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Edge of Time ❮Reading❯ ➽ Edge of Time ➶ Author David Grinnell – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Donald Wollheim wrote this under the pseudonym David GrinnellThey created a miniature universe, but could they control it This is Ace Book M Donald Wollheim wrote this under the pseudonym David GrinnellThey created a miniature universe, but could they control it This is Ace Book M.


10 thoughts on “Edge of Time

  1. Chris Rigby Chris Rigby says:

    This is worth reading as an intellectual exercise to see just how poor sci fi in the 1950s could be.Now, before I begin, let me explain what the one star is for the basic premise of the story, and the science behind it, is actually very good, and in the hands of a half decent writer, could have made a superb sci fi novel.Unfortunately, the writing and style are both so utterly poor, it s difficult to know where to start Well, for one thing, Grinnell doesn t appear to have ever heard of the wr This is worth reading as an intellectual exercise to see just how poor sci fi in the 1950s could be.Now, before I begin, let me explain what the one star is for the basic premise of the story, and the science behind it, is actually very good, and in the hands of a half decent writer, could have made a superb sci fi novel.Unfortunately, the writing and style are both so utterly poor, it s difficult to know where to start Well, for one thing, Grinnell doesn t appear to have ever heard of the writer s maxim Show, don t Tell Everything is explained over and over, though thankfully not in the level of detail that would have made it evenunreadable than it is already.Second, there is an appalling and condescendingly patronising attitude to women Indeed, there s only one female in the whole book She is a photographer that the journalist throws a tantrum to his editor over, for providing a FEMALE for his assignment Then later, she is described as surprisingly good at her job No, I kid you not.Add to that the over compressed time frame, so that there is constantly insufficient development, a cursory and lamentable skating over of character development, and a climax that mixes galactic cataclysm with a mundane and unresolved spy story shoot out, and you get some idea of just how awful this book is.Though having said that, it s not alone it s probably representative of the bottom of the barrel sci fi publishers were scraping in the mid to late 50s


  2. Karl Karl says:

    David Grinnell is a pseudonym of Donald A Wollheim.


  3. Dan Nimak Dan Nimak says:

    Donald Wollheim was a very prominent figure in the early days of science fiction mainly known as an editor and publisher He did write some, under the pseudonym of David Grinnell And though he may have been a much better editor publisher than a writer he felt his writing was fair to middling at best , I think Edge of Time is one of his best efforts.Sure, one needs to take into consideration the differences in our culture now compared to a couple of generations prior But don t let that s Donald Wollheim was a very prominent figure in the early days of science fiction mainly known as an editor and publisher He did write some, under the pseudonym of David Grinnell And though he may have been a much better editor publisher than a writer he felt his writing was fair to middling at best , I think Edge of Time is one of his best efforts.Sure, one needs to take into consideration the differences in our culture now compared to a couple of generations prior But don t let that stop you from reading a very entertaining novel from the golden age of science fiction


  4. Roddy Williams Roddy Williams says:

    THEY HAD CREATED A MINIATURE UNIVERSE, BUT COULD THEY CONTROL IT GUARDIANS OF A CAPTURED UNIVERSEWhen Warren Alton went off to a quiet rural district of Upper New York state to investigate some strange news reports, he figured it would be just a new the of flying saucer scare only this time people were seeing dinosaurs and flying lizards.But what that star reporter uncovered turned out to befantastic than prehistoric monsters andincredible than UFO s For he found himself on a n THEY HAD CREATED A MINIATURE UNIVERSE, BUT COULD THEY CONTROL IT GUARDIANS OF A CAPTURED UNIVERSEWhen Warren Alton went off to a quiet rural district of Upper New York state to investigate some strange news reports, he figured it would be just a new the of flying saucer scare only this time people were seeing dinosaurs and flying lizards.But what that star reporter uncovered turned out to befantastic than prehistoric monsters andincredible than UFO s For he found himself on a newsbeat that covered dozens of hitherto unknown planets, millions of miles of interstellar space, and thousands of years of time and yet never took him outside the bounds of present day America Here is the breath taking super science adventure along the very EDGE OF TIME.CAST OF CHARACTERSWarren AltonThis featured writer would travel anywhere for a scoop even out of this world.Marge McElroyShe made a world of difference to a universe.Dr EnderbySometimes he felt almost like God, but not always.Jack QuernHe was a strong arm boy withpoise than polish.The OracleThough many women, she always had the same identity.Carter WilliamsHe was a scientist who travelled farthest by lying completely still Blurbs from the 1958 Ace Double D 362 EditionReading something like a 50s B movie with a touch of noir, we follow Ace Reporter Warren Alton, who is reluctantly saddled with a female photographer, Marge McElroy for his latest assignment mirages of dinosaurs, volcanoes and medieval armies in Upper New York State.What the pair stumble upon is a top secret scientific base where Dr Enderby has created a miniature universe consisting of a single galaxy, a universe which is evolving at an amazing pace and which can be observed as life evolves and intelligence emerges However, as the civilisations develop beyond our own scientific capabilities, their scientific secrets become something which other countries may well kill to obtain.It is interesting in that it demonstrates some of the social and cultural norms of the late Nineteen Fifties The idea of a female photographer is a novel one, it seems, although to give Wollheim credit, he does not patronise Marge by allowing her to be just a girl doing a man s job


  5. Illusive Illusive says:

    Gelesen als Projekt Mikrokosmos Seltsame Dinge geschehen F r Sekunden erstehen auf freiem Feld Urw lder, aus denen Saurier hervorbrechen, Kriege werden ausgetragen, und nie zuvor gesehene St dte liegen im Sonnenschein Doch blitzartig wie sie gekommen, sind all diese Erscheinungen wieder verschwunden Erst als ein Reporter eine seltsame private Forschungsgruppe entdeckt, ahnt er das Geheimnis des Mikrokosmos.Wissenschaftler erschaffen ein Mikrouniversum um daraus R ckschl sse auf das eigene Univ Gelesen als Projekt Mikrokosmos Seltsame Dinge geschehen F r Sekunden erstehen auf freiem Feld Urw lder, aus denen Saurier hervorbrechen, Kriege werden ausgetragen, und nie zuvor gesehene St dte liegen im Sonnenschein Doch blitzartig wie sie gekommen, sind all diese Erscheinungen wieder verschwunden Erst als ein Reporter eine seltsame private Forschungsgruppe entdeckt, ahnt er das Geheimnis des Mikrokosmos.Wissenschaftler erschaffen ein Mikrouniversum um daraus R ckschl sse auf das eigene Universum zu ziehen Dabei kommt es zu einigen unerwarteten Komplikationen.Die Idee dieses Romans gef llt mir und auch die Umsetzung, mal abgesehen von den Begleiterscheinungen der F nfziger, ist recht gut Kein schriftstellerisches Meisterwerk, aber es hat mich unterhalten


  6. John John says:

    1983 grade C


  7. Rachel Rachel says:

    They had created a miniature universe but could they control it Written by Wollheim under the name David GrinnellAce Books M 162 , 1958 143pp.


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