Lawrence Watt-Evans heads out on the road to explore a whole multiverse of stories on the theme of travel to places that are not just elsewhere, but elsewhen.
These stories make it clear that time travel is not just about trips to the past and future: Crosstime Traffic will take you sideways in time. Includes the Hugo-winning story "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" and a new afterword by the author.
You'll want to take your times over these twenty tales of fantasy, science fiction and mystery by Lawrence Watt-Evans, master of many genres.
In the first half of his first collection of short stories, Watt-Evans comes up with some clever variations on a standard SF theme: imagine that you can travel from world to world among an infinite number of alternate realities, but with no way to return to where you started. Watt-Evans introduces us to a New York City cop whose job it is to deal with chunks of other universes--such as a 200-foot flying whale--periodically dropped onto Earth by ``reality storms''; a mourning widower who travels doggedly from universe to universe in a desperate attempt to resurrect his marriage; and an entrepreneur who has discovered a way to bring back marketable ideas from other worlds. Unfortunately, although the book promises ``an infinite number of possibilities'' for tales of travel between alternate realities, Watt-Evans ( The Misenchanted Sword ) seems to run out of ideas about midway through the collection. The result is an oddly disjointed book whose second half is composed of a few fantasies and some self-consciously old-fashioned stories about martians, monsters and a couple of space-colony kids who decide to build a spaceship.