THE RIVER OF TIME

by DAVID BRIN

"... it was hard for me to tell exactly when the change occurred." — The River of Time


"This is one of my favourite short stories by any author, both for the unique concept of time as a true river with tributaries and currents, and for its tight execution. It made me stop and consider the linearity of time in an entirely new way."
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DAVID BRIN's The River of Time

Create Space, 2014; Bantam, 1986

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destiny, among other thrills

The River of Time brings together twelve of David Brin's finest stories, including "The Crystal Spheres"(WINNER: Hugo Award Best SF Short Story 1985), and four new stories published here for the first time. Here are powerful tales of heroism and humanity, playful excursions into realms of fancy, and profound meditations on time, memory, and our place in the universe.

"The Crystal Spheres" offers a fantastic explanation for the Great Silence. Instead of being latecomers, might humanity have come upon the scene too early?

"The Loom of Thessaly" merges classical mythology with impudent modern spirit in a science-fiction classic that speculates on the nature of reality.

"Thor Meets Captain America" offers an alternate history exploring a chilling scenario behind the Holocaust. In this parallel world, the Nazis narrowly avoid defeat in World War II when they are championed by the gods of the Norse Pantheon.

The opening paragraphs of the short story "The River of Time," which gave its name to my first anthology, is up for your pleasure at the UNFIT Magazine site, helping get the new venture launched.


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table of contents

CONTENTS

DESTINY
The Crystal Spheres — also sold separately at Barnes & Noble's nook, Apple's iTunes, and Amazon's kindle (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)
The Loom of Thessaly — also sold separately at Barnes & Noble's nook and Amazon's kindle (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)
The Fourth Vocation of George Gustaf

RECOLLECTON
Senses Three and Six
Toujours Voir
A Stage of Memory

SPECULATION
Just a Hint
Tank Farm Dynamo — also sold separately at Barnes & Noble's nook, Apple's iTunes, and Amazon's kindle (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)
Thor Meets Captain America — also sold separately at Barnes & Noble's nook, Apple's iTunes, and Amazon's kindle (#AmazonCommissionsEarned)

PROPAGATION
Lungfish
The River of Time


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David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!). Learn More


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Brin advises corporations and governmental and private defense- and security-related agencies about information-age issues, scientific trends, future social and political trends, and education. Urban Developer Magazine named him one of four World's Best Futurists, and he was appraised as "#1 influencer" in Onalytica's Top 100 report of Artificial Intelligence influencers, brands & publications. Past consultations include Google, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and many others. Learn More

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