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...Where Angels Fear to Tread | [Allen Steele]

...Where Angels Fear to Tread

When two chrononauts from the 24th century travel back in time, they inadvertently disrupt the ill-fated voyage of the Hindenburg, causing it to land successfully. Now, lost in a parallel universe, their mistake will be felt by every single human being.
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Publisher's Summary

When two chrononauts from the 24th century travel back in time, they inadvertently disrupt the ill-fated voyage of the Hindenburg, causing it to land successfully. Now, lost in a parallel universe, their mistake will be felt by every single human being.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novella, 1998

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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 04-03-12
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 04-03-12 Member Since 2007

    Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.

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    "Still a master"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-08-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "a little disappointed"

    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.

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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-07-12
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 07-07-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "3.5 stars"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andri Centurion, South Africa 06-25-12
    Andri Centurion, South Africa 06-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    What would have made ...Where Angels Fear to Tread better?

    Some good ideas, but no follow through.


    Would you recommend ...Where Angels Fear to Tread to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, great ideas but as a whole it was not good enough.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor and Allen Steele ’s performances?

    I liked the narrator and would try him.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from ...Where Angels Fear to Tread?

    The ending was just too contrived. It felt as if the writer was chasing a deadline.


    Any additional comments?

    Great ideas but not good enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Esta Germiston, South Africa 03-07-12
    Esta Germiston, South Africa 03-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Angels will not go here"

    Story can go but the swearing is a bit sad. I stopped it in the first 20 min.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Good read"

    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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