The Dechronization of Sam Magruder: A Novel

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 1997 - Fiction - 160 pages
This lost novella by the century's most renowned paleontologist has been called the greatest time-travel story in more than one hundred years.

Vanishing from Earth on February 30, 2162, while working on a problem of quantum theory, research chronologist Sam Magruder is thrown back 80 million years in time. Endowed with the intelligence of a twenty-second-century man, Magruder struggles to survive, feeding on scrambled turtle eggs and diligently recording his observations on a stone-slab diary, even as menacing tyrannosaurus try to gnaw off his limbs.

Filled with magnificent descriptions of the dinosaurs as only Simpson himself could render them, The Dechronization of Sam Magruder is not only a classic time-travel tale but a philosophical work that astutely ponders the complexities of human existence and achievement.

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The book was discovered by Joan Simpson Burns, the author's daughter, after his death. She arranged to have it published with an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke, an afterword by Stephen Jay Gould ... Read full review

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I have no idea how I came across this book, it's not one you see hanging around the bookshop much. But however I found it, I'm really glad I did. I love time travel stories and this was a good one ... Read full review

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The Dechronization of Sam Magruder
The Truth of Fiction An Exegesis of G G Simpsons Dinosaur Fantasy by Stephen Jay Gould
A Memoir by Joan Simpson Burns
About the Authors
A Note About the Dinosaur Names Used in This Book

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George Gaylord Simpson, widely regarded as the greatest vertebrate paleontologist of the twentieth century, was a professor at Harvard University. He died in 1984.

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