Counting Up, Counting Down
Del Rey / Ballantine, 2002
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From Harry Turtledove, bestselling author and critically acclaimed master of the short story, comes a classic collection of science fiction tales and what-if scenarios. In narratives ranging from fantastic to oddly familiar to eerily prescient, this compelling volume illustrates Turtledove's literary skill and unbridled imagination.
FORTY, COUNTING DOWN: With the help of his time-travel software, computer genius Justin Kloster returns to the past to stop himself from making a terrible mistake - but all actions have their consequences.
THE MALTESE ELEPHANT: A legendary detective finds himself in grave danger when a noir masterpiece takes a stunning new twist.
GODDESS FOR A DAY: Taking a page from history, a young girl dares to challenge the gods - and is richly rewarded for her efforts.
DECONSTRUCTION GANG: Mired in unemployment and despair, an academic finds happiness and intellectual fulfillment in a most unexpected place.
TWENTY-ONE, COUNTING UP: Justin Kloster's college life and romantic dreams are rudely interrupted - and irreversibly disrupted - when forty-year-old Justin arrives from the future to save himself from himself.
Plus twelve more thrilling, unforgettable tales of wonder!
Table of Contents:
- Forty, Counting Down - (1999)
- Must and Shall - (1995)
- Ready for the Fatherland - (1991)
- The Phantom Tolbukhin - (1998)
- Deconstruction Gang - (1992)
- The Green Buffalo - (1991)
- The Maltese Elephant - (1995)
- Vermin - (1993)
- Ils ne passeront pas - (1998)
- In This Season - (1992)
- Honeymouth - (1990)
- Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology #1: Andromeda and Perseus - (1999)
- Goddess for a Day - (1995)
- After the Last Elf is Dead - (1988)
- The Decoy Duck - (1992)
- The Seventh Chapter - (1997)
- Twenty-One, Counting Up - (1999)
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