Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time Travel with Phil ROUS 15:29

Traplanda by Charles Sheffield 1987

The Plain Facts

  1. Length:28 Pages
  2. Genre:Science Fiction
  3. Category:Time Travel in the Era of New Wave Science Fiction (Hard Core Science Fiction)
  4. Characters:
  5. Helga; Shirley Martindale; Mr. John Kenyon Martindale; Owen Davies; and the Narrator.
  6. Setting
  7. Argentina and Chile's borderland, between latitude 46 and 50 south.
      • The time is in the present age.

So, what's It About Man?

Traplanda South America calls the explorer for a variety of reasons. Some come for Gold? Some come for revelation? Other journeyed in the name of science. No matter the reason the adventure was always treacherous.

First Words

John Kenyon Martindale seldom did things the usual way.

Last Words

The Pilot has arrived. My glass is empty. Tomorrow I will know.

Favorite Quote

  1. he picked out a book and placed it in the hopper of an iron potbellied stove with electronic aspirations.

What I Loved About the Story

      • I loved the travel adventure coupled with hard scientific facts/theories. It was cool to learn science and also go on an Indiana Jones type journey. I hope to do something like this with my limited knowledge of science. This type of story encourages you to learn science and physics as well. Also one does not need to move forward or backward in time if there is a device hidden in the mountains. The device can affect the things around it and make it a time travel story. The cool thing about this collection, the Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, is the variety of stories told here. They are unique to the telling of the time travel journey.

Turnip Tips


  • From the staff at the Locus Awards an appreciation of Charles Sheffield
  • Charles Sheffield attended St. John's College Cambridge where he graduated with a Double First in Mathematics and Physics
  • His wife's death was a catalyst for his writing of science fiction.
  • Body Clock News from the BBC
    1. Words Defined:

      word definition
      gravity gradient The gravity gradient is the spatial rate of change of gravitational acceleration.
      aperture a usually circular and often variable opening in an optical instrument or device that controls the quantity of radiation entering or leaving it
      portal a doorway to another place or another place in time/td>

      Where to Find This Story

      1. The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century

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