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To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both-- To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both--


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To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both-- To upset the stable, mighty stream of time would probably take an enormous concentration of energy. And it's not to be expected that a man would get a second chance at life. But an atomic might accomplish both--

30 review for Time And Time Again

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Derus

    Real Rating: 3.5* of five The story of time's seriously powerful defense mechanism. That is a seriously major downer! But what the hell, it was a lot of fun and it had some sort of thought put into it...a deep dive into the handwavium jar, a solid sprinkle of cliché dust, and a heaping cup of cornballs. Piper's take on time travel was not absurd from the point of view of the as-yet poorly understood physics of atomic power. A bomb, a dose of narcotics, a mind in deep mortal crisis...sure, he could Real Rating: 3.5* of five The story of time's seriously powerful defense mechanism. That is a seriously major downer! But what the hell, it was a lot of fun and it had some sort of thought put into it...a deep dive into the handwavium jar, a solid sprinkle of cliché dust, and a heaping cup of cornballs. Piper's take on time travel was not absurd from the point of view of the as-yet poorly understood physics of atomic power. A bomb, a dose of narcotics, a mind in deep mortal crisis...sure, he could travel back to his thirteenth birthday, why the heck not. Especially since his thirteenth birthday was Hiroshima Day, the sixth of August, 1945; and the mortal crisis is his death in the Battle of Buffalo (N.Y.) in 1975 in the fireball of a nuclear bomb. Okay, okay, it's codswallop. It's implausible by 1947 standards. But the events of this wild day, this unprecedented day, are unimpeded and flow right as they should until the lad makes a fateful, Universe-changing difference in his dad's life. It works! Or does it. Will it, in the end, make things worse? (view spoiler)[Can his dad shoulder the burden of his newly changed future alone, single-handed, without the returned adult mind of his son? (hide spoiler)] And just to show that Piper did not have a crystal ball tucked somewhere safe, he predicted that in 1960 we would have a president who "sang in a nice tenor and was good to his wife"! Yeah, no. But really, why spend money buying this when you could listen to the X Minus One radio drama for free on YouTube? It's much less irritating for being free.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Too short, too chill, to give more than 3 stars to. Discussion in the group "Evolution of Science Fiction"here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... Too short, too chill, to give more than 3 stars to. Discussion in the group "Evolution of Science Fiction"here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adam Smith

    After a wartime explosion caught war correspondent Allan Hartley unawares he finds himself flung helplessly back through time and into the body of his own twelve year old self. Going are the muddy trenches of World War III and brutal battles of his future, in there place Allan finds a father he has missed and a boyhood long since gone. Can it be real or is this all some elaborate dream? This is the kind of story that has been done to death, but I get the feeling that this one predates a number of After a wartime explosion caught war correspondent Allan Hartley unawares he finds himself flung helplessly back through time and into the body of his own twelve year old self. Going are the muddy trenches of World War III and brutal battles of his future, in there place Allan finds a father he has missed and a boyhood long since gone. Can it be real or is this all some elaborate dream? This is the kind of story that has been done to death, but I get the feeling that this one predates a number of the others on the market. It ends right when things usually get started which was surprising. You'd think there'd be more in the story than Allan discovering it was real, making plans, fade to black. Kind of a letdown. One thing that did throw me for a loop though was the mention of a B-52 colliding with the Empire State building. It was thrown out so casually that I had to drop everything and go google it. Turns out that, yes, it did in fact happen. Who knew? Read as part of The Time Travel Megapack: 26 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Oleksandr Zholud

    This short story, published in 1947, is one of the earliest examples of time travel story with changeable future/past. Earlier stories usually assumed that the whole timeline is fixed, so even if you can move forward (The Time Machine) or backward (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), you cannot change the line itself. This definitely makes this story an important milestone in SF even if it sounds a bit dated nowadays. This short story, published in 1947, is one of the earliest examples of time travel story with changeable future/past. Earlier stories usually assumed that the whole timeline is fixed, so even if you can move forward (The Time Machine) or backward (A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court), you cannot change the line itself. This definitely makes this story an important milestone in SF even if it sounds a bit dated nowadays.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tasula

    Short story- 43 yr old soldier injured in WWIII in 1975 wakes up back in 1945 with all his 43 years of memories intact. Fun and optimistic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    Interesting time travel story, and if Wikipedia is to be believed one of the first in Piper's career. By now this concept has been done before, but it's based on the unique idea of someone going back in time and inhabiting their own younger body. It's a clever story, just a little too short for a higher rating. Interesting time travel story, and if Wikipedia is to be believed one of the first in Piper's career. By now this concept has been done before, but it's based on the unique idea of someone going back in time and inhabiting their own younger body. It's a clever story, just a little too short for a higher rating.

  7. 5 out of 5

    SciFiOne

    2018 grade A 13 going on 43. This is an about 30 page short story and it is quite a good one. A man of 43 lies dying of war wounds in 1975 but wakes up in his 13 year old body in 1945 knowing his future past. He plans to alter that future. A fun read - recommended. Purchased in a Kindle megapack for under a dollar.

  8. 4 out of 5

    William Mc Callum

    Wonderful reading 📚 A will written fantasy novella of a man 🚹going back in time to become a teenager. He remembers everything and all the events. His father and he start planning their future. I would recommend this novella to anyone looking for an entertaining quick read. Enjoy reading 🔰2021 😃

  9. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    It's really a long discourse on time travel. In this particular iteration, the time traveler does change things in the past -- and nothing happens in the future. It's actually a very clever story. Quick read. It's only something like 20 pages. It's really a long discourse on time travel. In this particular iteration, the time traveler does change things in the past -- and nothing happens in the future. It's actually a very clever story. Quick read. It's only something like 20 pages.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I was really into this one, up until the ending. This is the first story by Piper that didn't have a really satisfying ending, instead opting for a partial closure of the problem/solution presented by the sci-fi element (time travel). I was really into this one, up until the ending. This is the first story by Piper that didn't have a really satisfying ending, instead opting for a partial closure of the problem/solution presented by the sci-fi element (time travel).

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Nall

    And interesting take on time travel. I didn't realize that this was a short story when I first started to read it. A 40 something war correspondent is killed during WWIII and wakes up in his own 13 yr old body. I wish it had been longer and gone into more detail of the events surrounding his life. And interesting take on time travel. I didn't realize that this was a short story when I first started to read it. A 40 something war correspondent is killed during WWIII and wakes up in his own 13 yr old body. I wish it had been longer and gone into more detail of the events surrounding his life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    A fun early time travel/alternate reality story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris Aldridge

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Part of “short science fiction collection vol. 003 - LibriVox “. Time travel story, philosophical logical discussion between a legal expert father and his son set in the Cold War. Not very interesting to me from this point in the tales future as it is very dated. Narration not bad.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chompa

    Excellent short story on time travel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    Time and Time Again, by H. Beam Piper Interesting and enjoyable tale. Reporter wakes up within his 13 yr old body and time frame. Reminds me of Tom Hanks’ film ‘Big’ and also BTTF I&II. 4 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lanise

    Time and Time Again by Henry B. Piper is unlike most short stories you'll ever read. This tale of science fiction is short and choppy and the writing isn't that great, but I admire its quirky ending. The year's 1975 and a soldier, Allan Hartley, fallen wounded in World War III. Oh yes. WWIII occurred in the '70s. Who would have thunk it? Somehow Allan's transported back in time to his home in Williamsport, Pennsylvania when he just thirteen years old. He wakes in bed in his teen body without a clu Time and Time Again by Henry B. Piper is unlike most short stories you'll ever read. This tale of science fiction is short and choppy and the writing isn't that great, but I admire its quirky ending. The year's 1975 and a soldier, Allan Hartley, fallen wounded in World War III. Oh yes. WWIII occurred in the '70s. Who would have thunk it? Somehow Allan's transported back in time to his home in Williamsport, Pennsylvania when he just thirteen years old. He wakes in bed in his teen body without a clue of what the heck's happening. But he has his memory and every knowledge of the war and all he's learned in adulthood. He freaks out for a bit and then confronts his father with the news. You can imagine his father's reaction to: Hey, Dad, I might have died in the future and come back in my teenage body! But the two of them come to an agreement and decide a plan of action. They're going to change the future and prevent WWIII from happening or at least find a way to win the war. And then the story ends. Right there. Nothing more. The story ends where you'd expect it to just be beginning. I may have yelled at the last page... Why would the author end a story so abruptly? All I can say is I have to admire Piper for his unique twist to this story's end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jorge

    I gave this story one star more than it would normally deserve. I love H. B. Piper, and I think his writing is among the best in old school Sci-Fi. In my rating, I am taking into consideration the short story format with the rating; I feel the author was constrained by it. I am familiar with his work, and I know that he would have expanded this story with additional material and thus rendered it better than average. The ending was akin to sound made by dropping a book on a wood floor; it was exp I gave this story one star more than it would normally deserve. I love H. B. Piper, and I think his writing is among the best in old school Sci-Fi. In my rating, I am taking into consideration the short story format with the rating; I feel the author was constrained by it. I am familiar with his work, and I know that he would have expanded this story with additional material and thus rendered it better than average. The ending was akin to sound made by dropping a book on a wood floor; it was expected, abrupt, and a little dull given the subject matter. The short format also imposed a pace that was too breakneck at times. For example, the father too easily accepts that his son has memories of the future. He too easily agrees with his son when it comes to his son's plan to change the future. These should have taken more convincing, and the father's shock was too short-lived. Even in its current form, it is an enjoyable tale. However, it suffers from the fast pace that the short format forces onto this story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Perry Whitford

    Taking ideas first put forward in J. W. Dunne's An Experiment with Time and later popularized in the movies Freaky Friday and Big, Piper puts his own spin on time, precognition, and that waking-up as-your-younger-self fantasy/nightmare. After an extreme physical shock brought on by a small dose of WWIII, the adult consciousness of Allan Hartley is sent back to 1945 into his own thirteen year old body. His father senses something unusual. How to get the old man comfortable with the idea?: Allan pic Taking ideas first put forward in J. W. Dunne's An Experiment with Time and later popularized in the movies Freaky Friday and Big, Piper puts his own spin on time, precognition, and that waking-up as-your-younger-self fantasy/nightmare. After an extreme physical shock brought on by a small dose of WWIII, the adult consciousness of Allan Hartley is sent back to 1945 into his own thirteen year old body. His father senses something unusual. How to get the old man comfortable with the idea?: Allan picked up a sheet and handed it to his father. "Used properly, we can make two or three million on that, alone. A list of all the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont winners to 1970." That's my boy! Oh, he also prevents a murder and plans to become president and stop the aforementioned world war. He must have succeeded, 1975 has come and gone. Nice work fella.

  19. 4 out of 5

    France-Andrée

    This was a very enjoyable read. It is very short, but I think it does a thorough exploration of its theme. Its the story of a forty-something man who dies and awakens in his 13 year old self. The man/boy looks for a theory on why this has happened and I think the author was very imaginative with coming up with an explanation that I can really buy. I recommend this to anybody who like a good time-traveling story and even to the uninitiated who would like to try the genre with a short-story first.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ralph McEwen

    A good story of time travel. First Published in: 1947 Audio Book MP3 downloaded from http://librivox.org/short-science-fic... Public Domain stories from Project Gutenberg, that are read by volunteers. I listen to these short stories while walking to and from work. Play Duration: 00:48:48 Read By: R. J. Davis A good story of time travel. First Published in: 1947 Audio Book MP3 downloaded from http://librivox.org/short-science-fic... Public Domain stories from Project Gutenberg, that are read by volunteers. I listen to these short stories while walking to and from work. Play Duration: 00:48:48 Read By: R. J. Davis

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Vea

    Good quick read Time and Time Again, is a fun little story, that I can understand why the original publisher paid H Beam Piper for the work. A well crafted story, well worth the few minutes to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luis Vazquez

    Interesting discussion on time travel. Definitely one to keep on file.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alberto Garcia Ariza

    A nice short story, somehow related to Replay (ken Grinwood), with an interesting explanation of the logics behind Time travel. (The same logic is applied in Police Operations). Worth a reading

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patrick DiJusto

    talky but good

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niraj

    A great short read that has a deep thoughts about time that took a couple of reads to fully understand.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    short and enjoyable. the idea of looping back in time in order to go forward to make things better always makes for a fun sci-fi read, imo.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Maldonado

    Very good short story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sean Brennan

    Rather enjoyed this short story with a subtle twist, where the mind of an adult facing death in WWIII is transferred back to his adolescent self during the close of WWII.

  29. 4 out of 5

    j

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jake

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