Published in the USA as 'Snow White and the Giants'....
|Title||:||Time for a Change|
|Number of Pages||:||203 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Time for a Change Reviews
Snow White and the Giants was originally serialized in Worlds of If Science Fiction Magazine in 1966-'67 when it was edited by the wonderful Frederik Pohl. I noticed that this paperback edition does not have the "science fiction" genre stamp on the spine or anywhere, leading me to believe that Avon was afraid it wouldn't appeal to their traditional sf audience, or perhaps they were hoping that it would transcend the genre barrier. It's a very good time travel tale with all of the twists and turns one expects, but is also a good portrayal of a small, very traditional English town moving into a more modern, technological era with much different social conventions. McIntosh wrote some very good stories, and I'd place this one among his best.
I'm still trying to figure out if I liked this book or not. It definitely is thought provoking. Val Mather is an insurance big wig in a sleepy old English town, when a strikingly beautiful woman and her retinue of nearly perfect men visit for reasons unknown. It's quickly revealed they are time travellers, and they've come from the 'present' to alter their world.There's ALOT to take in here.. the book starts out with the main character as pretty throughly unlikeable, and his friend moreso, but as the story goes on it turns out he's a pretty good guy, they just lay on the 60s manly ideal a little too heavy. The time travel here REALLY makes my head hurt.. the people from the future have little reset buttons that let them go back a couple minutes if something bad happens, which they can use to stop bad things (even death) from happening, though they still remember it happened. There's alot of talk about what would effect things alot, or a little, and changes happen during the story that effect the characters, though they know things changed somehow, shouldn't they not? The ending was the best one I've read in quite a few books, both surprising and interesting, while leaving room for more (though I don't think that happened).
Un tuffo nella fantascienza degli anni '70! Intrigante...