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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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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. ( )
  annbury | Sep 28, 2010 |
This is one of Harry Harrison's better books. The plot is that a scientist needs funding to develop a time machine, and links up with a movie producer. And it takes off from there. The producer uses the time machine to make the ultimate movie with hilarious results. Harry Harrison has a humorous way to present reasonable events in this bizarre story. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Jan 27, 2010 |
This book tells what happens when a cheapskate film producer, aiming to save both time and money, acquires a time machine with the intention of filming the discovery of America by the Vikings in AD 1000, with truly authentic settings, props and extras. But when Erik the Red fails to turn up, the film-makers have to compromise - with hilarious results!

I particularly liked the fact that Harrison made his mad scientist Yugoslavian instead of merely pantomime Middle European, partly because it made a refreshing change, but mainly because the scientist names his time machine the vremeatron (from the Serbo-Croat), thus teaching me the Slavic root word for 'time'.

The 1976 Orbit UK paperback cover title omits the word 'The'; and this is probably the only time I have ever seen a title page of a novel with a trademark usage acknowledgement. ( )
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