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Times of Trouble

Past Master

By R. A. Lafferty  

16 May, 2021

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


R. A. Lafferty’s 1968 Past Master is a standalone science fiction novel.

The planet of Astrobe was planned as a utopia, but it is collapsing into lethal civil discord. Determined to preserve their vision, the triumvirate who regard themselves as Astrobe’s governing committee — rich Cosmos Kingmaker, lucky Peter Proctor, and smart Fabian Foreman — do what any concerned person might do in their place: they resort to time-travel to yank a great man out of history to deal with Astrobe’s problems.

And which historic figure has the unique combination of virtues needed to manage the crisis? None other than Thomas More.

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