Author: Robert Silverberg
Book: Thebes of the Hundred Gates
Published: February 2013 (Originally published 1991)
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
Genre: Science Fiction
Edward Davies is a rookie of the Time Service. He has made several training-jumps up to 600 years in the past. Now is he jumping 3500 years, to ancient Egypt of 1500 BC: Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt. His mission is to find two fellow agents who have gone missing. The problem is, they don’t want to be rescued.
Thebes of the Hundred Gates is a novella by famed science fiction writer Robert Silverberg. Normally, I am not a fan of time travel, but this one is very well handled. Edward Davies travels back to rescue two people who missed their jump. They were preparing to go to ancient Rome. They arrived at the wrong time and wrong place. However, Edward arrives fifteen years after they did. Now, they’ve made comfortable lives for themselves. As an archaeologist, I appreciate the sensory detail Robert Silverberg goes into.