The main thing I wanted to talk about is time travel because I really do want to talk about what I want to talk about. That would make a great chorus for a pop country song. If you tried to go back in time to change a large historical event, you would find that your ability to travel accurately, to an exact time or place, would be limited. The larger your potential for changing history, the more time keeps you from placing yourself accurately. I like that. At first I thought that the only way time travel narratives work was in comedies, such as Back to the Future.

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Shelves: women-writers , sf , fantasy , short-stories , 20th-century This collection contains 12 stories. The narrator is a time-traveling grad student from a future Oxford University, who is sent to the London Blitz due to a clerical error. He was supposed to travel with St Paul for his practical exam, but instead ends up assigned This collection contains 12 stories. The epigraph for this story comes from Sir Walter Raleigh: "History hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.

She meets him there, apparently still alive. Like "Samaritan" below, this is a religious story. Set on a boarding school in L5 orbit, it is told by a female narrator who has just been assigned a new roommate.

Short and clever. Murrow was startled to see a fire engine racing past. He could not imagine where a fire engine could be going. But of course houses caught fire and burned for reasons that had nothing to do with the Blitz, and even in the face of Armageddon, there are still private Armageddons to be faced.


Fire Watch

Pages: This collection of twelve short stories from Connie Willis features huge variety. The rest bounce all over, including some stories that feel very different from what Connie Willis normally writes. Bartholomew is a historian from an era where time travel is used for research and has just been assigned his practicum. Rather than travel with St.


Fire Watch (short story)

I can see how this story would have been nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula — excellent message to the story and good ending to the plot — but to win both of them? Bartholomew is supposed to be traveling back in time to St. Paul for his History practicum; he has been preparing for this for four year. Bartholomew now only has two days to get ready for his trip to London in the Blitz. And he has no idea what it is he is supposed to be looking for in his practicum. Because he only has two days to prepare to live in , there is a MASSIVE amount of informations he need: maps, vocabulary, politics, food, culture, etc. The recounting of each days events I keep referring to is how the story is written.

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