P Schuyler Miller's "The Sands of Time" (novella, time travel + first contact): Yet another "aliens visited prehistoric earth" story
I suppose inclusion in "Adventures in Time & Space" makes it among the more widely read stories of the genre, & it might well have been original when first published. But it now reads as a much told one.
Story summary.There are really two stories here:
- A young man travels back to dinosaur era, & brings back souvenirs to prove it. He even buries a lead box containing radium in that period so someone can dig it out today as ultimate proof of his visit!
- Aliens visited prehistoric earth. In this case, two groups of aliens fighting each other - one with white skin, other with dark (I cannot be the only one seeing US racial issues here?) Former includes a "girl". Our time traveler made contact with them, perhaps fell in love with the "girl", certainly fought on her side!
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding, April 1937.
Related: Stories of P Schuyler Miller.