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* How many people could you kill to guarantee your happiness?

* Would you follow a stranger into a broom closet at a Grateful Dead concert?

* How many times could you watch your own suicide?

* What would cause you to give away a wish-granting genie?


Those are just a few of the questions eighteen incredible authors answered in response to the call to take three historical figures, throw them together in some situation, and tell us the story that ensues. You’ll be fascinated by those stories featuring Julia Child, Jesus Christ, Michael Jackson, and Vlad the Impaler (well… not all in one story), plus dozens of others.


These marvelous tales of time-traveling adventure flow from the imaginations of Eric Avedissian, Adam-Troy Castro, Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gregory Frost, David Gerrold, Henry Herz, Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin, Heather McKinney, James A. Moore, Jody Lynn Nye, L. Penelope, Louise Piper, Hildy Silverman, S.W. Sondheimer, Allen Steele, and Lawrence Watt-Evans.


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Introduction by Michael A. Ventrella

"In the Chocolate Bar" by Jody Lynn Nye (featuring: George Washington Carver, Julia Child, Im-Hotep)

"The Jurors" by Lawrence Watt-Evans (featuring: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, William Tecumseh Sherman)

"Star Rat's Tale" by Allen Steele (featuring: Marlon Brando, Jesus Christ, Caesar Romero)

"A Vampire, an Astrophysicist, and a Mother Superior Walk into a Basilica" by Henry Herz (featuring: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Vlad Tepes, Mother Teresa)

"The Greatest Trick" by Louise Piper (featuring: Charles Baudelaire, Cassie Chadwick, Martin Luther King Jr.)

"The Mystic Lamb" by Gail Z. Martin (featuring: Edgar Cayce, Maggie Fox, Harry Houdini, Nikola Tesla)

"Episode in Liminal State Technical Support, or Mr. Grant in the Bardo" by Gregory Frost (featuring: Ambrose Bierce, Cary Grant, Ameila Earhart)

"The Eternal Library" by L. Penelope (fetauring: Zora Neale Hurston, the Queen of Sheba, Tituba)

"The Man Who Broke Time" by David Gerrold (featuring: Harlan Ellison, Dorothy Fontana, David Gerrold)

"Punching Muses" by S.W. Sondheimer (featuring: Frida Kahlo, Kusama Yayoi, Sappho, Oscar Wilde)

"Wednesday Night at the End Times Tavern" by James A. Moore (featuring: Cotton Mather, Robert E. Howard, Prince Radu of Wallachia)

"A Christmas Prelude" by Peter David (featuring: Ali Baba, Don Quixote, Mephistopheles)

"Cornwallis's Gift" by Heather McKinney (featuring: Elizabeth Bathory, Michael Jackson, George Washington)

"What You Can Become Tomorrow" by Keith R.A. DeCandido (featuring: Josh Gibson, Katherine Johnson, Mary Shelley)

"Nostradamus's Angels" by Hildy Silverman (featuring: Marie Antoinette, Marie Curie, Mary Todd Lincoln)

"The Last Act at the Time Cabaret" by Adam-Troy Castro (featuring: Lansford Hastings, Joseph Pujol, Billie Ritchie)

"Never Meet Your Heroes" by Eric Avedissian (featuring: Blackbeard, John Dillinger, Jesse James)

"The Adventure of the Confounded Writer" by Jonathan Maberry (featuring: Arthur Conan Doyle, Ed McBain, H.G. Wells)
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"Highly entertaining" and "thoroughly readable." Specific mentions of Gail Martin’s “The Mystic Lamb,” Peter David’s “A Christmas Prelude,” Jonathan Maberry’s “The Adventure of the Confounded Writer,” and “one writer—no spoilers here—gives a younger version of himself a chance to alter history after meeting two of his mentors and the version of himself who has lived through our history—a tour de force of time-travel twists and turns.” —Peter Heck, Asimov's Science Fiction


True Review reviews several of the stories in the book, and says Peter David's "A Christmas Prelude" is his favorite.

THREE TIME TRAVELERS WALK INTO... edited by Michael A. Ventrella

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