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Paul Leiber well deserved the Hugo Saward in 1965 for this book.
It also appeared that there had been no advances in science on the Earth since the 60's but yet we have a manned base on the Moon and have astronauts out by Mars.
There are far too many characters and many of them are handled in such sketchy fashion that not even Leiber seems interested in them.
I’ve read my fair share of old science fiction. (By old here, I generally mean things written before 1980.) I acknowledge this line is relatively arbitrary, but so am I. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Wombat the Bookworm
This is one of those books I discovered through Sci Fi book-of-the-month club, and I have to say I was non-plussed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Mueller
Fritz Leiber is known for Fantasy, both Swords and Sorcery and Urban Fantasy (a genre he practically invented), but The Wanderer is a mixture of disaster/apocalypse and first... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Dea
A new planet appears in Earth orbit, and turns out to be a spaceship from a mature Type III (almost a "Type IV") civilization. Read morePublished 21 months ago by email@example.com
What a letdown. Seriously. The little Penguin Books penguin on the spine of this book should be covered with a black tape.
And I like Fritz Leiber. Read more
Fritz Leiber's notion of a planet-sized visitor (the "Wanderer") to the Earth had huge potential but falls flat. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by zdevil
This is a great..no, a FANTASTIC story, with a deep philosophical issue behind its cosmic disaster theme: the conflict between any society's quest for perfection, and the... Read morePublished on July 27, 2010 by Ulf Claesson
I guess I am not a fan of Fritz Leiber's writing. I first tried reading "The Big Time", but could not finish it (only made it a third of the way through the book). Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Neil Kiser
Always a master of the language, Leiber, author of the "Grey Mouser" stories, won a Hugo for this quintessential disaster novel when it first appeared in 1964. Read morePublished on September 8, 2008 by Michael K. Smith