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Time's Fool, and Other Stories

Carrington, Grant

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ISBN 10: 0984955895 / ISBN 13: 9780984955893
Published by Variations on a Theme, 2013
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Title: Time's Fool, and Other Stories

Publisher: Variations on a Theme

Publication Date: 2013

Book Condition:Good

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I have the whole universe as my theatre now.

Time's Fool, and accompanying stories, Annapolis Town, Stella Blue, On the Deck of the Starship, and The Worm Beneath the Skull, introduce a world where complex melodies set the score for lives and loves meeting through time.

Through a world of ordered wealth, to the underworld where raw, free talent reigned, Garcia sought what was missing in his life. Master musician, at the top of his art, will an offer to make him immortal fill the void in his existence and his music?

Travel with the Timedippers and the Immortals from the present to the far-distant future in this lyrical story arc that asks the price of life.

Time's Fool:

The city was now clearly visible all around them, a panoramic view. All the strings of light seemed to converge on this building, like spokes in a wheel, although Garcia knew it was only an illusion, like the illusion that the Earth was the center of the universe. Across the spokes, other rays of light crossed and recrossed, moving out in waves of light from the building to the distant horizon, until they disappeared in the distance. The jewels of the city glowed and glittered all around them.

If his heart was pounding now, it was not in fear but in exultation. He was alive, come what may, come death and extinction, as surely it must. You can t go back, he thought, and you can t stand still. He had to go forward or he would surely die. That was where his strength, and his art lay, in the constant fight against Death, spitting in its very face, not in conquering it and then living in a fearful immortality. So he would die. So what? In the meantime, he would live life to its fullest, not cringing before time.

Annapolis Town sets the stage for a story arc covering centuries and light years with a simple, lovely tale of music, love, and the dangers of manipulating time. Placed in 1970's Annapolis, Annapolis Town introduces Timedippers, and the musical innovations that carry through the future.

Stella Blue pick up the tale an unknown time into the future, where a divided society grasps for life and feeling in a world where the wealthy grasp after the richness of emotion in the songs of the underclasses. Young Garcia finds his musical voice in tragedy.

Time's Fool, originally published as a stand-alone novel, is Garcia's tale of the temptations of time, and immortality. With music his life, would too much future to look forward to blunt his art?

On the Deck of the Starship takes the tale of Timedippers and musicians to the stars, as Philip Steinbrunner, Garcia's lighting technician, answers questions of life, love, and time in a haunting tale of the price and power of love.

The Worm Beneath the Skull wraps up the Time's Fool tales at the far rim of human space. Struggling to choose between freedom & life, young musician Madeira finds voice through the music and lessons of those who came before, learning what the famed Garcia meant when he said, "Without the worm, there is no rose."

More tales of the Timedippers will appear in Grant Carrington's upcoming story collection, Annapolis to Andromeda.

In 2014, Grant Carrington returns to the Time's Fool world with new novel, Down in the Barraque.

About the Author:

Born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1938, the middle child of Alfred and Margaret Carrington, Grant Carrington grew up in the suburban town of North Haven, graduating from North Haven High in 1956, getting bachelors and masters degrees in math from NYU and the University of Florida respectively. He has worked as a computer programmer for Goddard Space Flight Center, the University of Florida, the Naval Telecommunications Command, Savannah River Ecology Lab, Westinghouse Corporation, and the Treasury Department of the United States, from which he retired in 2004.

Grant Carrington has published one novel, Time s Fool, soon to be republished by Variations on a Theme, plus about 40 short stories in science fiction, literary, and men s magazines, three songs, numerous book & record reviews, several articles, and even a short-lived column, as well as having five plays produced in Baltimore. His CDs, Songs Without Wisdom and Ancient Laughter, are available at CDBaby.

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