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October the First Is Too Late

(1966)
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Renowned scientist John Sinclair and his old school friend Richard, a celebrated composer, are enjoying a climbing expedition in the Scottish Highlands when Sinclair disappears without a trace for thirteen hours. When he resurfaces with no explanation for his disappearance, he has undergone an uncanny alteration: a birthmark on his back has vanished. But stranger events are yet to come: things are normal enough in Britain, but in France it's 1917 and World War I is raging, Greece is in the Golden Age of Pericles, America seems to have reverted to the 18th century, and Russia and China are thousands of years in the future.

Against this macabre backdrop of coexisting time spheres, the two young men risk their lives to unravel the truth. But truth is in the mind of the beholder, and who is to say which of these timelines is the 'real' one? In October the First Is Too Late (1966), world-famous astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle (1915-2001) explores fascinating concepts of time and consciousness in the form of a thrilling science fiction adventure that ranks among his very best.

'Fred Hoyle is the John Buchan of science fiction. His fantasies are not only rooted in scientific possibility but are told at a galloping pace.' - Julian Jebb, Sunday Times

'Fine storytelling.' - Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: October the First is Too Late
Author(s): Sir Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 0-7066-0863-1 / 978-0-7066-0863-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Remploy
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June 1966 : USA Hardback
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Title: October the First is Too Late
Author(s): Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 0-06-002845-9 / 978-0-06-002845-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper collins
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April 1966 : UK Hardback
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Title: October the First is Too Late
Author(s): Sir Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 0-434-34921-6 / 978-0-434-34921-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: October the First Is Too Late (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 1-943910-10-3 / 978-1-943910-10-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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February 1985 : USA Paperback
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Title: October the First Is Too Late
Author(s): Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 0-671-55943-5 / 978-0-671-55943-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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January 1971 : UK Paperback
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Title: October the First is Too Late (Science fiction)
Author(s): Sir Fred Hoyle
ISBN: 0-14-002886-2 / 978-0-14-002886-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: October the First Is Too Late (Fred Hoyle's World of Science Fiction)
Author(s): Fred Hoyle
Publisher: Gateway
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November 2015 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: October the First Is Too Late (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)
Author(s): Fred Hoyle
Publisher: Valancourt Books
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