(#3672) THE CALTRAPS OF TIME. David I. Masson.

THE CALTRAPS OF TIME. London: Faber and Faber, [1968]. Octavo, cloth. First edition. The author's first book. "Seven science fiction stories that explore time displacement, parallel worlds, alien linguistics, and post-apocalyptic dystopias. Includes the highly regarded “Traveler’s Rest” in which H, a soldier, fights in a war against an unseen enemy across an impassable time barrier where time flows much more slowly than on the rest of the planet. On leave, H returns home and starts a new life, marrying and raising a family, which takes decades, although only a few minutes have passed since he has left the front. “Traveler’s Rest” clearly anticipates Joe Haldeman’s THE FOREVER WAR. THE CALTRAPS OF TIME is thought-provoking science fiction in the same vein as Ted Chiang’s seminal collection STORIES OF YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS." - Boyd White. A notable collection of quality "hard" SF stories by a member of the NEW WORLDS group. "Polished and original." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-716. "... vigorously experimental, vivid ..." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 783. "Seven highly unusual SF stories first published in the adventurous NEW WORLDS magazine 1965-1967. Most concern the nature of time, and all are packed with ideas. The language is sometimes difficult, as in the brilliantly sustained 'A Two-Timer,' about the visit of a seventeenth-century gentleman to the baffling world of 1964. This remains its talented author's only book." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition, p. 57. One of the cornerstone collections of 1960s SF short fiction. A fine copy in fine white dust jacket. A scarce book, especially in nice condition. (#3672).

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