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The Technicolor Time Machine
on 5 May 2003
When I first read this book I was still growing up. Now that I am at least twice that age, the good memories of it prompted me to take it down from the bookshelf again. Barney Hendrickson is a film producer, who has one last chance to make the great movie, that is going to save the Climactic Studios from going down the drain. He enlists the help of Professor Hewett and his time machine, to go back in time and shoot his film on location and on the cheap side. He takes a whole film crew back to the Viking era, to make an epic tale of how the Vikings discovered America long before Columbus arrived. This set up allows for some typically irreverant humour from Harry Harrison, as Barney tries to keep the boss, the film crew and the locals all happy; while events are unfolding in both the past and in the present. Sometimes these problems can be solved simply with a bottle of whisky, and at other times more ingenuity is called for. I believe I can safely deduce that Harry Harrison likes whisky too, and although I don't like whisky, I do like this book. It may not be the great American novel, but it is still a thoroughly enjoyable read.