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Rating 3 of fiveMy 4 star review of the title novel is separate from the related stories.The Panshins essay isn t anything too terribly much in the way of revelations or extensions of the critical knowledge of de Camp s game changing book Rating 3 ish stars for The Deadly Mission of Phineas SnodgrassFrederik Pohl wrote a few paragraphs about the awfulness of unintended consequences It s barely a story, in fact I d call it of a short responsive essay about Lest Darkness Fall On emotional respons [...]
This was a harsh, convulsive world you d get caught in the gears sooner or later An outstanding collection of stories led by de Camp s 1939 classic For a hard science fiction author who rejected time machines and faster than light travel as not possible, de Camp wrote an excellent story of a twentieth century man dropped into six century Rome.Comparison with Mark Twain s 1889 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court is inevitable De Camp s story is better Twain s focus was on social commentar [...]
This is a book about time travel by an author who didn t believe it was possible So he did what Mark Twain and Edgar Rice Burroughs had done before him, and used a fantastical accident to get Martin Padway to sixth century Rome Fair enough.Martin has no illusions about the likelihood of his success, but he is determined to do what he can to avert the Dark Ages How fortunate that he is a scientifically trained archaeologist and a student of history but we accept that premise because without it th [...]
Despite being the 80 year old grandfather of modern alternate history, Lest Darkness Fall feels quite fresh Admittedly, you ll find dated attitudes toward race and gender roles if you re looking for them, but don t be put off by the age of this book.The premise is this the protagonist, through forces unknown, is thrust back in time Not in the history of his own world exactly, but one just like it a branching off the tree of time, in which one can change the future Which is precisely what Martin [...]
This is a classic time travel story from 1939 and was fun as as remembrance of what SF was like in the old days , although any SF reader has probably read so many time travel stories this does not seem fresh or clever In addition to the main story, though, I thought the essay by the Panshins was very interesting and informative, and I thought S M Stirling s story featuring de Camp s protagonist 50 years later was highly enjoyable, better than the original by a lot The Pohl story was also enjoyab [...]
Absolutely fantastic I can see why this book is revered as a classic The protagonist is believable and you find yourself fully in his corner rooting him on the deeper he gets involved in the ancient world he s been tossed into A great time travel book is always so much fun and this one is a delight and very funny 4 stars.
Story 8 powerful and intelligent if often distracted Characters 6 simplistic but distinctive Accuracy 5 society ridiculously simplistic but facts are generally accurate How is one supposed to judge a book that is one of the seminal works of the twentieth century This book created the entire genre of alternate history, or at least the form of it that goes beyond the everyday wondering about what would have happened if events had transpired differently which people have traced as far back as Livy [...]
I really enjoyed Lest Darkness Fall De Camp, an engineer, writes about an archaeologist knocked back in time to around the final fall of the western Roman empire Has obviously considered the probable constraints and issues involved in this arrangement in a lot of detail, and also just tells a good story.
One of mankind s great works of fiction This story follows a young man and a historian sent back in time just after the ostrogothic invasion of Rome It is rich in symbolism, humor and obscure historical references which make this book such a wonderful read.
While I appreciate the impact this book may have had, I just found it a little dull About half way through I needed to push myself to complete.
There are four stories in this book, all dealing with time travel I wrote a review of de Camp s story previously, but just in case you want to see it here, I ve pasted it below Lest Darkness Fall 1939 by L Sprague de CampMartin Padway, an archeologist visiting in Rome, is mysteriously transported back to the sixth century in Italy When it s obvious that he won t return soon or ever , he starts adding twentieth century devices and approaches to make a living Fortunately, he is quite an expert on [...]
When In RomeThe novel which is the centerpiece of this collection takes the premise of A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur s Court and does it one better by setting it during the Roman Empire Along with the novel you get a set of short stories by contemporary writers who play off the novel.
En mi opini n, una de las historias mejor logradas sobre viajes en el tiempo y ucron as, junto con la excelentePavane deKeith ROBERTS yThe Man in the High Castle, del insuperablePhilip K DICK Lest Darkness Fall precede a las otras dos, y ha influido enormemente en el g nero AL Sprague de CAMP se le reconoce su gran ingenio y rigor en sus obras de ciencia ficci n, y en esta ocasi n, aunque no se mete en problemas para dar un sustento cient fico o tecnol gico cre ble el personaje simplemente viaja [...]
Same idea as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court, except this time it s an American archaelogist, and instead of King Arthur s court, it s Rome in 535 A.D.The real attraction of this book is that it deals with alternate history that actually happened, rather than playing with a legendary tale that has a long history of being modified to suit the storyteller s preferences, and that it is one of the very first pieces of alternate history that grapples genuinely with the concerns that have [...]
The most realistic time travel story I ve ever read Archaeologist Martin Padway is sent back in time to the decline of the Roman Empire after being struck by lightning At first he focuses on getting a financial footing After that, however he begins to notice the signs of decline that will lead to the dark ages So, he decides he will do everything in his power to prevent them from happening.This story features a simple yet expansive plot, well developed interesting characters and plenty of intrig [...]
One of the first books ever written in the Science Fiction genre, arguably the first in Alternate History, it is a book that anyone who loves that genre should read just to appreciate that fact in itself That being said, the book is set in 1930 s 400 A.D Rome The main character is Martin Padway and due to a strange series of misfortunate events, he ends up suddenly 1500 years in the past After the initial shock wears off, Martin comes to the conclusion that he is going to have to find a place to [...]
This is a classic scifi story from 1939 Archaeologist Martin Padway is in 20th century Rome when he suddenly finds himself in 6th century Rome His knowledge of archaeology allows him to speak a form of understandable Latin and his knowledge of history of that period allows him to anticipate events Using his knowledge of some 20th century technology he wants to alter history to avoid the misery humanity felt during the middle ages.Since I never read this before, I found it very entertaining, but [...]
I first read this book when I was high school It is time travel story in the mode of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court An American archeologist is in Rome studying, when he is transported through time by some unknown mechanism to Rome as the empire is falling His knowledge of Latin and the history or the period leave him well prepared to make changes that can prevent the fall of Rome It is not a easy path that he takes, but along the way he introduces a variety of modern ideas that peo [...]
I absolutely loved this story It s incredibly witty, well paced and credible once you accept the incredible premiss The characters are relatable, charismatic and fun to read I honestly can t think of a single bad thing to say.On a highly personal note, I couldn t stop thinking that I would be sooo dead, so many times along the book I d starve to death before I figured out a way to make brandy or a press heck I don t even think I would have had the presence of mind to introduce indoarabic numeral [...]
For a variety of reasons, I often like to try and read early works in a genre And just as often, I m rather disappointed in those works Early works are often clumsy expressions of an idea that suffer badly in comparison with later explorations of those same ideas Plus all the barriers that changes in linguistic style and social s can bring to an appreciation of books from even a few decades ago.All of that is to say that reading the 1939 Lest Darkness Fall was not at all painful It s a time trav [...]
I was not very impressed with this book I liked the premise, but it seemed way to convenient for the main character to be able to know how to create whatever he wanted from his own time zone, like how to grind lenses for telescopes for instance Also, the second half of the book was way too focussed on 6th century Roman politics It kind of reminded me of the tone of Princess of Mars a bit a book I liked very much one of the early sci fi tales mapping out new territory In the case of Lest Darkness [...]
Clearly a classic of the Fall back in time genre.The original story is crisp and well written with a lot of fun to think about the Follow ups by other authors are a mixed bag The only negative one is the Frederick Pohl Normally I m a fan, but this short bit is along the lines of that mental exercise you do in 7th grade biology where you prove that the world has already been over run by fruitflies, based only on birthrate.The S.M Stirling is fun and he s a big one in the genre so that shouldn t [...]
Fun early version of the idea of going back in time and changing the course of events Sprague definitely wrote this from the viewpoint of wanting to make changes, as opposed to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court, which was political and cultural commentary.There is two additional stories intended to carry on the story to some additional extent, but I didn t find either particularly memorable.
Lest Darkness Fall is an alternate history set in the sixth century Martin Padway finds himself suddenly thrust back in time and takes it upon himself to change history, to forestall the advent of the Dark Ages, the Age of Faith While one can see that the development of the printing press, semaphore telegraph, and Arabic numeral accounting might have this effect, unless one is well versed in the military campaigns in post Roman Italy, the impact of the alternate history of this book is muted at [...]
This is a collection, with the main book being a full lenghth novel by L Sprague de Camp and the other short stories written along the same lines but many years later by different authors Thie novel, Let Darkness Fall, was an interesting twist on the time travel scenario It was written in 1939 and it almost reads like something that could have been written today I liked the humor and flow of ideas in a lot of the book but I think it gets bogged down in the battles and politics Toward the end I w [...]
If you like alternate history or time travel, then I recommend this book to you Generally, time travel books take two paths going back in time on purpose to kill Hitler or whomever , or accidentally going back in time and trying to not change anything until you can get home The clever part of this book is that it avoids both cliches What s surprising is that, having been written in 1938, it predates all the cliches One issue is that it seems to assume you know something about late Roman history, [...]
There are enough reviews about this book so that I will not go into any detail I wanted to read this in part because it seems such a classic It was much funnier than I had anticipated, but that should not be surprising as that is the case with other stories I have read by de Camp This version of the book contains three other time travel stories The first one is by Frederik Pohl It is quite amusing, but very short Neither of the other stories was particularly good, even though they were written b [...]
A solid tale of time travelThe title story was a fun read, although it felt a little dated This is not unexpected for a story from 1939 The premise was good, though, and mostly well executed Belarus was perhaps a bit thinly drawn, I had hoped he d be a prominent character The additional stories were also interesting, particularly the last one, concerning an educated Roman woman thrown back from a celebration of Rome s 1,000th anniversary to the founding of the city A very enjoyable, engrossing, [...]
A classic of Gygax s famous Appendix N dealing with an early 20th century man who slips back in time to Rome at the beginning of the Dark Ages, and seeks to stave off the coming darkness by implementing small changes using what was possible for the time period and technology de Camp is a careful student of history and thinker about the implications of his tale.
I can see why the story Lest Darkness Fall is a classic I m very glad I read this successor to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court and pathfinder for Island in the Sea of Time and 1632 Also the accompanying three shorter stories were well selected a rejoinder, a sequel, and a recursion.