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In November 1809, an Englishman named Benjamin Bathurst vanished, inexplicably and utterly. He was en route to Hamburg from Vienna, where he had been serving as his government's envoy to the court of what Napoleon had left of the Austrian Empire. At an inn in Perleburg. in Prussia, while examining a change of horses for his coach, he casually stepped out of sight of his seIn November 1809, an Englishman named Benjamin Bathurst vanished, inexplicably and utterly. He was en route to Hamburg from Vienna, where he had been serving as his government's envoy to the court of what Napoleon had left of the Austrian Empire. At an inn in Perleburg. in Prussia, while examining a change of horses for his coach, he casually stepped out of sight of his secretary and his valet. He was not seen to leave the inn yard. He was not seen again, ever. At least, not in this continuum ......

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  • Richard Derus
    2018-11-15 03:03

    Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: In November 1809, an Englishman named Benjamin Bathurst vanished, inexplicably and utterly. He was en route to Hamburg from Vienna, where he had been serving as his government's envoy to the court of what Napoleon had left of the Austrian Empire. At an inn in Perleburg. in Prussia, while examining a change of horses for his coach, he casually stepped out of sight of his secretary and his valet. He was not seen to leave the inn yard. He was not seen again, ever. At least, not in this continuum...My Review: A fun introduction to Piper's large series of stories about the Martian colonization of Earth. He posits that Homo sapiens is, in fact, the remnant of an ancient Martian exodus from a used-up and cooling planet. Since, in 1948, the mere notion of sequencing the human genome wasn't so much as a glimmer in Science's eye yet, this would fly...but of course that day is done, what with the discoveries of just how interconnected we humans are with all life on Earth, and how very, very much less complex our own genome is compared with that of the average plant.But in 1948 the notion that we, an order of magnitude more sophisticated than our vanished and presumed to have done so without a trace relatives the Neanderthals, were alien colonists and they were the inferior Terrestrial attempt to match us, would have appeal. It was the year that George Wallace the elder ran for president on a racist "State's Rights" ticket, and the year that *shudder* Strom Thurmond was first returned to the Senate. Notably, all the people in the Paratime stories are white. Hmmm.This story is told from the multiple points of view of the befuddled local-time-line officials who have to deal with a seemingly mad yet clearly genuine British diplomat bearing the most outrageously, insanely off-kilter credentials and spouting arrant nonsense with evident sincerity and admirable consistency and aplomb. It's a clear case of "not on MY desk" as Bathurst (whose local timeline self is away in the Crown Colony of Georgia) is passed higher and higher up the food chain. No matter how high he gets, the incumbent bureaucrat wants the terrifying responsibility for deciding what to do with the poor man to reside higher still.In the end, poor Bathurst is confronted by Prussian madness doctors (chilling thought, isn't it?) with clear evidence...local newspapers...that his world is a delusion. Psychic crisis much? The ending is, in and of itself, a bit unfair; but as the story sequence moves on, it's clear in hindsight what actually occurred. Flawed considered in itself, in the Paratime context, with its explicit laws about protecting the Paratime Secret of interdimensional travel, the story sets up a fun and often funny set of romps through all the possibilities of human history.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  • Debbie Zapata
    2018-12-06 05:13

    This story from the pages of Astounding Science Fiction (April 1948) was a quick side trip I discovered while browsing at ReadAny.com. I know the idea of alternate histories has become quite popular these days and it was interesting to me to see a story with this publication date with the same theme. I wonder how we would react to suddenly being in an alternate universe....one where our realities, our frames of reference, are twisted just enough to change everything about who we are. Would we react the same way as Benjamin Bathurst did in this tale when he learned the truth of his situation? Or would we perhaps be able to adapt...or is that even possible....would we be able to survive in an alternate reality? I guess that is the unanswerable time travel conundrum, and fuel for many more astounding stories. This was an introduction to Piper for me, but there are quite a few titles at the site and I will be plowing through them soon, I am sure.

  • Patricia
    2018-11-15 02:10

    First story I have ever read by this author. Very intriguing. Will not be the last book I read by him.

  • Mary Catelli
    2018-12-06 03:57

    an intriguing little tale hypothesizing a solution to a historical mystery about a disappearance and having some fun with alternate history.Note: the mystery it "solves" is somewhat less mysterious than it would appear, since the description given in the tale understates the time between when he was last seen, and when he was mysteriously gone -- and there were a lot of criminals about. Still fun.

  • Lindsay
    2018-12-05 04:17

    I know this was a short story, but it just didn't really go anywhere.

  • Dione Basseri
    2018-12-10 05:55

    A pretty interesting take on parallel dimensions and alternate histories. A British Diplomat is suddenly swept from our timeline into some parallel one, quickly becoming convinced he has merely been robbed. While in police custody, the authorities realize that he isn't aware of a few important facts: Napoleon isn't the Emperor of France and the United States Revolution failed spectacularly.After seeing so many sci-fi stories where the protagonist goes to a world where Hitler never rose to power, it was amusing to see a nineteenth century equivalent. I'm actually a bit disappointed this doesn't continue. It's not too verbose, and the possibilities are large enough to really get readers thinking.This story is in the public domain. I listened to an audio production from Librivox.

  • Herman Gigglethorpe
    2018-11-21 01:22

    This is a nice alternate history story about the disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst, a real British diplomat from the Napoleonic era. Instead of disappearing, he accidentally traveled to another timeline where the American Revolution failed due to the lack of Louis XVI's support. Benjamin is seen as a raving lunatic, yet has compelling documents from his own timeline. He is shot after trying to flee the Prussian compound where he was held.This is different from the other Paratime stories in that none of the First Level characters are involved, and the narrative voice is changed to suit the early nineteenth century.

  • Ralph McEwen
    2018-12-03 04:02

    I enjoyed listening to this tale told in an epistolary style. The story seem to reflect a realistic description of the reports that would follow an event of this nature. The narrators voice is clear and easy to listen to. She is a good story teller, with experience. She has participated in 14 works in Librivox.The recording quality is clear (no background noise), it has plenty of volume and the editing technique is seamless.

  • Charles
    2018-12-01 03:09

    This is an interesting Alternate History short story. Kind of funny and has its moments. This is a story of a man from our world going into a parallel version of ours where Napoleon Bonaparte did not start a revolution. More than that would ruin the story, but definitely worth a bit of reading on this one. Not a real ending though, so I feel that this was more of an idea that sprouted but never got its full wings to fly.

  • Kevin Wright
    2018-11-28 00:22

    Great idea, so-so execution. It's a great idea for a short story but this feels like Piper still finding his way. Recommended but not essential.

  • Mckinley
    2018-12-06 23:14

    Revisionist history story.

  • Jim
    2018-12-01 06:19

    The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge.

  • Olle Jonsson
    2018-12-06 03:07

    Interesting to read something that reads so very much like a role-playing game sketch.

  • Sean Brennan
    2018-11-28 01:15

    Really liked this story of the old adage right time-wrong place, the first of the paratime stories.