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Great Work of Time

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Great Work of Time

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Author: John Crowley
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2018
Bantam Spectra, 1991
Doubleday Foundation, 1989

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Book Type: Novella
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Time Travel
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World Fantasy Award winning and Nebula Award nominated novella.

His name is Caspar Last, and this is the unique chronicle of the vacation he took from the twentieth century. It begins - or does it? - when Caspar, a genius, poor of course, and resentful at that, decides to use his "time machine" to bring back a modest fortune. It begins - or maybe it doesn't - with a mysterious bequest to a secret Otherhood charged with preserving and extending the British Empire at any cost. From the bold colonial days of empire-builder Cecil Rhodes through the wide-eyed and wondrous possibilities of the present to a strange and haunting future of magi and angels, of men and many races other than our own, John Crowley's time-travel masterpiece surfs bravely along "the infinite, infinitely broken coastline of Time" to tell a story that takes place neither here nor there, but everywhen.

The story originally appaered in the collection Novelty (1989) and was published as a seperate novella in 1991. It is also inlcuded in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection (1990), edited by Gardner Dozois, The Science Fiction Century (1997), edited by David G. Hartwell and A Science Fiction Omnibus (2007) edited by Brian W. Aldiss. It was reprinted in Lightpeed, May 2018.


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