The Time It Happened, edited by Juliana Rew
is the eleventh anthology by Third FlatIron Press, this one focusing on the idea of time, history and continuity being skewed on critical moments, reshaped according to the whims of a mostly uncaring universe.
Like the previous themed anthologies by Third FlatIron, this one has a particularly solid footing on its theme, with each story presenting a different facet of the fallout after a particularly nasty break in the time-stream. While most of the stories deal with the aftermath of major historic events being bent out of shape (with the flagship story, False Footfall, being by far the most entertaining of the bunch), a few others deal with the particulars of historic artifacts or habits becoming twisted or haunted by the weight of history behind them. It’s a short anthology, counting at 76 pages total, but none of the stories ever feel out of place and in fact work very well with each other.
The cover work conveys the theme perfectly, even if the art style leaves something to be desired. The interior artwork also tends to feel a bit awkward at times, with some of the chosen pieces not quite working with the stories they are supposed to represent.
If the idea of an anthology of largely humorous pieces dealing with everything that could go wrong with our continuum, all wrapped together in a budget price sounds like your cup of tea, then The Time It Happened is going to suit you just right.