Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol Series
Dr. Paul Shackley
I suggest that Poul Anderson’s Time Patrol series is the single best work of time travel fiction. There are two qualifications to this statement. First, tastes differ. Some other works may arguably be at least as good though in different ways. One reply here would be that the Time Patrol is good in many ways, not just one. It develops, has characterization, historical veracity, vivid realization of many historical periods, informed discussion of historical processes, different kinds of stories and subtle treatment of causality paradoxes. Secondly, comparison is not always possible. The Time Machine is a single, original work. Can it be compared with a later, increasingly elaborate, series? And why compare them? Certainly, both works should be included in any list of the few best.
Time Patrol’s many good features deserve lengthy discussion. However, I hope that I have done this:
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There is scope for more than this but that is it for the time being.