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Old 20 February 2013, 09:37 PM
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On another board someone's trying to remember the title of a story that I know I've read, but I'm drawing a blank.

It's science-fiction; a man from the present has time-traveled to the 1800s and is stuck there. To earn some money, he writes a book about his own time and tries to sell it as a "future romance" (sf, in other words). He gets an interview with the editor, who goes through all the things his story predicts: autos, airliners, rockets, electric lights, yada yada. Then the editor rejects the story.

He tells the author, "I could swallow all the crazy ideas, but the story is not believable. You see, your characters just seem to take all this for granted!"

Ring any bells?
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Old 20 February 2013, 09:49 PM
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I think this might be a short story from Jack Finney's "The Third Level" collection of time travel stories which I know I have an old dog eared paper back copy of floating around somewhere.
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Old 20 February 2013, 09:50 PM
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It sounds very Twilight Zone to me, except maybe lacking in dramatic tension. If it was a TZ episode, going through episode descriptions might turn it up and the source story. I guess there were some imitators of TZ as well, and should be checked, although those tended to either be more monsterish or noir than this story would be.
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Old 20 February 2013, 09:56 PM
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Thanks, Mack, but I'm fairly sure I read it in a science fiction magazine in the late fifties or early sixties--which doesn't necessarily mean that the MAGAZINE was from that period, because the library had a huge collection of bound pulp magazines going back to the thirties.
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Old 20 February 2013, 09:57 PM
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I wonder if I might use this to recall the name of a Sci-Fi series.

The first book begins with a group of people, male and female, who have been genetically engineered with certain traits of sea creatures. They have been sent to a super-deep sea mining camp, wherein they begin to explore both who they were, what they are now, and some very deep and dangerous mysteries about themselves.

It's a trilogy, recent (as in 1990s or later), and was authored by a male.
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Old 20 February 2013, 10:15 PM
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Was that Peter Watts's "Rifters" series? I think it starts with Starfish. Maelstrom and Behemoth were the other two.

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Old 20 February 2013, 10:21 PM
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The Windup Girl or The Council Wars?
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Old 20 February 2013, 11:11 PM
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I was wondering about an SF story of perhaps the same time as the OP (called "Who's Cribbing" by Jack Lewis) and came across this interesting site that may or may not be of any help.
http://www.nesfa.org/Recursion/index.htm

Well, maybe not since there's no recursion in the OP really... never mind!
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Old 21 February 2013, 02:21 AM
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It's not The Wind Up Girl. No sea mutations in that.
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Old 21 February 2013, 03:43 AM
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Was that Peter Watts's "Rifters" series? I think it starts with Starfish. Maelstrom and Behemoth were the other two.
YESSS! I figured you would know! Thanks. For some reason, the only thing I could think of was Leviathan, when it was Behemoth I should have been able to remember.
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Old 21 February 2013, 04:02 AM
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Brad, I think your OP story may be Richard Deming's "The Shape of Things That Came".
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Old 21 February 2013, 11:56 AM
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And I think you may be right! Thanks!

ETA: You are spot-on. I had some details wrong, but that's the story, and it came out in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in October, 1951, so I must have read it years later in an anthology, me being so young and all.....I'll e-mail the guy who was agonizing over the title and author. Thanks!

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I was wondering about an SF story of perhaps the same time as the OP (called "Who's Cribbing" by Jack Lewis) and came across this interesting site that may or may not be of any help.
http://www.nesfa.org/Recursion/index.htm

Well, maybe not since there's no recursion in the OP really... never mind!
As I was Googling the OP's book, I found that the book IS at this site:

Deming, Richard, "The Shape of Things That Came"

George Blade uses his uncle Dr. Ezekiel Herkimer's invention the time-nightshirt to travel from 1900 to 1950. He reports his adventures in the form of a love story The Time-Nightshirt to his editor, Thomas Grayson. Grayson rejects it because of its implausibility—he cannot believe the inhabitants of 1950 would take a world of marvels for granted.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 2:5 October 1951 (pp.18-23)

http://www.nesfa.org/Recursion/recursive_D.htm
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