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Time Patrol by Poul Anderson
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The complete novella/short story cycle in one volume. I don't agree that time has only one shape, as the author contends, but rather that his posited Danellian posthumans are manipulating all the eras before to make sure they are the only possible result of evolution. But whatever, I loved the clarity and plausibility of this vision of human time travel's likely results. ( )
  richardderus | Dec 10, 2006 |
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This work contains stories 1 to 9 and 11 in the Time Patrol series. Please do not combine with 'Time Patrol' (short story); The Time Patrol (stories 1 to 9); or Time Patrolman (stories 6 and 7.)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312852312, Hardcover)

From the winner of eight Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards comes an entirely new novel of the Time Patrol--the far-future agency charged with responsibility for the stable continuity of human history, plus all the previous tales in the series available in one volume. Original.

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Forget minor hazards such as the H-bomb. The discovery of time travel means that everything we know, anyone we know, might not only vanish, but never even have existed. Against that possibility stand the men and women of the Time Patrol, dedicated to preserving the history they know and protecting the future from fanatics, terrorists, and would-be dictators who would remold the shape of reality to suit their own purposes. Manse Everard, the Patrol's finest temporal trouble-shooter, bears a heavy burden. The fabric of history is stained with human blood and suffereing which he cannot, must not do anything to alleviate, lest his tampering bring desastrous alterations in future time. Everard must leave the horrors of the past in place, lest his tampering--or that of the Patrol's opponents, the Exaltationists--erase all hope of a better future, and instead bring about a future filled with greater horrors than any recorded by past history at its darkest and most foul.… (more)

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