Publication year: 2014
Running time: 8 hours, 2 minute
Narrated by: Jerimy Colbert, Jane Kennedy, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Matthew Buchman. Allyson Longueira
Publisher: WMG Publishing
The stories in this collection range from a slow, contemplating story to adventure. I liked all of them but maybe I’m just easy to please. 🙂 Then again, I’ve enjoyed almost every Fiction River story I’ve listened, so maybe I just click with the editors.
I’ve never read a time travel story similar to ”Love in the time of Dust and Venom” by Sharon Joss. The main character is Keiko whose 97-year-old grandfather decides to travel in time to the future. A company has developed a time travel device and they want to test it with one person and choose the grandfather. He could die during it but wants to try it, anyway. This is a quiet, contemplative story and a good way to start the collection.
”This Time, I Return for Good” by Michael Robert Thomas is written in a series of letters, not in a chronological order.
“The Elevator in the Cornfield” by Scott William Carter starts when a father and son find an elevator on their cornfield. This starts a strange adventure.
In “Radio Free Future” by J. Steven York one man can hear transmissions from the future. Unfortunately, they don’t have all the information. Sometimes he wants to prevent the future from which the transmissions are coming.
“Unstuck” by D.K. Holmberg: Jason has a terrible row with his wife and after he’s hit by weird lightning, he slowly realizes that he’s not in the same place anymore.
In “Your Permanent Record” by Ray Vukcevich the MC tries to get rich with time travel but it’s not easy.
In “Waiting for the Coin to Drop” by Dean Wesley Smith time travel has been invented and an author is using it in order to travel back in time, research it and then write a book about what he has learned. Somewhat familiar, right? Except that in this world, time traveling is done a bit differently.
“Nice Timestream Youse Got Here” by Lee Allred: about, yep, people out to get money with time travel. And not in a ”nice” way. Unfortunately, I really didn’t care for the narrator.
“The Highlight of a Life” by Jeffrey A. Ballard: scientists in a US university have found a way to cross over to other timelines and one of the scientists decides to correct something he regrets.
“A Beautiful Friendship” by Mike Resnick & Lou J. Berger: Calley is so average that people forget him even when he’s talking to them but he has a unique ability: to travel in time. He goes to a psychologist and the meeting changes both their lives.
“Fix” by Michael A. Stackpole: A war between two timetraveling families reaches its conclusion in a very personal way.
“The Totem of Curtained Minds” by Ken Hinckley starts from a prison where one prisoner refuses to be fenced in.
“September at Wall and Broad” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Rusch is one of my favorite writers so it’s no coincidence that I really liked this one and I’m hoping she’ll write more in this universe. Although, I actually find the idea of having a time traveling agency accountable to the US senate frightening. A timetraveler has been sent to 1920 to explore bombing but something goes wrong. The Time Agency in 2057 has lost contact with her and sends another agent to look for her. However, they find out more than they wanted.
In “Time, Expressed As An Entree” by Robert T. Jeschonek time devouring Rainbow Leviathan eats up everything until just one day is left. Then he encounters an anomaly.