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The Legion of Time is a collection of two science fiction novels by the American writer Jack Williamson. It was first published by Fantasy Press in 1952 in an edition of 4,604 copies. The novels were originally serialized in the magazines Astounding Science Fiction and Marvel Stories.

The Legion of Time
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
AuthorJack Williamson
Cover artistRichard Angerman
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherFantasy Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

Despite the title Legion of Time, the stories do not in fact feature a body with such a name. The title may have been bestowed in an effort to emulate the success of Williamson's earlier "Legion of Space" series. The title story was originally announced as "The Legion of Probability".[1]



  • The Legion of Time
  • After World's End


Boucher and McComas praised the title story for its "fine swashbuckling and much ingenious speculation", but found the other stories far inferior.[2]Aldiss and Wingrove, comparing The Legion of Time to a fairy tale, declared that "its plot, while being philosophically meaningless, is a delight."[3]

In 2014, the novel was nominated for a Retro-Hugo Award.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "In Times To Come", Astounding Science Fiction, April 1938, p.4
  2. ^ "Recommended Reading," F&SF, April 1953, p.98
  3. ^ Aldiss & Wingrove, Trillion Year Spree, Victor Gollancz, 1986, p.262
  4. ^ 1939 Retro Hugo Awards, at; retrieved July 31, 2014


  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 238.
  • Tuck, Donald H. (1978). The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Chicago: Advent. p. 462. ISBN 0-911682-22-8.