When Capar Last, the genius, wants to go somewhere he simply calls up his time-machine. For such a story, the BEGINNING is hard to define - as one flips forward or back with ease.
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Used availability for John Crowley's The Great Work of Time
July 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Great Work of Time
Author(s): John Crowley
Availability: Amazon UK