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There Will Be Time (Signet SF, Q5401) (original 1973; edition 1973)

by Poul Anderson

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Title:There Will Be Time (Signet SF, Q5401)
Authors:Poul Anderson
Info:New American Library (1973), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback
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There Will Be Time by Poul Anderson (1973)



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One of those classic 'short' pulp novels - why not give it a shot?

From 1972. Anderson makes a sincere effort to overcome how chauvinistically (gender and race) he was raised, his era, but doesn't quite make it. The book is ostensibly Time Travel, but is mostly ideas. By no means is is a romp. I kinda enjoyed it, kinda found it depressing. I do see some librarian here says this is a prequel to some sort of series; I'll investigate, but probably not follow through. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Um tema interessante mas com uma escrita mortalmente aborrecida ( )
  bruc79 | Jul 31, 2015 |
Substance: Time traveling man encounters moral quandaries and epistemological queries. Source of powers is inherent & mental/physical; other adepts exist; origin left to a question in the final chapters. Love and death, and the complexities of keeping up with where and when one exists, not all of which are consistently handled. Moderate 29th-century "liberal" world-view, balanced by libertarian action.
Style: Standard 1970s prose, nothing earth-shakingly brilliant or even wildly original. Servicable work. I didn't care for the artifices used in narrating the story, which became confusing. ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 29, 2014 |

I had read this as a teenager, and was very interested to find out how it stood up on rereading. It remains rather good - the protagonist is a mid-century American kid with the innate gift of time-travel, which he controls rather better than the husband in The Time-Traveller's Wife. There's a lot of politics here, as a white supremacist time-traveller tries to set up a racist principality at the end of time; can he be stopped, given that time appears to be immutably set in its tracks?

This was also the book from which I learned about the Fourth Crusade; somehow I simply hadn't heard of it before, and Anderson's portrayal of the brutal rupture of Christendom was a vivid historical eye-opener. All the good bits were as good as I remembered, and the bits I didn't remember were not bad at all. ( )
1 vote nwhyte | Dec 7, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Poul Andersonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Grant, MelvynCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyers, DuaneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tadeusz MarkowskiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thelle, ThorsteinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Be at ease. I'm not about to pretend this story is true. (Foreword)
The beginning shapes the end, but I can say almost nothing of Jack Havig's origins, despite the fact that I brought him into the world.
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Soon after his birth in 1933, Jack Havig's parents experienced the first of many frightening incidents associated with their son. One day he seemed to appear double, disappear and then reappear before his terrified mother's eyes. When he was older, his parents were disturbed to hear him telling wild stories about visits to an Indian camp, stories so detailed and realistic that they seemed more than just the product of a child's imagination. During adolescence, the boy disappeared for a long period only to be brought back by a mysterious man who vanished before he could be questioned.

Eventually Jack realized that he possessed an incredible power that set him apart from the rest of mankind. Through the exercise of his will alone, he was able to travel through time! He had visited the past when America was a greener, more beautiful land, and traveling to the future, Jack had seen the terrible consequences of THE war.

Catching glimpses of a strange civilization on the other side of the dark centuries that followed the dreadful conflict, he wondered if somehow he could help mankind avoid the war in the first place. If there were other time travelers and he could find them, perhaps they could do something to stop the coming holocost.

After a search that spanned centuried and continents, Jack found himself in Jerusalem on the day of the Crucifixion. When a stranger approached him and asked if he were a time traveler, Jack knew he was not alone. Together with several others, Jack journeyed ahead through time to America, sometime in the future when savage hordes called the Mong roamed the land.

The time travelers had build a fortress called the Eyrie, ruled over by Caleb Wallis, a 19th-century American. It didn't take Jack long to discover that Wallis was a power-mad despot whose grandiose schemes for "saving" civilization posed more of a threat to humanity than a dozen atomic wars. Determined to thwart Wallis' plans, Jack found himself plunged into a terrifying struggle that would sweep him across the very face of time itself. -- from the SFBC edition dust jacket
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