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Let s call it a 2.5 The hard bit about sci fi is that it so often is either deeply hard boiled or deeply self indulgent De Camp s collection of stories is thankfully in the former realm, but the ideal would be something a bit apart from either.It s the hard bit because good sci fi needs to ask what if The title story, as you might imagine, has this in spades the entire concept is about parallel existence, what would happen if something small was different in history More specifically, it t Let s call it a 2.5 The hard bit about sci fi is that it so often is either deeply hard boiled or deeply self indulgent De Camp s collection of stories is thankfully in the former realm, but the ideal would be something a bit apart from either.It s the hard bit because good sci fi needs to ask what if The title story, as you might imagine, has this in spades the entire concept is about parallel existence, what would happen if something small was different in history More specifically, it touches on what would occur if someone got unstuck from his own reality and began living as the men he would have been in alternate ones This roulette wheel approach leads to a fairly interesting set of events, mornings in surprising realities, long term vacations in the body of others De Camp wisely gives us a series of false starts before settling on an alternate world where our narrator is captive, allowing us to get into a long form story before the ever changing conceit gets tiring The issue, however, comes down to the solution The idea of the alternate universes, after all, needs to be explored in a story, and that story has our protagonist living a double life, ascending through politics in the new world, and generally taking the long, bureaucratic way around resolving his predicament It becomes amazing how dry the tale becomes And therein is the other hard bit of the hard boiled often, too much detail is given In The Merman, we go through every motion of a day when a man finds he can suddenly only breathe underwater, down to the specifics of breathing and the difficulties of eating lunch with a fairly absurd ending, to boot The Warrior Race tells of wars won by the slow decay of ideals, and The Best Laid Scheme imbuesaction in the turning of time travel watches than the chase occurring by their aid Detail added to create a level of realism often simply recreates the tedium of reality While The Wheels of If was where the highlights were, I think The Gnarly Man was likely the strongest story in the collection overall, with its evolutionary mystery, inevitable betrayal, and relatively minimal lawyer talk though sadly, a fairly one dimensional female lead Overall, though, this wasn t meant for me An entertaining collection of de Camp s best known short stories ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ☩ The Wheels of If ♵ Pocket Book soft cover