In John Kessel's world, time travel has given humanity a great gift: the ability to exploit an almost infinite number of alternate pasts. And exploit it they have. Sightseeing tours to the crucifixion and front row seats at Caesar's assassination are just the beginning. But nice-guy Dr. Owen Vannice just wants to bring a dinosaur named Wilma forward for study. Then he meets August and Genevieve, a father-and-daughter con artist team, and together they land in the middle of a past revolt. "Entertaining, funny, and, best of all, highly serious," according to author Connie Willis. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In the mid-21st century, time travel is as common as air travel is today, and so is the wholesale looting of the past for people and artifacts. The eponymous Owen Vannice, a billionaire paleontologist trying to smuggle a dinosaur from the Cretaceous period, becomes the target of Genevieve Faison, a professional confidence woman. He also becomes the focus, A.D. 40, of a Zealot uprising in Jerusalem, which has been virtually colonized by the time-travel corporations. Surviving kidnapping by terrorists and betrayal by Genevieve, Owen proceeds to marry the woman when she reappears under the name of Emma Zume. It all works out happily in the end, even for one Simon the Zealot, driven to terrorism after time-travelers steal away one Yeshu, whom he followed. The character of Simon and the portrait of a Jerusalem under time-traveling occupation are superlatively well done. Most everything else here, however, suffers from an earnestness that clashes with the urge to romp. Kessel (Good News from Outer Space) dedicates the novel to a slew of film directors (Capra, Wilder, Sturges, etc.) who mixed comedy and drama in their work. The mix here isn't nearly as magical as theirs, but the story remains intelligent and entertaining throughout.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just finished it and totally unsure where I am (in the story) confusing ideals and jumps left me feeling lostPublished 3 months ago by Caterina Pryde
Oh What a wonderful read this is. John Kessel hit the head on the nail when he wrote Corrupting Dr. Nice. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Roger Zelazny Fan
This is an under appreciated masterpiece by one of the smartest science fiction writers working today. Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by James Patrick Kelly
The premise: Multinational, multitemporal Saltimbanque Corp. has commercialized time travel, and they've worked around the pesky lots-of-people-showing-up-at-the-same-time problem... Read morePublished on June 19, 2001 by Mary P. Campbell
This book has an awesome premise! In the book's setting, people can travel through time easily and with very few problems. Read morePublished on February 25, 2001 by Dr. Zoidberg
Very well written and edited. The whole family might enjoy this little sci-fi book, imaginative but at the end lacks a little something to give it a higher rating.Published on August 10, 1999