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Years In The Making: The Time-Travel Stories Of L. Sprague De Camp Hardcover – 28 Feb 2005

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  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr (28 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886778477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886778474
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,311,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Niccolò Sensi on 27 Sept. 2013
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The book is in perfect status and it is arrived in short time.
I recommended this seller to every fantasy lover!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kentishman on 20 Feb. 2008
A nice mixture of short stories, plus one long one are presented in this book.

Big game hunting with dinosaurs, having your mind jump into someone else's in a parallel universe, attempting to prevent the Dark Ages, and a caveman who doesn't get old are some of the subjects dealt with.

What impresses me most is the way language is dealt with. How people struggle with speaking Latin or Greek, or how English may have evolved without a Latin influence.

Overall, a good read and something a bit different from the normal time travel books I have read.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Collection that is among the best! 12 Nov. 2005
By David N. Reiss - Published on Amazon.com
L. Sprague de Camp is one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction. He was the second person to be named to a Grand Master by SFWA. His writing is very much like that of a Big Three, and he started writing before Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, or Arthur C. Clarke. If you read the work of the Big Three, then de Camp is something right up your alley.

Although de Camp did not invent the idea of the Alternate History story, he was most probably the best writer of that sub-genre of SF. This book contains some of his best stories ever in "The Wheels of If", "Aristotle and the Gun", "A Gun for Dinosaur" and "Lest Darkness Fall". Each are among the classics of SF.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
As good as an athology gets 26 Sept. 2005
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De Camp pretty much founded the Alternate History literary genre. These stories were groundbreaking in their time, and their wit and originality has not been surpassed.

De Camp was a learned man and his research is exhaustive. I recommend "Balsamo's Mirror" to anyone who attends Renaissance festivals, and "The Wheels of If" to anyone who worships their Celtic roots.
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Beautiful Edition for Posterity 28 Jan. 2009
By David B. Wade - Published on Amazon.com
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L. Sprague de Camp should need no introduciton, as one of the most influential Sci Fi/Fantasy authors of the 20th century. Most of the material here is available elsewhere, but usually in poor quality mass market editions. I particularly appreciate the inclusion of that alternate history classic of classics, "Lest Darkness Fall". This is a very high quality edition that could well grace any bookshelf, and is worth every penny.
Uniqueness Squared! 21 Jun. 2013
By Peter L. Harriss - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the stuff by decamp I've read has been superb but this is a compilation of the best of his best! One of the most educational 'stories' I've ever read is his
'Language for time traveler' because when we travel back to pre-iceage Europe or midaevel Rome, we expect to be able to use current American English.
Languages change and adapt and DeCamp points this out.
L. Sprague de Camp, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Prophet for Our Times and Beyond 29 Mar. 2015
By Lady de Winter - Published on Amazon.com
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We love L. Sprague de Camp, whether he's writing alone or with his colleagues.
He speculates, wittily and gently on how socio-political-scientific attitudes in our own culture might play out, with a few tweaks in his fantasy worlds. Always an Entertainment. and he makes the reader look at familiar "givens" differently.
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