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No Enemy But Time af Michael Bishop
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No Enemy But Time (original 1982; udgave 1991)

af Michael Bishop (Forfatter), Ellen Farley (Illustrator), Pamela Sargent (Introduktion)

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Joshua Kampa is torn between two worlds - the Early Pleistocene Africa of his dreams and the 20th-century reality of his waking life. These worlds are transposed when a government experiment sends him over a million years back in time. Here, John builds a new life as part of a tribe of protohumans. But the reality of early Africa is much more challenging than his fantasies. With the landscape, the species, and John himself evolving, he reaches a temporal crossroads where he must decide whether the past or the future will be his present.… (mere)
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Titel:No Enemy But Time
Forfattere:Michael Bishop (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Ellen Farley (Illustrator), Pamela Sargent (Introduktion)
Info:Easton Press
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses, Masterpieces of Science Fiction
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No Enemy But Time af Michael Bishop (1982)

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Nowadays I tend to re-read a lot of older SF, which conforms to my generally senescent fiction diet. Perhaps because a lot of the things I read in the different genres - mystery, horror, SF – originally appeared in magazines, I tend to have a preference for shorter works: stories, novellas or short novels.

Last week I re-read a novel from 1982, Michael Bishop’s “No Enemy But Time”, where the main SF trope is a time-travel / prehistoric fiction story in which the protagonist joins a band of early humans in Pleistocene Africa. The prehistoric story, which I found only moderately interesting, took up only half the book; every alternate chapter was given over to a mostly realistic Bildungsroman of the time traveler leading up to his involvement with the organization researching time travel. That narrative concerned itself mainly with describing the protagonist’s character development and his relationship with his family, the kinds of themes I associate more with literary fiction than with SF.

This time around, I didn’t care much for the sections developing the character and his relationships. Perhaps it’s just because Bishop wasn’t too skilled at this sort of writing, but I tend to avoid generic works with significant realistic “mainstream” elements. I don’t want to read a mystery that devotes lengthy sections to the detective’s rocky relationship with his girlfriend or a horror story that spends a lot of time on the divorced protagonist’s efforts to relate to his son (unless these somehow are essential to the development or resolution of the generic plot). ( )
  antao | Sep 25, 2020 |
Well, it's interesting. Like the premise, the characters, and the plot, but the ending didn't work for me, just kind of fell flat. YMMV. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 6, 2020 |
Joshua Kampa travels back in time, first in his dreams, then in a kind of reality, where his dreaming visions allow him to access a kind of perfect simulacra of the past, all the way back in Pleistocene Africa, where he befriends a small group of Homo habilis, studying them in an unprecedented exercise in field palaeoanthropology, learning their ways, finding a home for himself after a lifetime of not belonging, finding unexpected love, hardship, bliss and heartbreak, and something else he never could have imagined.

Beautifully imagined and magically evoked with Joshua's voice of repressed poetry and self-taught knowledge alternating with chapters about how his life lead him to this unlikely place, No Enemy But Time is a novel of dreams and reality, science and myth, family and belonging. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
The main character and narrator drops out of school at 15, yet the narrative voice is that of an old anthropologist. The remaining characters are flat stereotypes. The science is the scifi is of the new age variety. I am not sure what the author tried to convey about bestiality, racism or colonialism but sections of the book where the author touches on these topics made me feel acutely uncomfortable. ( )
  StigE | Feb 22, 2014 |
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Joshua Kampa is torn between two worlds - the Early Pleistocene Africa of his dreams and the 20th-century reality of his waking life. These worlds are transposed when a government experiment sends him over a million years back in time. Here, John builds a new life as part of a tribe of protohumans. But the reality of early Africa is much more challenging than his fantasies. With the landscape, the species, and John himself evolving, he reaches a temporal crossroads where he must decide whether the past or the future will be his present.

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