Lest Darkness Fall & Related Stories by the late L. Sprague de Camp is his vintage classic science fiction time travel novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Phoenix Pick Press.
This was originally published in 1941 by Henry Holt, and is a vintage classic of the science fiction field. This edition contains not only the highly influential original novel, but also follow-up short stories written over the years by the late SFWA Grandmaster Frederik Pohl and other authors, as well as an additional non-fiction piece by science fiction critics Alexei & Cory Panshin. The story revolves around a modern man who is transported back to the time of the late Roman Empire, and tries to use his knowledge of history and engineering to stave off its decline and hopefully prevent the Dark Ages.
Offered DRM-free through the month of September, available worldwide as directly from the publisher.
Free for a limited time until the end of September as their Free eBook of the Month selection @ the publisher’s special promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi available worldwide in return for your valid email address; follow the instructions to reset the price to $0.00 in the cart before checkout)
There’s also a discounted tie-in offer for the 5-book bundle of his non-sfnal standalone historical fiction novels set in Ancient Greece and Persia, for just $9.
Rarely do books have such a great influence on a genre as Lest Darkness Fall has had on science fiction. Frequently quoted as one of the “favorite” books of many of the masters of the field, this book by L. Sprague de Camp helped establish time-travel as a solid sub-genre of science fiction.
An indication of the influence and longevity of the book is the number of best-selling writers who have written stories in direct response to, or been influenced by, Lest Darkness Fall. This new volume includes three such stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake and S. M. Stirling written over a period of forty-three years—a testament to the timelessness of the book.
Similar, thematically, to Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the book tells the tale of Martin Padway who, as he is walking around in modern Rome, is suddenly transported though time to 6th Century Rome.
Once in ancient Rome, Padway (now Martinus Paduei, Quaestor), embarks on an ambitious project of single-handedly changing history.
L. Sprague de Camp was a student of history (and the author of a number of popular works on the subject). In Lest Darkness Fall he combines his extensive knowledge of the workings of ancient Rome with his extraordinary imagination to create one of the best books of time travel ever written.