Read 2008/17 – There Will Be Time

6 October 2008

Book: 17
Title:
There Will Be Time

Author: Poul Andersen
Genre: Science Fiction
Why did you get this book? I like Poul Anderson’s work. I bought this book in May 1979.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes. I was revisiting an old favorite.
Was the author new to you? No. I have a few of his books.
Would you read something by this author again? Have done and will do again.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I am keeping it. This is one of the books I revisit every decade or so.
Anything else? Suppose you were born with the ability to travel in time. This raises a few questions. How do you manage to grow up without being persecuted because you are a freak? Are you the only one? If not; how do you find the others spread through time and space? How do you finance the search? How do you learn to communicate with people in civilizations so remote from your own that you can barely comprehend them? What use (besides getting rich) is the ability to travel in time anyway? This is the tale of such a person. Jack Havig is born with the ability to travel at will through time. He learns the hard way to keep his talent secret. With the help of his future self he manages to grow up. He prepares himself for the search for other time travelers. After finally hooking up with a group, he comes to the realization that they are a bunch of thugs. Eventually he realizes that he has to neutralize the threat to humanity that they represent. And of course he figures out what use time travel is.
Number of pages: Ca. 189
Total pages for the year: 4569

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