Prolific in his editing, Mr. Stern nonetheless manages to sustain a high standard of excellence in his research, and in the level of reading values. He produces well selected compilations which make a definite contribution in each field. Here, with emphasis on time, past, present and future, he gives us a collection of story tellers who provide entertainment in describing the many ways in which the fetters of time are broken. There are, naturally, pieces by H.G. Wells, Doyle, Machen, Coppard, Blackwood, Priestley; less obviously, he includes Thurber, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Stephens, Lady Eleanor Smith, Kipling, Maugham, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Fullerton Gerould. While The Time Machine, Enoach Soames and a few others are among the essentials, an unexpected, superior touch is given with such inclusions as A Friend to Alexander. The Rocking Horse Winner, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Phantas and others, 24 tales in which reality becomes strange and fantasy is disciplined to the basic theme. They should have appeal if the market is not overcrowded.