months ago, in 2012. That show also talked about all moments of time co-existing at the same time/place, and us traveling past each stationary moment, riding the wave of perception. OK, I know I got all of the words wrong, but Piper, with less than a high school education got it all right.

Besides all of that, it really is a good story.

2011.12.06
Charles
***..

Piper's short story about a man who goes back in time to his childhood -- but who retains all memory of his adulthood -- starts off with a bang but seems to lose steam. The last third of the story gets bogged down in a lengthy explanation of how this phenomenon happened; even though this explanation is in the form of a conversation between the time travler and his father, it's still pretty boring. All action ceases and the story just drifts into mediocrioty.

2008.05.02
Jon Boczkiewicz
*****

An interesting story, and one in which the main character, being thrown back in time to when he was a small boy [but with the memories of his whole life], acted upon these memories to change his life; having been killed in a future war, he attempted to change the future to prevent the war.


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