Before we're properly awake, we're Recruited into the Big Time and hustled into tunnels and burrows outside our space-time, these miserable closets, gray sacks, puss pockets-no offense to this Place-that the Spiders have created, maybe by gigantic implosions, but no one knows for certain, and then we're sent off on all sorts of missions into the past.
The Big Time is not an action-packed sci-fi adventure with lots of alien liquefactions. The Big Time is also a book about war. It is clear that the constant to-ing and fro-ing is affecting our combatants. Their nerves are shot, their behaviour erratic, with paranoia and weariness often exhibited.
You can't know there's a war on-for the Snakes coil and Spiders weave to keep you from knowing it's being fought over your live and dead body! Illustrated by FINLAY. CHAPTER 1. When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? When the hurlyburly's done. When the battle's lost and won.
Fritz Leiber () is best known as a fantasy writer, but his achievements and influence are also considerable in the horror and science fiction fields. One of his major SF works is the Change War series, about rival time-traveling armies locked in a bitter, age-old war for control of existence; the battles frequently alter the course of human history. The most important work of Leiber& Change War series is the Hugo Award-winning novel The Big Time, in which doctors, entertainers, and wounded soldiers find themselves treacherously trapped with an activated atomic bomb inside the Place, a room existing outside of space-time. It& not one of Leiber& strongest novels: the cutesy-girlish narrative voice is unconvincing, while the demands of describing time travel and time paradoxes inevitably strain the prose.
The Big Time (1958) is a short science fiction novel by American writer Fritz Leiber. Awarded the Hugo Award during 1958, The Big Time was published originally in two parts in Galaxy Magazine's March and April 1958 issues, illustrated by Virgil Finlay. It was subsequently reprinted in book form several times. The Big Time is a story involving only a few characters, but with a vast, cosmic back story.
Chapter 1. Enter three hussars. The Creature from Cleveland Depths. The Night of the Long Knives. Bullet With His Name. Nice Girl With 5 Husbands. Dr. Kometevsky's Day. By Fritz Leiber.
You can't know there's a war on for the Snakes coil and Spiders weave to keep you from knowing it's being fought over your live and dead body! Illustrated by FINLAY.
When it started, I had been on the Big Time for a thousand sleeps and two thousand nightmares, and working in the Place for five hundred-one thousand. Entertainment is our business and we give them a bang-up time and send them staggering happily back into action, though once in a great while something may happen to throw a wee shadow on the party. I am dead in some ways, but don't let that bother you - I am lively enough in others.