ABOUT TIME offers a delightful return to the world of time travel and light comedy that distinguished Jack Finney's all-time classic TIME AND AGAIN. The protagonists of these 12 stories are well-meaning but at odds with their surroundings and their lives. The time to which they escape--through time travel--doesn't fulfill their expectations in the way they had hoped, but sometimes they find their dreams.
In Finney's cult classic Time and Again (1970), Manhattan adman Simon Morley joined a secret government time-travel project, transported himself back to the New York City of 1882, fell in love and decided to remain in the past. This entertaining sequel traces Simon's attempts to alter a course of events in 1912 and thereby prevent WWI.
On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved -- the world as he knew it. First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired three major motion pictures.
Most of the twelve stories in The Third Level are strange. The title story is about a man who finds the third level of a train station, which exists in 1894. A couple who could be from the future move next door to the narrator of Such Interesting Neighbors, while in Second Chance a young man's classic car whisks him back to town in the past. Most of the stories are about time travel or displacement of time, but Something in a Cloud and A Dash of Spring are romances; Of Missing Persons concerns itself with teleportation to another, better world; Cousin Lem's Wonderful Adjective Cellar is a whimsical comment on language; and Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket is a tale of terror and suspense about a man on a window ledge. Jack Finney has written each story in a way that makes the fantasies involved seem almost real. His style is leisurely yet not a word is wasted. These are bizarre and delightful stories.
This handsome new book combines three Finney favorites in an omnibus edition that brilliantly displays his bold and unmistakable imagination. Certain to delight anyone with a penchant for penetrating imaginary realms of fantasy and adventure. Included are The Woodrow Wilson Dime, The Night People, and Marion's Wall.
"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon. "Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U. S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?"
Si Morley is marking time: he's bored with his job as a commercial artist, and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So when he's approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he's just what the government is looking for to be part of a a top secret project, he doesn't hesitate for long. And one night he steps out of his twentieth-century New York apartment into the winter of 1882, and finds a kind of Eden. Or does he?
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