Up The Line (Fugues dans temps #2)
Being a Time Courier was one of the best jobs Judson Daniel Elliott III ever had. It was tricky, though, taking group after group of tourists back to the same historic event without meeting yourself coming or going. Trickier still was avoiding the temptation to become intimately involved with the past and interfere with events to come. The deterrents for any such actions...more
Paradox, paradox, discontinuity, paradox, transposal displacement, paradox.
Nothing for a reader to do but drink a beer and keep reading.
Robert Silverberg wrote this libidinous, vulgar carnival ride in 1969 and it was nominated for the Hugo Award. This represents my 25th Silverberg work reviewed and I have come to accept that his lasciviousness makes late era Heinlein look like a boy scout. There is just going to be sex in a Silverberg work, ...more
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Robert Silverberg was clearly a big fan of sex back in the late 1960s, and I’m sure he wasn’t the only one. But in Up the Line, he absolutely revels in it. He doesn’t miss a chance for his (all male) characters to fornicate with women at every possible opportunity both in the future and the past, in dozens of exotic time periods in Byzantium, Constantinople, Rome, etc. The act may be ...more
It also had a lot more Greek history than I cared to know. Really, he beat the shit out of me with the tours, going too deeply into what the tour guides were teaching. Okay, Mr. Silverberg, we get it. You know your Byzantium history. Impressive, and I do love history. But not in this contex ...more
Sadly, 'Up the Line' suffers from this. I say 'sadly' because when I first read this book (in the mid-1970s ...) I enjoyed it immensely. On this re-reading, I find that the years haven't been kind to this tale. The good stuff is still good - great historical backg ...more
1) This book has not aged well. It's almost laughable today, but maybe it seemed trendy back in the 60's.
2) The amount of sex in this book is really very unfortunate.
3) The historical descriptions make the book of interest, but are also a bit dry.
4) The plot doesn't really make an appearance until the last 20% of the book or so. Things pick up quite a bit. It tempted me to rate this book one star higher, but I have resisted.
5) The time travel gimmickry may have been cu ...more
Silverberg wrote it when he was in his early thirties and it was published in 1969. Maybe he was pissed that he was just a little too old for the summer of love and all the drug-inhanced screwing he imagined went on then. In any case with Up the Line he took his always libido-h ...more
I loved this. Loved. I thought it was brilliant. I've read a lot of snarky reviews for this one and I'm not really sure why. Nobody has a sense of humor anymore? Maybe. Maybe it just takes a lot to offend me, because not one thing in this book bothered me a bit. There are also a lot of people saying ...more
Parts of me wanted to give this book five stars, other parts, one star, so to compromise, three seems a good bet.
This is a ludicrous book, truly, it is a bizarre and incredibly dated read which includes the best and worst of timetravel stories, often on each page.
The structure of the story is magnificent - the details, nuances and generally neat workings out of some of the most complex parts of timetravel tales are the highlight of this. Really, it's not easy to construct this kind of thing so ...more
One quality about the novel is that it really shows its age and its presence as a piece of New Wave science fiction from the 60s and 70s. The gratuitous ...more
Although he - like all other time travelers - is educated about paradoxes and the trickyness of conserving the current time stream, he soon finds out that nearly everon ...more
The humor was not overdone, either. Some of the situations had their humor, but there was no bashing you over the head with it.
I thought this book held up well w ...more
Judson Daniel Elliott III works as a Time Courier, really a time-travel guide, leading tourists through actual events in history. Of course, the Crucifixion is a very popular destina ...more
It's a fluent and accomplished story that dates surprisingly little, being written with an imagination that transcends the years.
The main jarring note is that it's exhaustingly full of sex. In the late 1960s, writers were taking advantage of a relaxation in what had previously been the rules, and so the hero couples l ...more
Here tour guides escort the rich and curious to historic events, to the repeated point of avoiding running into themselves escorting past and future sets of rich and curious to the same event. And among the tour guides are someone whose hobby is killing his own ancestors (attempted suicide by Grandfather Paradox), and another whose hobby is sex with his own ancestors.
So what's our recent ...more
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