The main character was a war veteran who had lost an arm and used a sword to strengthen his other arm. He is caught in a time probe from the far future and dragged forward. This future has already had WWIII and a couple of telepath wars. I think there were three books, but it may have been four.

  • Approximately when did you read it? Was it new then? – user56 Sep 9 '12 at 16:44
  • I'm pretty sure I first read this back in the early 80's. – Paul Fitch Sep 9 '12 at 19:19
  • I think I know the series, though I can't for the life of me find the details now. I read them in the early 1990s - there was a chap from the present day taken into the future by a country that had just discovered time travel, shortly before being invaded, and they were using time travel to go back in time and slow the invasion down. Does that sound at all familiar? – andrewsi Sep 12 '12 at 17:40
  • In the 1st book the main guy was dragged forward accidentially. He meets and falls in love with one of the scientists daughters (there are two). The future people produce or clone a new arm and hand for our main character. I think there are war concerns, as I remember there being "eternal" highways that were indestructable and being used by both sides to mobilize. I don't remember all the plot twists. – Paul Fitch Sep 15 '12 at 14:02

It could be "With Fate Conspire" by Mike Shupp, its the first book of the "Destiny Makers" series. There's 5 books in total, its been a long time since I read them but what youve described sounds familiar.

Destiny Makers

  1. With Fate Conspire (1985)
  2. Morning of Creation (1986)
  3. Soldier of Another Fortune (1988)
  4. Death's Gray Land (1991)
  5. The Last Reckoning (1991)


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  • I don't know if that's the book the OP was thinking of; but it's definitely the one I thought of. Thanks for the details - to the library! – andrewsi Oct 3 '13 at 19:00
  • '"eternal" highways that were indestructable and being used by both sides to mobilize' - that sounds like Death's Gray Land. I don't have my copy anymore, but Clive Warner's review on Goodreads is a good indication that this is a match. – Underverse Dec 27 '18 at 8:11

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