| || “Unto the Fourth Generation” |
by Isaac Asimov
First publication: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Apr 1959
During an ordinary day of business, Sam Marten is obsessivly drawn to different men named Levkowich, each with a different spelling.
When I began putting together this Big List in 2005, I started with all the Asimov time travel stories that I could remember. Somehow I forgot about this story which I first read in 1973 in Nightfall and Other Stories. But then, while scouring the 1950s back issues of F&SF for more obscure stories, there it was: Sam Marten’s great, great grandfather brought from his deathbed to meet Sam, and there, also, was a moment of time travel for Sam himself.
Two new sentences were added at the end of the original story for the reprinting in Asimov’s collection, so I thought it would be appropriate to quote those new sentences here:
Yet somehow he knew that all would be well with him. Somehow, as never before, he knew.