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Old 12-15-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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Help needed to find 2 old books on ancient rome

I remember a mention of two books in the early '70s.

BOOK 1 - Man goes back to ancient rome, knows about medicine and science.
People live longer, Rome prospers and grows bigger.

Book 2 -A man is sent back in time by an overpopulated earth to kill the first before he can transform the Roman empire.

Anyone know the titles?
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:13 AM   #2
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No... but I certainly be watching this thread for answers.
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I've never heard about these books but I'd love to learn more about them.

You might want to see "time travel/alternate universe" section of these two Wikipedia entries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiction...e_Roman_empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiction...n_ancient_Rome
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:17 AM   #4
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The one with the assassin is "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass" by Frederick Pohl. It was written as a response to L. Sprague deCamp's Lest Darkness Fall.

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:25 AM   #5
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Yes, book 1 certainly sounds like "Lest Darkness Fall" to me. A true SF classic.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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Actually, isn't that just one book?

"The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass"

The wikipedia article on "Lest Darkenss Falls" states:

"A response to this story is "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass" by Frederick Pohl, in which a man travels back to 1 BCE and teaches modern medicine, causing a population explosion. It ends with the fantastically overpopulated alternate timeline sending someone back to assassinate the title character, allowing darkness to fall for thankful billions."
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Thanks, those sound like great books!
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the help

"The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass" is contained is several compilations.

None are in ebook format.

"Time Travelers: Fiction in the Fourth Dimension" is in me local library. So I'm off to get it.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:35 PM   #9
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Went to the paper library

I found "The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass".

Very short, 3 - 4 pages. To know that it exists is enough to enjoy the thought.

Very tongue in cheek.

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