Once there was a traveling salesman, a Man Who Traveled in Elephants.
For years he traveled with his beloved wife. Now he travels alone, and all the Carnivals and Festivals and State Fairs are blending together. Join John Watts for one final journey – a magical bus trip to a fantastical fair that is literally larger than life.
Legendary writer Harlan Ellison stars as the mysterious Ringmaster in this touching dramatization of the dean of American Science Fiction’s most Bradburyesque fantasy.
Also featuring an introduction by Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
Steven Silk has a bit of a dilemma on his hands. He’s a junior diplomat with the Solar League and he’s got a new job. He’s being sent to Capella IV, or as it’s colloquially known, “New Texas,” as the new ambassador, what with the previous ambassador having been assassinated, and he’s got quite the to-do list. First, find out who assassinated poor Cyrus Cumshaw, second, express to the local government that the Solar League finds the situation totally unacceptable, and third, convince the New Texans that they need a treaty with the Solar League. Oh, and there’s also a little matter of a potential invasion by the alien Z’Srauff. Can Silk unravel the mystery of Cyrus Cumshaw’s assassination? Can he stave off the Z’Srauff? Can he, in fact, find his way around New Texas at all, even with the help of the lovely Gail Pepperdine?
A re-thinking of the archetypal time travel story!
Time machines are uncomplicated things. In hundreds of science fiction stories they have slipped defiantly into the past or slid silently into the future. You know where you are with a time machine. They go forward. They go back. Unless you get caught in a loop.
Then you have a problem. Then you’re repeating the same day over and over again. But you’re a resourceful kind of guy, you figure out a way to break the loop. It’s going to take a little time, but you figure time is the one thing you can afford to lose. Then you discover time machines don’t always go forward and back.