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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Fritz Leiber
  • ISBN:
    0312890796
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312890797
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  • Publisher:
    Tor Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Pages:
    128 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Genre Fiction
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  • Rating:
    4.4
  • Votes:
    299
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The Big Time (1958) is a short science fiction novel by American writer Fritz Leiber. Awarded the Hugo Award during 1958, The Big Time was published originally in two parts in Galaxy Magazine's March and April 1958 issues, illustrated by Virgil.

The Big Time (1958) is a short science fiction novel by American writer Fritz Leiber. Awarded the Hugo Award during 1958, The Big Time was published originally in two parts in Galaxy Magazine's March and April 1958 issues, illustrated by Virgil Finlay. It was subsequently reprinted in book form several times. The Big Time is a story involving only a few characters, but with a vast, cosmic back story.

You can't know there's a war on-for the Snakes coil and Spiders weave to keep you from knowing it's being fought over your live and dead body! Illustrated by FINLAY. My name is Greta Forzane. Twenty-nine and a party girl would describeme. I was born in Chicago, of Scandinavian parents, but now I operatechiefly outside space and time-not in Heaven or Hell, if there are suchplaces, but not in the cosmos or universe you know either. I am not as romantically entrancing as the immortal film star who alsobears my first name, but I have a rough-and-ready charm of my own.

It was born, in part, from Fritz Leiber’s conception of time travel and the nature of the past

It was born, in part, from Fritz Leiber’s conception of time travel and the nature of the past. He did not believe at all in The Butterfly Effect ; no, he believed that the past was more determined, more resilient. again, and again, and again. During The Change War, two groups of fighters-directed by Hugo Award winner The Big Time (1958) is not only an enjoyable and memorable novel, but a disturbing one too.

Fritz Leiber’s novel The Big Time was originally published in the March and April 1958 issues of Galaxy .

Fritz Leiber’s novel The Big Time was originally published in the March and April 1958 issues of Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. It won the Hugo Award that year for best novel. I have an interest in time travel literature, particularly from the pulp fiction era. Given the acclaim this book has received, I approached it with optimistic enthusiasm but was sorely disappointed. The Big Time hasn’t aged well, and it serves as an example of what’s wrong with a lot of old-school sci-fi

The Big Time by Fritz Leiber 1 When shall we three meet againIn thunder, lightning, or in rain?When the hurlyburly's done. When the battle's lost and wo. MacbethENTER THESE HUSSARSMy name is Greta Forzane

The Big Time by Fritz Leiber 1 When shall we three meet againIn thunder, lightning, or in rain?When the hurlyburly's done. MacbethENTER THESE HUSSARSMy name is Greta Forzane. Twenty-nine and a party girl would describe me. I was born in Chicago, of Scandinavian parents, but now I operate chiefly outside space and time - not in Heaven or Hell, if there are such places, but not in the cosmos or universe you know either. I am not as romantic.

Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in. .

Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) may be best known as a fantasy writer, but he published widely and successfully in the horror and science fiction fields. The most notable work of the series is the Hugo Award–winning novel The Big Time, in which doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves treacherously trapped with an activated atomic bomb inside the Place, a room existing outside of space-time. Leiber creates a tense, claustrophobic SF mystery, and a brilliant, unique locked-room whodunit.

The Big Time is a Science Fiction novel by Fritz Leiber. Our lives, our memories, are their battleground. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and r-&-r for tired time warriors

The Big Time is a Science Fiction novel by Fritz Leiber. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and r-&-r for tired time warriors. List Chapter or Page: 1. Chapter 1. 2. Chapter 2. 3. Chapter 3. 4. Chapter 4. 5. Chapter 5.

The Big Time tells the tale of a group of service members who work in facilities isolated from regular space-time. It explores a fascinating range of themes including time travel, the purpose of war, isolation, and love in the face of it all. They’re involved in a war conducted by two shadowy groups that spans time itself, with all of humanity as pawns on an ever-changing historical battlefield. Free.

Have you ever worried about your memory, because it doesn't seem to recall exactly the same past from one day to the next? Have you ever thought that the whole universe might be a crazy, mixed-up dream? If you have, then you've had hints of the Change War.It's been going on for a billion years and it will last another billion or so. Up and down the timeline, the two sides--"Spiders" and "Snakes"--battle endlessly to change the future and the past. Our lives, our memories, are their battleground. And in the midst of the war is the Place, outside space and time, where Greta Forzane and the other Entertainers provide solace and r-&-r for tired time warriors.

HappyLove
I'm not going to review the book as a book; I'm going to look at the issues with the version being given away for the Kindle. There are some formatting issues which get in the way of enjoying the book.

First, the quote at the beginning of the book is chopped off at the right hand margin. On my Kindle, fourth font size, it reads as follows"

You can't know there's a ware on--f
Snakes coil and Spiders weave to keep yo
knowing it's being fought over your li
dead body!

If you go to the smallest font size, it goes down to two lines, but still the right margin is truncated. My guess is that the quote has a negative margin setting.

No Table of Contents

The Five Way Control doesn't let you skip from one section to another since there are no sections defined in the bar at the bottom of the screen.

It doesn't take all that long to do a halfway decent job of formatting a book. Since this is the only Kindle version available for this book, it would be nice if someone had taken the hour to do so.
Lahorns Gods
Go back to 1957 and try to understand a SF writer.

You are obliged by publishers to have these ridiculous book covers, usually girls in mini skirts blowing humanoid aliens to smithereens, the exact opposite of that cool Amazon cover you 're looking at.

WW II is only 12 years in the past, and somewhere in the same country you live in, Ginsberg's Howl is going through an obscenity trial.

If this is your background, which it is, The Big Time should be considered a hell of a novel. OK, Asimov's End of Eternity with a similar (but not that similar) concept came out 2 years earlier. And yes, it does read like a play. So what? Fritz Leiber gives us, in less than 150 pages, a fine cocktail of claustrophobia, ethics, philosophy, mystery and weird characters that has stood the test of time extremely well. In fact, one wonders how a "Big Change" (term in the novel for changes in history after time travel operations) that would liberate Leiber from the 1957's world and make him write, say, 50 years later, would benefit this little book. As it is, 4 stars and a special place in the pantheon of time travel novels.
JoldGold
It started off with a cool enough of an idea, but then when the heavy thinking gets dropped on you it feels like you dropped a good egg on a very dirty floor - you want to salvage it in your mind but you just can't and regretably end up scraping it into the garbage feeling bad the whole time...
Cheber
This is a fast read very interesting. I hope its not true it held my attention. Read with a open mind.
Haralem
This was recommended I think by John C Wright, but I must say that it did not really grab me. But what do I know? Give it a shot.
Flathan
A war is underway to determine the fate of the universe. Both sides use time travel to change the course of historical events to suit their own ends. These opposing powers, known only as the Spiders and Snakes, exist outside of our known time-space continuum, and thus are able to move freely throughout space and time as we know it. They recruit soldiers and agents by plucking people out of their mortal existences in regular time and offering them a sort of conditional immortality as spatial-temporal nomads if they fight in this universal conflict known as the Change War. Outside of our universe exists an isolated pocket of space-time that serves as a recuperation station (kind of like a USO center) for the Spider soldiers. A motley crew of characters end up together at this facility, including a Nazi commandant, a Roman legionnaire, a Civil War soldier, an ancient Greek amazon, a prehistoric moon creature, and a Venusian satyr. Though they’ve all come to this way station for rest and relaxation, they soon find themselves faced with a predicament possibly even more perilous than the war that rages outside.

Fritz Leiber’s novel The Big Time was originally published in the March and April 1958 issues of Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine. It won the Hugo Award that year for best novel. I have an interest in time travel literature, particularly from the pulp fiction era. Given the acclaim this book has received, I approached it with optimistic enthusiasm but was sorely disappointed. The Big Time hasn’t aged well, and it serves as an example of what’s wrong with a lot of old-school sci-fi.

The novel is narrated by Greta Forzane, an “entertainer” at the station, whose duties seem similar to those of a dance-hall girl in an old Western saloon. She tells the story with a slang-peppered rapid-fire delivery that recalls the style of vintage hard-boiled detective novels. Each of the various visitors to the station speaks with the peculiar accent of his original time and place, though all are up on the latest hipster slang. No matter where or when they’re from, however, each eventually breaks into a stream-of-consciousness soliloquy that reads as if it were lifted from a Virginia Woolf novel. All this unnecessary verbosity soon becomes quite annoying and tedious. It seems like Leiber may have been going for an effect similar to beat poetry, but it ends up sounding like a schizophrenic Robin Williams comedy routine. In addition, though the scientific concepts he envisions in this novel are quite interesting, Leiber doesn’t do himself any favors with the terms he uses to describe them. Spiders and Snakes? Really? That’s the best you could come up with? The players in the war are divided into different categories with inappropriate supernatural names—demons, zombies, ghosts—none of which are ever satisfactorily explained. Change War, Change Winds, Change World—it all sounds rather kitschy and infantile.

At about the halfway point, the novel turns into a mystery story, and not a very good one. The resolution of the puzzle hinges on a pseudo-scientific concept that was previously concealed from the reader, so it feels like a cheat. The whole novel is kind of like that. Leiber just makes up new rules as he goes along. Every time you think you know how things work in this fictional universe, he introduces some new device or Change phenomenon that alters the possibilities. That’s not creative; that’s just annoying, and kind of lazy. The idea of the Change War, fought by forces from beyond time and space, is a good one, but Leiber himself doesn’t take his own brainchild seriously enough, and the result is one messy, silly, and frustrating book.
post_name
Though I try to write a short review at least of every book I read, I almost did not write one for this book, as I have nothing much to say. I read this over fifty years ago when it was still new, and though I liked novels by Fritz Leiber, I did not care for this one. Since it was available for free, I decided to try it again to see if greater maturity changed my perspective. I still did not care for it. I see that it won the Hugo Award, so my opinion is in the minority. I always wonder what it is that I’m missing when I see little quality in something that wins awards. It is one of those stories set in a surreal setting so the reader does not know what is going on, and must continue reading to piece it together. Sometimes, that works just fine. But the whole premise of this story just left me annoyed as it was too far-fetched to take seriously. Also, I could not really empathize with the characters. I originally read this all the way through, but this time decided I have better things to read.
Many years ago I read this and many other Leiber stories. His work is up there with Bradbury, Asimov, Campbell, Pohl and all the great science fiction writers.