BONUS AUDIO: Author Allen Steele explains what convinced him to write this Hugo Award-winning novella, despite vowing never to touch the subject of time travel.
©1997 Allen M. Steele, (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
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I am an avid reader of alternative histories and time travel. Arguably, this short novella has it all and this is the sort of book to listen to and keep. We don't see too much from Allen Steele these days but he's certainly on his game with this yarn. In selecting a critical year and a crew of the likely and the unlikely, he has provided great entertainment.
Some good ideas, but no follow through.
No, great ideas but as a whole it was not good enough.
I liked the narrator and would try him.
The ending was just too contrived. It felt as if the writer was chasing a deadline.
Great ideas but not good enough.
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Originally posted at FanLit.
Allen Steele promised himself he???d never write a time-travel story, but nevertheless, here it is. In his introduction to this audio version, he explains that he didn???t want to write about something he thought was impossible, but one of his friends challenged him to write a story that could overcome his own doubts. And thus we have ???Where Angels Fear to Tread.
There are two timelines going on in ???Where Angels Fear to Tread. In one, time travelers from the future go back to study the cause of the Hindenburg explosion. In the other timeline, Dr. Murphy, a modern day scientist who is embarrassed to work for the government???s Office for Paranormal Sciences, investigates UFO sightings. The two stories converge when the Hindenburg doesn???t explode on schedule and a paradox is created.
This story was exciting and fun once we left the tiresome bar scene at the beginning. I loved the idea that UFOs are time travelers ??? it explains UFO sightings and also explains why we (think we) don???t see time travelers. I also loved the ending of this story which celebrates the influence of science fiction on scientific progress. That???s a beautiful thought. (But, sorry Mr. Steele, you still haven???t convinced me that time travel is possible, and I don???t think you???ve convinced yourself, either.)
???Where Angels Fear to Tread was originally published in the 1997 issue of Asimov???s Science Fiction. It won, among others, the Hugo and Locus Awards, and was nominated for the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. Allen Steel later expanded ???Where Angels Fear to Tread into the novel Chronospace. I listened to Audible Frontier???s 3-hour long version read by the magnificent Marc Vietor.
liked it for the most part, but the end left me thinking perhaps a chapter was left off, just didn't seem complete. and for a Hugo winner or Nebula, which ever it was, I thought it was good but needed more, another twist at the end to complete it. coming from Death of Captain Future it was lacking. Captain Future is beautiful and by far better. can't wait to listen to that again, not this one.
A well read and easy to follow time travel yarn. It follows the usual "be careful what you do in in the past or you will alter the future" form, but I found it a most enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours journey
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