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Book Title: The Shield of Time|
The author of the book: Poul Anderson
ISBN 13: 9780812510003
Edition: Tor/Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.
Date of issue: July 15th 1991
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is three novellas plus connecting materials (http://www.locusmag.com/index/t271.htm) as six strangely titled parts jumping time. Excerpt has dated Sections.
The Time Patrol travels time to set up outposts for study and protection of history. Strings of dates, times, wars, conquerors. Detail of costume and habits recreate old cultures. Names warp mouths - Chandrakumar, Euthydemus, Antiochus. What if a past event changed enough to alter the present? Based in 1987 New York City, Manse Everard, Unattached Agent with "broad discretion" p5, tracks down errors and restores balance, referencing (elsewhen runaway Spanish Conquistador and Phoenician conspirators p55) showdowns against an Exaltationist guerrilla gang including pheremone-gale courtesan Theosis 209 BC, and twice hiccups involving otherwise brave knight Lorenzo 1146 AD. My hope for their solution was recruitment, not to be, so no spoiler. In Beringia 13,210 BC, his protégée Wanda Tamberly feels sorry for friendly aboriginal Aryuk's tribe We/Us, taxed by invading Red Wolf's AmerIndians.
Section 2 title 'Women and Horses and Power and War' is from Rudyard Kipling, perhaps because the two plot themes are the growing romance between experienced Everard and novice Wanda amid forgotten battles I skim and forget fast. I found the depth of detail discouraging, impeding; others might like the complexity. X-rating for cracked heads, sliced guts, and scooped out eyeballs - undoubtedly true to the times, and the only action in a plodding mish-mash of alternative time-lines. Most surprising contradiction, not found in newer fiction, is the narcotic habit, never in the aspect of a nicotine drug addiction- now chemical patches, gum, spry - always the Patrolman stuffing and sucking his pipe, others imbibing on cigarettes, no fancy cigars, cigarillos, or home-rolled, somehow standard package issue.
"The end product of his labors was the story of it, deep and wide-ranging but never seen except by a handful of interested individuals within the corps or up in the far distant future. When he took furlough in his native country and century, he must lie to family and friends about what he did for a living. Surely no monk had ever accepted an existence harder, lonelier, or more devoted." p44
(How about TV Stargate SG-1, Primeval and Warehouse 13 teams?)
Typo: missing word(s)?
p145 brighten the dark months ahead.[7 spaces] [new line] came when a sorrow and a fear lay over Us.
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Read information about the authorPseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.
Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards.
Anderson received a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota in 1948. He married Karen Kruse in 1953. They had one daughter, Astrid, who is married to science fiction author Greg Bear. Anderson was the sixth President of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, taking office in 1972. He was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America, a loose-knit group of Heroic Fantasy authors founded in the 1960s, some of whose works were anthologized in Lin Carter's Flashing Swords! anthologies. He was a founding member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Robert A. Heinlein dedicated his 1985 novel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls to Anderson and eight of the other members of the Citizens' Advisory Council on National Space Policy.
Poul Anderson died of cancer on July 31, 2001, after a month in the hospital. Several of his novels were published posthumously.
* Time Patrol
* Psychotechnic League
* Trygve Yamamura
* Harvest of Stars
* King of Ys
* Last Viking
* Future history of the Polesotechnic League
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