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"Hatching Season"  
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Author Harry Turtledove, as Eric G. Iverson
First Appearance Analog Magazine
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publication date December, 1985

"Hatching Season" is a time travel science fiction short story by Harry Turtledove (writing as Eric Iverson), Analog 12/85, reprinted in Dinosaurs!, edited by Jack Dann, Ace 1990, and Dinosaurs, edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Niagara, 1996.

Focusing on time-traveling paleontologist Paula Shaffer and her field study of hadrosaur hatching season in the Cretaceous Period. After imprinting herself on a newly hatched hadrosaur, Paula finds herself running for her life from predatory gorgosaurs. After a harrowing night lost in the woods, Paula and her hadrosaur are able to make their way back to the hatching grounds, and Paula returns home.

Literary Critique

"Hatching Season" is an entertaining, if conventional, story, featuring a thrilling chase while engaging (very lightly) some of the theories about dinosaur and dinosaur behavior.

See also

  • "Lure," another story about using time travel for paleontology. Turtledove has not specified whether the stories are connected.
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