- Hardcover: 181 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964472082
- ISBN-13: 978-0964472082
- ASIN: B000VULB20
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There Will Be Time Hardcover – 1972
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Those familiar with Anderson's work will recognize that this book ties in (however peripherally) with some of his other stories, about a post apocalyptic future where a New Zealand/Micronesian amalgam culture known as the Maurai come to dominate the world after a nuclear holocaust, and having been less hard hit by the catastrophe, are left strong enough to impose their vision of a less industrialized, more ecologically balanced ideal on the rest of the world. This story concerns a group of time travellers (whose ability is inate, and due to a genetic mutation, rather than any external time machine), led by a charismatic, but bigoted and ruthless 19th century American, whose aim is to break the Maurai domination, and re-establish industrial civilization.
The book tells the story of a bright, thoughtful, 20th century American who at first joins this group, then rebels against the ruthlessness countenanced by the group's leader. (But despite this, the book is clearly not some politically correct paean to eco-nazism, and the Maurai philosophy is represented thoughtfully as a way which does embody some genuine good, but which also became rigid, dogmatic, and even repressive -- in fact this is one of the best aspects of the story: neither side is wholly right or wholly wrong, but are each representative of good ideas and bad mingled together. This is highly realistic, as two sides in any conflict almost always have their valid points as well as their indefensible wrongs.) In addition to the adventure of the main character's war against his erstwhile comrades, there is a twofold romance story (understated, but well written), an engaging account of the protagonist's activities in the late 12th/early 13th century Byzantine Empire, and an interesting philosophical speculation about the nature of time tavel and fixed destiny versus free will.
This book is now out of print, but pick up a used copy if you can. As I said, Anderson was one of the giants of the science fiction genre. There is no author writing today who is his equal. This is a great little story by a master of the field, and is simply entertaining in its own right as well, and well worth the read.
The author also incorporates elements of his other novel Orion Shall Rise into the story as a future the travelers uncover. That future is also the subject of 2 short stories included in this book. They provide a nice bonus to this purchase.