LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, AND SHOOT BACK TO THE PAST H. G. Wells’s seminal short story “The Time Machine,” published in 1895, provided the springboard for modern science fiction’s time travel explosion. Responding to their own fascination with the subject, the greatest visionary writers of the twentieth century penned some of their finest stories. Here are eighteen of the most exciting tales ever told, including “Time’s Arrow” In Arthur C. Clarke’s classic, two brilliant physicists finally crack the mystery of time travel—with appalling consequences. “Death Ship” Richard Matheson, author of Somewhere in Time, unveils a chilling scenario concerning three astronauts who stumble upon the conundrum of past and future. “Yesterday was Monday” If all the world’s a stage, Theodore Sturgeon’s compelling tale follows the odyssey of an ordinary joe who winds up backstage. “Rainbird” R.A. Lafferty reflects on what might have been in this brainteaser about an inventor so brilliant that he invents himself right out of existence. “Timetipping” What if everyone time-traveled except you? Jack Dann provides some surprising answers in this literary gem. . . . as well as stories by Poul Anderson • L. Sprague de Camp • Joe Haldeman • John Kessel • Nancy Kress • Henry Kuttner • Ursula K. Le Guin • Larry Niven • Charles Sheffield • Robert Silverberg • Connie Willis By turns frightening, puzzling, and fantastic, these stories engage us in situations that may one day break free of the bonds of fantasy . . . to enter the realm of the future: our future. Note: "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury and "I'm Scared" by Jack Finney are not included in this edition.
How can I fix the old car sitting in my grandmother's barn? Could marital tips from a century ago teach us a thing or two? Where did Finns want to go on holiday at the turn of the 20th century? The answers may be found in the Digital Ephemera Collection of the National Library of Finland. This extensive, historically valuable and rare collection tells the tale of everyday life in Finland from the early 19th century. Travel brochures in different languages transport the reader to the travel routes and destinations of the early 20th century. Publications issued by different groups and organizations can be found in Finnish and Swedish, but also in English, German, French, Russian and even Esperanto. The sub collections of the Anthology are: 1. Travelling in Finland 2. Towns and Travel Routes 3. Lapland 4. Travelling out of Finland.
During the last century, writers as diverse as William Golding, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell, Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf, and Laurie Lee, were captivated by Greece. They were joined in their production of travel accounts by hundreds of lesser-known authors. This book exposes how the responses of travellers were conditioned by much more than their own opinions and personalities. The British education system, classical scholarship, and the heroism demonstrated by the Greeks during the Nazi invasion of their country, all contributed to shaping travel narratives. The author analyses the way in which all of the major archaeological sites were described—including the Athenian Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Heinrich Schliemann’s Mycenae, and Sir Arthur Evans’ Knossos in Crete. The representation of the modern Greek people, particularly in the period after the Second World War, is also explored at length. Viewed as relics of the past, the Greeks in literature were given the qualities and appearance of their ancestors. David Wills shows how in the hands of twentieth century travel writers, Greece became less a modern country, and more a mirror of antiquity. This book is essential reading for all who are interested in the history of travel and tourism, reception of the classical past, and recent Greek history.
This is the biography of Brian Cameron Gregson, a self-starter who became a sought-after designer and engineer, a man who used his success at work to finance his love of travel, a man who saw many changes in his life, from a childhood in the blitz in London, to an apprenticeship in the railway, followed by National Service, and finally a profession in engineering and design.In a time when it was easy to obtain gainful employment, Brian moved easily from one workplace to another, gathering experience wherever he went, in demand by such companies as Ford, Dodge Trucks and General Motors in the U.S.This book with its lively descriptions of life in the stream locomotive repair workshops and anecdotes about National Service, evokes by-gone era, a time before the threat of terrorism, when you could emigrate to Commonwealth countries without even the promise of employment when you arrived, or set off alone in a car and travel the world.It was an interesting life, one worth recording, and so in his own words, as narrated to his cousin Bethany Askew, Brian passes on his life story to us.
The author recounts his life growing up in a small California town in the 1940s, serving in the Army and in the U.S. Foreign Service, on to Harvard University and becoming company President. Along the way he tells delightful and humorous stories about growing up, meeting and wedding the love of his life and his travels in 81 countries. He has exprienced more of the world than most of us and the reader travels with the author as he experiences life and explores our world. His often-adventurous life and his thought-provoking reflections on life and history, on love and grief -- and the powerful epilogue -- provide an interesting reading experience. The author is a gifted writer who conveys the joy -- and the anguish -- of life recounted with humility and gratitude. His other books are: A Journey Through Grief: Notes from a Foreign Country (ISBN: 1-4140-0283-1), A Voice of the Old West: Annie Beatrice McGee (ISBN: 1-4208-2013-3) and A Branch of a Tree: A McGee Family in History (ISBN: 978-1-4275-3126-7).