The Big Time by Fritz Lieber (1958) – Guests at a temporal guest house attempt to solve a mystery against the clock. It’s the height of pulp sci-fi set in what can generously be described as a Sorry Officer I Thought You Wanted To Drag Race shirt and at worst a brothel for an epoch spanning time war. The idea of a place for soldiers of different species from across history to RnR has some merit, but it’s all a little sexist. Even if we forget that most of the characters are forgettable, the plot isn’t anything special. That said, it is short so it’s not like I found it a chore to read. I think someone could take the location and make a damn good tv series out of it, but this execution is not it.
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