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A Pandora's box of evil Freitas had commanded the engineers of his vast, world-wide empire to build him a device that could ransack the past. Now all the riches of the ages were his for the taking. But mere wealth was not what Freitas was after. Supreme power was what he sought, and from the past he picked the men and women who could help him gain absolute mastery over his ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 156 pages
Published July 1969 by Dell Publishing (first published 1969)
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Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - October 30, 2013

The scion of an extremely wealthy family suddenly finds himself at the helm of the empire & is eager to make his mark. Scientists in his employ have developed a "Timescoop", a device that can take a slice from something in the past & incarnate it in the present. One of the 1st things I imagined was bringing a version of the Venus di Milo into the present in a form that predates the damage to it. Lo & Behold! that
drew petersen
A breezy enough read but nothing about it really grabbed me.
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Peter W Blaisdell
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. Brunner’s Timescoop is a light piece of science fiction from this genre’s classical era. Though the tone is humorous throughout, the motifs are weighty including confronting the consequences of research advances and how these technologies can be perverted for trivial, self-aggrandizing purposes. As part of developing these themes, Brunner notes that the actual personalities of historical figures differs from our rose-colored images of them. The plot of this short novel ...more
Ian Hamilton
Timescoop is pretty mediocre, but it's absurd and inane enough of a story to hold your attention and provide some mindless low brow sci fi entertainment. I happily plowed through this one over a couple of evenings, but it didn't feel like a slog. Would have been perfect beach reading, but alas, we're all homebound. ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting twist on the time travel story. Would you really want to resurrect your great great grandfather?
Aug 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Industrial magnate Harold Freitas wants a publicity stunt that will devastate his competitors when he launches his company's Timescoop capability, and so he decides to organize a family reunion -- the other family members being distinguished ancestors of his hauled out of the past by the Timescoop technology. What he doesn't realize is that the genealogist advising him on the distinction of his ancestors has done as all genealogists do in such situations: he gave a flattering depiction of the an
Sep 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gone, sci-fi
The book jacket description is incredibly misleading.

This book is more about a bumbling man inheriting a vast business and fortune and trying to impress his wife and the world as he steps into his father's shoes. It just so happens it's the future, and he has a vast scientific wealth at his fingertips to fumble with, and he decides to delve into the world's past history to impress everyone by throwing a family reunion... by bringing past ancestors into his present.

It's more vaguely comedic than
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John Brunner was born in Preston Crowmarsh, near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, and went to school at St Andrew's Prep School, Pangbourne, then to Cheltenham College. He wrote his first novel, Galactic Storm, at 17, and published it under the pen-name Gill Hunt, but he did not start writing full-time until 1958. He served as an officer in the Royal Air Force from 1953 to 1955, and married Marjorie Ro ...more

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