Tyrant of Time

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The Tyrant of Time
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
Cover artist Ric Binkley
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Fantasy Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 255 pp
OCLC 1295464

The Tyrant of Time is a collection of science-fiction short stories by the American writer Lloyd Arthur Eshbach. It was first published by Fantasy Press in 1955 in an edition of 1,547 copies. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Science Fiction and Strange Stories.


  • "The Tyrant of Time"
  • "The Meteor Miners"
  • "Spaceways Incident"
  • "The Light from Beyond"
  • "The Place of Orchids"
  • "The City of Dread"
  • "Singing Blades"
  • "The Cauldron of Life"


Reviewer Groff Conklin panned the collection as "another of those stones that should have been left unturned," saying that "The ideas no longer have any originality and the style is an almost perfect example of the early days of science fiction."[1] Anthony Boucher agreed, declaring that "your opinion of Mr. Eshbach will remain higher if you fail to read [these] 9 unfortunate stories."[2] P. Schuyler Miller described the stories as typical of their period, "pretty fair ideas, but amateurishly handled."[3] Writing in The New York Times, Villiers Gerson found the stories to be standard 1930s fare, "one-dimensional and more concerned with the gimmick than with the characters."[4]


  1. ^ "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf", Galaxy Science Fiction, July 1955, p.93
  2. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, May 1955, pp.22.
  3. ^ Miller, P. Schuyler. "The Reference Library," Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1955, p.146.
  4. ^ "Spaceman's Realm", The New York Times Book Review, March 27, 1955, p.27