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The Corridors of Time

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  461 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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A power struggle for time itself.
The corridors of time connect the ages to each other. Through them, one can travel backwards and forwards over the history of man. But rival factions have waged war for centuries.... Malcolm is an ordinary man of today, caught up in a time war beyond his comprehension....

Cover Illustration by Anthony Roberts
Mass Market Paperback, 186 pages
Published September 1981 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1965)
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Jul 20, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Corridors of Time was first published by Poul Anderson in 1965. It concerns an imaginative approach to time travel and has as its central conflict an ageless battle between two forces: the Wardens, representing an Earth Mother set of values and mythos and the Rangers, a group who worship a mechanical ideal and through whom have influenced much of Western Civilization.

Time travel novels always leave me asking more questions about the details and what-ifs and sometimes just leave me guessing
May 28, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
The Corridors of Time is my second Poul Anderson. (My first was the very impressive The Broken Sword.) And like The Broken Sword, Anderson draws heavily on what must have been an extensive knowledge of ancient Denmark (before Beowulf), mythology in general, history, anthropology, and linguistics. Also, to keep thinks humming, science fiction. Whew! That’s a lot to cram into 186 page novel. With a lesser writer all of those would have probably sank such a short novel. But Anderson sprinkles (usua ...more
Stephen Gallup
Mar 26, 2010 Stephen Gallup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went on a sci-fi binge in my early teens, and this is one of the few titles acquired then that have stuck with me through the years. I keep it on a shelf beside Chad Oliver's Winds of Time, not that the two stories have much in common beyond the similarity of their titles. It's about an ordinary guy being pulled out of recognizable circumstances and thrust into something very extraordinary, and in that regard is closer to the Edgar Rice Burroughs format. However, my recollection is that charac ...more
Mary Catelli
An old SF work involving an unusual sort of time travel.

Malcolm Lockridge is in jail when a strange woman, Storm Darroway, comes to him and offers a high-powered lawyer and private detectives to clear his name. All she wants in return is for him to take a job for her. Even at the time, he notices her unusual appearance -- unplaceable by ethnicitiy or race -- especially with the Anglo-Saxon name. His name cleared, he follows her directions to Denmark, where she spins him a story about retrieving
Ivan Lutz
Feb 24, 2015 Ivan Lutz rated it it was ok
Poprilična trashina u maniri pustolovnih SF-ova zlatnog doba, pa je i bez inovacije u svakom pogledu. Čak je i sama premisa izvučena iz Heinleinovog Glory Road-a (prezgodna žena novači muškarca za avanturu, a zašto to čini ostaje maglovito i polu nerazjašnjeno).
Radnja u svakom trenutku želi biti brza, akcijska, pa u nekim trenucima i je takva, ali više vremena je pokušaj i ostaje na pokušaju. I kao svaki dobar tresh na kraju ima zaokret pa tako i ovo - ko fol neočekivano, ali iz aviona se vidje
Jan 09, 2010 Manny rated it liked it

One of the better SF love triangles: 20th century guy has to choose between a far-future goddess and Ms. Average Nice Bronze-Age Chick. Both women are sympathetically portrayed. I'd better not tell you what happens - it's fun, and there's a terrific ending!
James Rickett
Jun 01, 2017 James Rickett rated it really liked it
More time travel stories, well written
Oct 07, 2012 Boris rated it liked it
Hodnici vremena je sasvim pristojan akcijski SF roman s putovanjem kroz vrijeme kao temom.

Glavni lik je tipičan akcijski SF junak, s borbenim vještinama koje je stekao u mornarici, pametan,obrazovan i moralan.
Iz zatvora u kojem se na neki način našao izvlači ga superiorna predivna i sexy ljepotica iz budućnosti imenom Storm, s ciljem da joj bude pomoćnik u sukobu dviju frakcija iz daleke budućnosti, koji ove dvije frakcije vode istovremeno u gotovo svim povijesnim razdobljima Zemlje, počevši od
Chris Branch
Recently realized that I have this library book that's now about 25 years overdue and figured I'd read it before making an effort to return it.

So, I wasn't impressed. The time war storyline is one that's been done many times in the years since this was written in '65, and it came across as a bit stale. The characters could have redeemed it despite that, but alas, they were fairly boring too. And the attempt to give Lockridge a southern accent was inconsistent and irritating. Maybe I'm judging it
David Cain
Feb 09, 2016 David Cain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Fun classic science fiction from 1965. This short, pulpy novel takes an interesting approach to time travel, dystopian futures, and the perils of moving too far in the direction of either industrialization or pastoralism. Major themes include the futility of war and the importance of balance in philosophies. The editing was a bit too tight throughout, with many quick cuts between scenes where there was not quite enough detail to sustain a smoothly flowing plot. Some of the characters were a bit ...more
May 20, 2011 Travis rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Two groups, the Wardens and the Rangers, are fighting a war across time, recruiting soldiers from the various historical periods. This story features a young man from roughly now-ish that is recruited by the Warden 'goddess', Storm Dalloway to help her on a mission to ancient Denmark and then things get complicated.

Not bad, reminds me a lot of Philip Jose Farmer. The time travel was interesting, but the 'reveal' in the story you will see coming pretty early on, and a lot of the cast never gain m
Sep 22, 2013 Edwin rated it really liked it
For a book from that era it is a great read. Doesn't hold up that good (in Dutch translation) because the way things are written now. What I liked a lot, was that it just jumps from scene to scene without to much detail to get to the plot. Feels a bit like a Hollywood movie. Example: a group sails from England to Denmark and that takes about 3 sentences. After that they can get back into the fight.

The time travel is also awesome. I liked the idea of the forever ongoing war between the "earth" an
Mar 22, 2009 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
An all american everyman is dragged into a war waged across time between two ideologically opposed forces that are behind most of the great wars and confrontations in earth's history.

Anderson uses many different wrting styles and I wasn't too keen on the one employed here that seemed to work against me engaging with the story.

It did end quite satisfactorally though but I think it could have been better.
David Robins
Jan 03, 2013 David Robins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it - a grand survey of a variety of cultures with a milennia-spanning war between two groups that want to claim "good" for themselves and "evil" for the other; but it's just not that simple, and when it comes down to it, the people of earth, of any time, would rather be left alone.
Aug 21, 2011 Janette rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
May not be the best-ever time travel novel, but a sentimental favourite since - aside from early exposure to Dr Who - this was my first encounter with time travel. Pause for collective "Awwww". Would need to reread in order to review properly!
George Hahn
Oct 08, 2015 George Hahn rated it really liked it
Good time travel adventure from one of the classic authors. The cover on my copy is misleading, showing space ships and alien landscapes whereas the book takes place mostly in the past, but it's still solid science fiction adventure.
May 04, 2013 Edgar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is objectively better than I judge it. For some reason the style kept me detached, but it's good writing, suitable for long historical descriptions and action sequences without a visible switch. I'll come to this book often later, while I'm writing, to see how he did it.
Mar 25, 2014 Simon rated it liked it
Has been a long time since I read it but the I always remember it fondly and have held onto the book despite many culls of the library.
Jun 21, 2009 Brett rated it really liked it
Science Fiction
Kenneth Flusche
Oct 12, 2013 Kenneth Flusche rated it it was amazing
old style SF because it was written way back when. You can see Poul's influence on modern SF
Jul 19, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was one of my very first science fiction books and it was my first time travel fiction. I was absolutely hooked after reading it. It sucked my young mind off to great adventures.
Aug 08, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Anderson's time war stories allowed him to explore all down through the ages and I thought he did a very good job. These weren't my favorite stories by him but Anderson really didn't do bad books.
Le gallerie del tempo (Romanzo, The Corridors of Time, 1965) di Poul Anderson 
Traduzione di M[aurizio] Nati e S[andro] Pergameno
Mar 13, 2012 Clyde rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Pretty good time travel yarn by one of the old masters.
Feb 07, 2016 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, 2010
A rather chaotic time travelers tale.
Jan 16, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, scifi-fantasy
Grade B+
Dec 14, 2010 Pierre rated it it was ok
Shelves: dutch
tunnels door de tijd
Michelle Hanson
Jan 21, 2014 Michelle Hanson rated it liked it
It was ok.. rather dated, but the storyline ha some unexpected quirks..
Jan 06, 2013 Terry rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-read
An obvious precursor to his Time Patrol series.
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a
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