The Other Time Book: Singular Irregularity in Print, Received Wednesday Evening
Let us be careful of the “whens” of arrival, it is after all a time travel book. And so it was Wednesday after I’d returned home from the library, at just about 6 p.m. as I recall (Eastern Daylight Time), beaming up at me out of the mailbox was a silver padded-wrapped package. Could it be? I wondered. It looked about book-sized and, sure enough, eased out of its wrappings the cover revealed the long-awaited GrayWhisper Graphics Productions anthology SINGULAR IRREGULARITY (cf. July 9, June 6, et al.)
Not to be confused with IT’S ABOUT TIME (see two posts below, September 20, et al.), SINGULAR IRREGULARITY is the other time-centric book. The one that explains in its blurb: It’s only time travel. What could go wrong? Let us show you! Adding to that, [w]hat you hold in your hands is a singular opportunity to witness paradox at its worst! When it comes to time, all things are relative, including the elasticity of causality. Writers from all over the world have come together to bring you a wide array of tales from witty and whimsical to dark and dire, exploring the age-old axiom: when you tick-off time, sooner or later, he’s going to quantum your physics.
And so it goes. My tale in this tome is “The Master of Time,” third in the line-up, originally published in the Summer 2002 issue of FANTASTIC (also reprinted in DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, for which see center column), a story of the power of time and a great clock that runs it, and how once upon an occasion it almost stopped. For more on this, and twenty-five other . . . er . . . timely stories, press here.