- Publisher: Tor Books; 2ND TOR PRINTING FROM 1985 edition (May 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812539702
- ISBN-13: 978-0812539707
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,129,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Technicolor Time Machine Paperback – May, 1991
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The story is that Climactic Studios is going broke. They need one great epic movie to get them out of trouble. But the banks are breathing down their necks, and they are only days away from bankruptcy. Here's where a time machine comes in very handy! (In a lovely touch, referring back to the unwieldy names early science fiction used to find for things, the nutty scientist calls the machine a "Vraemetron", after the Lithuanian - I think -for time. No nice flowery name, oh no! It's a "vraemetron"!).
What follows is a really funny story of vain Hollywood types, going back in time to shoot a Viking Saga. There they meet the Viking hero, Thorfinn Karsefni, who turns out to be a bit of a slob, and cares for nothing except for booze, food and women (fits in quite well with the Hollywood types then). Barney, the director and hero of the book, travels back and forth in time, desperately trying to avoid bumping into himself, and leaving cryptic clues for people just for the fun of it. The storyline is easy to follow, yet complex enough to keep it interesting. The paradoxes are well explained, yet keep throwing up new problems to be solved. The characters are all well developed, and I really got to like them. When the book finally finished, I actually missed them! Afterwards, it made me want to research all about Vikings, which I did! Just think of the hours of pleasure you can give your friends explaining everything you just learned!
This is a great book - funny, accessible, and intellectually stimulating. Not too long, it's ideal for a train or plane ride, or maybe a nice relaxing evening in front of the fire. Just great.