Extempore

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This article is about the short story by Damon Knight. For the Latin phrase, see Ex tempore.
"Extempore"
Author Damon Knight
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction short story
Published in Infinity Science Fiction
Publication type Periodical
Publisher Royal Publications Incorporated
Media type Print (Magazine, Hardback & Paperback)
Publication date August 1956

"Extempore" (alternate title "The Beach Where Time Began") is a science fiction short story written by Damon Knight. It first appeared in the August 1956 issue of Infinity Science Fiction and has been reprinted twice, in Far Out (1961) and The Best of Damon Knight (1976).[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Albert Rossi, a New York dishwasher, learns to travel through time. Once started, he continues at an accelerated pace, continuing until the end of time and then starting over. By an effort of will he manages to stop at a "scarlet beach with its golden laughing people". But he is now frozen in time forever and appears to the beachcombers as a rock-hard, immobile statue.

Background[edit]

About this story, Knight wrote [2]

Here is another of my time stories, put together out of bits and pieces of Far Rockaway, Milne, Einstein, etc. (I don't see why the speculations of modern physicists shouldn't be used as incantations.) I don't think "Extempore" is terribly probable, but see for yourself.

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