Millennium. In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC and a are about to collide. And in the far distant future, a time-travel team is preparing to snatch. In , John Varley decided to use the concept to attempt to snark at Starting as a short story (“Air Raid”), developing into a script idea, and. John Varley’s Millennium, a novelization of the film disappointment of the same name, which was inspired by a Varley short story*.

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In the skies over Oakland, California, a DC and a are about to collide.

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Heinlein From couch to moon says: Millennium is right out of that world. Dick Award in[1] and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in My memory tells me that the book stayed pretty close to the film, but millenimu still worth valey comparison.

It’s a very good representative of the time travel subgenre of science fiction and the primary entertainment value derives from experiencing the suspense of the characters as they try to correct a paradox they have accidentally caused in the past.

When the Cold War had not yet begun to warm, when nuclear war seemed the most likely way the world would end, when science-fiction felt compelled to draw parallels with religion? Bill Smith investigates aircraft crashes for the U.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. There is time travel, and when all the timey-wimey stuff starts to get too technical I tend to tune out, but really this book didn’t get too t I could have sworn I read one of John Varley’s books before and didn’t like it, but now I’m beginning to wonder if it was someone else because I really enjoyed this book. Nov 30, Analis Ramos rated it it was amazing. I just saw a Twilight Zone episode written by them.

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Stylewise, the narrative of the future girl was more than that of the guy who was in his 40s then. Some of them are the result of the filmic nature of the commodity the work is based on.

The story follows Louise Baltimore, who is in charge of a “snatch team” that goes back into the past to kidnap people who would otherwise die. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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I’d like to see Varley tackle some Michael Crichton-esque present-day science fiction, since he definitely had a knack for those details. There are notes from past and future selves, windows to the past visible in the future, and windows which are closed simply because —all culminating in a head twister of rationale that never quite seems to fully click into place.

Everybody I know likes to have the BC simper at them like a receptionist or baritone its words like a wide-screen Jehovah. It’s mohn normal practice for me to watch a film prior to reading the book it’s based on, but when I do, watching the film can lead me to some very good books.

In short, the first third of the book has a lot of death. The latter had more 80s style but was not as good as the book natch. The Big Computer plays an important role in the novel; I don’t want to say more. Its a good story from a science fiction point of view.

The time travelers can only take people that will have no further effect on the timeline: He’s big on big ideas, and what’s bigger than time travel? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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There is time travel, and when all the timey-wimey stuff starts to get too technical I tend to tune out, but really this book didn’t get too technical, which was just fine with me. Millennium is the story of Louise Baltimore and Bill Smith. Airplanes about to crash the best target, time gates are opened minutes before the accident and the passengers offloaded to the future and replaced with meat dummies just before the collision.

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Oct 10, Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it. Clarke o Robert A. This is especially obvious since I read the book in the 21st century, which was not once mentioned. Like the overriding premise that humanity is falling apart to the point of needing to snatch healthy bodies from the past, the time travel logic likewise requires significant suspension of belief if the novel is to be read with conviction. Deus ex machina can work when it’s intentional and it can be fun when it’s literal, but it’s a fine line to tread, and I would have preferred something less ambitious.

It started out as a short story and was expanded into a short novel later. Clever, and fairly good, but I kept getting caught up by how dated this is, both in the sense that it was published in and in the sense that it was written in the 20th century.

Good intentions, however, are not always good enough.

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Want to Contribute an Item? Thirdly, we have a romance. Nothing too gory, but directly viewed and fairly sobering.