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Nine Men in Time   By: (1905-1969)

Nine Men in Time by Noel Miller Loomis

Nine Men in Time by Noel Miller Loomis is a gripping science fiction novel that takes readers on an exhilarating adventure through time and space. Loomis skillfully weaves together a complex plot that seamlessly combines elements of historical fiction and futuristic technology.

The story revolves around nine men who, through a series of mysterious circumstances, find themselves transported back in time to various pivotal moments in history. From the era of dinosaurs to ancient civilizations, World Wars, and even glimpses into a distant future, the time-traveling protagonists face countless challenges and must navigate treacherous situations.

What sets this novel apart is not only the imaginative concept of time travel but the author's meticulous attention to historical detail. Loomis thoroughly researches each time period, accurately depicting the customs, language, and overall atmosphere of the eras in which his characters find themselves. This level of authenticity adds depth and realism to the narrative, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the world created by the author.

Furthermore, Loomis skillfully develops each character, giving them unique personalities, motivations, and personal journeys. As they navigate through time, the protagonists are not only challenged by external forces but also forced to confront their inner demons. This adds emotional depth to the story, as readers become deeply invested in the characters' struggles and triumphs.

The pacing of the novel is superb, with Loomis keeping readers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire narrative. The action sequences are thrilling and well-executed, driving the plot forward and leaving readers hungry for more. Additionally, the author's prose is engaging and accessible, making the book an enjoyable read for science fiction enthusiasts of all ages.

While Nine Men in Time is undeniably a captivating and thought-provoking novel, it is not without its flaws. The vast number of characters can become overwhelming at times, making it challenging to fully connect with each individual. Additionally, some sections of the book tend to meander, slowing down the pace momentarily. However, these minor shortcomings do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

In conclusion, Nine Men in Time is an enthralling science fiction book that seamlessly combines time travel, historical fiction, and captivating characters. Noel Miller Loomis proves himself to be a skillful storyteller with a flair for blending imagination with meticulous research. Fans of science fiction and historical fiction alike will find this book to be a fascinating and satisfying read.

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Nine Men In Time


[Transcriber note: This etext was produced Science Fiction Stories 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: The idea of sending a man back in time to re do a job he's botched, so that a deadline can still be met added to the thought of duplicating a man so there'll be two doing the same work at the same time adds up to a production manager's dream. But any dream can suddenly shift into a nightmare.... ]


The receivers, two of them lawyers, had long faces when they sat down across from my desk in the office of the Imperial Printing Company.

"Frankly, Mr. Shane," said the older one, "it is a very grave question in our minds whether we should try to continue to operate the business or whether we should close the plant and liquidate the machinery and equipment the best we can."

I was stunned. "I don't understand," I said helplessly. "We've been doing a nice business and at a profit in the year I've been here." It was my first big job, and I wanted to make good. I thought I had made good, but here they were jerking the floor out from under me, and I couldn't make any sense out of it.

"Well," said one, "the business isn't showing the profit we expected... Continue reading book >>

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