Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Samuel Mines' "Find the Sculptor" (short story, time travel, free): A time travel paradox

Illustration accompanying the short story Find the Sculptor by Samuel Mines in 1953 anthology Wonder Story Annual, Vol 2 No 1, edited by Samuel MinesFor me, the only thing that made this rather ordinary story noticeable was that it's the oldest story I've seen so far that discusses the idea that time travelers need to account for earth's movement through space too. Another more recent story that is actually built around this idea is Gavin Raine's "The Time Traveler" (2008).

Story summary.

Professor Marc Conrad who's a hero in future travels there & brings back a very old bronze statue of his own head in a park there as proof he traveled there, but dies in the process.

Six months from original time, there is the brand new monument with bronze head. But the the bronze head they've put there is the one he'd brought back from future! Who then created the head? Where is the sculptor?

Collected in.

  1. Samuel Mines (ed)'s "Wonder Story Annual, Vol 2 No 1 (1953 Edition)".

Fact sheet.

First published: Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spring 1946.
Download full text as part of a larger package.
Rating: B.
Related: Time travel fiction.