“The Young Oxford Book of Timewarp Stories” Edited by Dennis Pepper (Oxford University Press, 2003)

Oxford Book of Time War Stories

Just about everyone has an interest in time warp stories, especially if they are science fiction fans, and the Oxford University Press has been very kind to create a short-story collection of time travel stories.  Don’t let the “young” in the title fool you; this is clearly a book for any lover of time travel stories of any age.

Two renowned science fiction writers make their presence known here: Ray Bradbury, with a story about a safari company that will take you back to any period in history (in this case, dinosaurs) and let you “bag” any animals you want; and Arthur C. Clarke, whose story entails a magical bracelet brought from the future, which can essentially stop time to less than a crawl so a perfect robbery can be carried out on the British Museum.  There is even a story about a travel agency that will take you to any time in history for a vacation, and in this story a group of people go back to the crucifixion, where a surprising reality is revealed: that it is not the Jews that condemn Christ to death, but the group of “time tourists.”

The book is an entertaining read with stories of different lengths and types that make it a really great collection, and is recommended to a reader of any age who has a penchant for time travel.

Originally published on May 12th, 2003.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.