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Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison

Technicolor Time Machine (original 1967; edition 1986)

by Harry Harrison

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Title:Technicolor Time Machine
Authors:Harry Harrison
Info:Orbit (1986), Paperback
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Tags:science fiction

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The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison (1967)



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Always looking for another time travel book to read. Pure curiosity lead to this one. However, the author writes in a folksy style that you have to get used to. Unfortunately, the book did not hold my attention so after about 40 pages, I opted to stop and return at some time in the future to start over again when I can better focus on it. I guess that I should have expected this based on the content of Harry Harrison's other books (i.e. The Stainless Steel Rat). ( )
  usma83 | Aug 4, 2016 |
This has to be one of the best time travel stories ever. The other reviews have laid out the plot quite well, so I won't repeat that. This book is just plain fun. It's a quick read, but you'll want to reread it again and again. It's that fun.
  speaker43 | Apr 5, 2016 |
A fun and classic science fiction book. A small move studio director chances on a scientist who has just invented time travel, and he uses the contraption to put a movie crew back 1000 years to film the discovery of America by the vikings. Whimsey, humor and character development are hallmarks of Harry Harrison, and this book is full of dry humor as the director uses the time machine to send the screen writer off to Catalina Island for an entire year during the Cambrian to write the screen play, and to have him arrive back later in one afternoon of elapsed time. The movie films the viking ship leaving the Orkney Islands for America one afternoon, and then only a few hours later in elapsed time, has the film crew ready to film the arrival when the ship appears several months later in real time. Time conundrums, anomalies and tricks add up, and are mostly explained. A good book for a sunny afternoon or a rainy day. And it is fun to see how the time quickly passes while reading this book. ( )
  hadden | May 24, 2015 |
Hilarious story, even if the main character is slightly annoying.
  pdow | Nov 11, 2013 |
In my view, this qualifies as a little known sci-fi classic, but then I also regard "Airplane" as one of the 10 great movies of all time, so adjust the four and half stars accordingly. Harrison's story, written in 1967, features movie director Barney Hendrickson, whose career is foundering and whose studio seems doomed. But -- Barney discovers a mad scientist who can send a whole film crew into the past, where (as Barney's boss points out) movies could be made really cheaply. So off go Barney and his film crew, to the 11th century to film "Viking Columbus", based on the founding of the Vinland settlement. Plot complications abound. So do time paradoxes -- for example, one of the historical sources on Vinland is the Saga of the Greenlandsers, featuring one Bjarni Herjolfsson. And so do insights (well, observations) on the movie business. It's all very, very funny. ( )
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Harry Harrisonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Achilleos, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shaw, BarclayCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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