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Flight From Tomorrow

H. Beam Piper

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Hunted and hated in two worlds, Hradzka dreamed of a monomaniac's glory, stranded in the past with his knowledge of the future. But he didn't know the past quite well enough.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The indicator-disc came to a stop, in the First Century. He switched on the magnifier and leaned forward to look; he had emerged into normal time in the year 10 of the Atomic Era, a decade after the first uranium-pile had gone into operation, and seven years after the first atomic bombs had been exploded in warfare. The altimeter showed that he was hovering at eight thousand feet above ground-level.

Slowly, he cut out the antigrav, letting the "time machine" down easily. He knew that there had been no danger of materializing inside anything; the New Tower had been built to put it above anything that had occupied that space-point at any moment within history, or legend, or even the geological knowledge of man. What lay below, however, was uncertain. It was night—the visi-screen showed only a star-dusted, moonless-sky, and dark shadows below. He snapped another switch; for a few micro-seconds a beam of intense light was turned on, automatically . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Average Time travel paradox story.

Product Description

Flight from Tomorrow

There was no stopping General Zarvas' rebellion. Hunted and hated in two worlds, Hradzka dreamed of a monomaniac's glory, stranded in the past with his knowledge of the future. But he didn't know the past quite well enough. . . .

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Imaginative time travel short story that's now too outdated with the premise. A megalomaniacal tyrant escapes back to the then-present day for this publication as his machine failed. It went back further than expected and his person is having an adverse impact on the environment as he's trying in...more

A megalomaniacal tyrant uses a time machine to escape a coup against him and travel to the past to try again, but sabotage lands him in a different time than he intended.

A very interesting story with a tragically flawed premise (it's flat wrong). Setting that aside... IF the main scientific prem...more

Fun, if predictable, time travel story.

2019 grade B-

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A short story with a bit of irony.

A short story that takes an unexpected turn. I could guess the climax, but I really loved it. An unusual time travelling plot.

I just didn't believe the fundamental point of this story.