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Time Locker put me in the mind of an old Twilight Zone episode. I acquired my copy used for a cheap price and the binding glue is giving up it's pages because of it's age. Too many loose pages to trade at the bookstore. And I have no intention of reading this one again. This book is both excellent and disappointing. Clearly this is a statement that will require some explanation! Some of it I enjoyed and some of it was less than edifying. I recall reading one anthology full of stories from that era which were all bad with the exception of one and that one good story was by a writer named Henry Kuttner I had never This book is both excellent and disappointing.

I recall reading one anthology full of stories from that era which were all bad with the exception of one and that one good story was by a writer named Henry Kuttner I had never heard of him before. His story was on a higher level in terms of both prose style and ideas. In the years that followed I occasionally read a Kuttner piece and found it highly enjoyable. But this is the first time I have actually taken the trouble to read an entire Kuttner book all the way through.

And what do I find? A couple of surprises. Firstly, it seems that this book was partly written by his wife C. Secondly, the prose style isn't as accomplished as I remembered. Yet it is serviceable enough, so I mustn't complain too much. The fact is that of the five linked stories in this book, four were published in the other was published in and they really are ahead of most other SF of the time I need to stress the words 'most other'.

There is a wildness in the plotting, a plethora of strange ideas, a hurly burly of situations and twists, and welcome attempts at wit and humour even though these don't always stand up I was grateful for them. The title story is the first in the book I don't think they are in the order they were originally written or published and is the most disappointing.

Galloway Gallegher is an inventor who invents best when he is drunk, but he can never remember what he has invented when he sobers up and he has to work out its purpose while he is suffering from a hangover. One of these inventions is a robot that likes to stand in front of a mirror and admire itself. This might sound odd but I haven't made up my mind yet as to whether this robot is mildly irritating or genuinely amusing. Maybe it is both. The following stories are better. My favourite tale is the very last one, 'Time Locker', which is partly about the fourth spatial dimension although in fact this isn't what it really is and involves a truly bizarre and original twist at its conclusion.

Also the robot, Joe, doesn't appear in this tale. It is cleaner somehow and less contrived. The antics of Gallagher and his equally drunken grandfather are entertaining, without doubt, but the main impression I got from the book is how difficult it is even for clever speculative minds to create a near future that is at all accurate. The future world depicted here is a weird amalgam of s decor and speech patterns and the technology of the same decade extrapolated until it becomes delightfully absurd. Not that this matters at all: science fiction isn't about predicting the future.

Mar 16, Mohammed Abdi Osman rated it really liked it Shelves: , favorite-books , short-story-collections , science-fiction , humor. This book is a collection of 4 Galloway Gallagher short stories, a drunken scientist who is brilliant inventor only when he is drunk, lets his brilliant subconscious take control of him. When he is sober he barely knows what protons,neutrons are. The stories are usually puzzles dealing with things that his brilliant self has invented that gets him in trouble with people because he can't remember what he did.

It sounds different our times to make fun of a drunk but these stories are wacky humorou This book is a collection of 4 Galloway Gallagher short stories, a drunken scientist who is brilliant inventor only when he is drunk, lets his brilliant subconscious take control of him.

It sounds different our times to make fun of a drunk but these stories are wacky humorous SF. You can't be politically correct about humor like this. The first story "Time Locker" was fairly weak because of uneven prose, the main character was not the funny Gallegher but some lawyer. All the stories have ingenious solutions to his problems,twists that i never really saw coming. The humor,jokes is so unpredictable, very weird sense of humor. As SF stories set in the future they are pretty dated to s when they were written but the storytelling is clearly cares more about the humor so it didn't matter.

The world building, far future culture was not so important to the writer. Gallagher himself and his proud, vain Robot who thinks he is a so beautiful made me laugh so much. I don't know what Kuttner other SF is like but he is a quality storyteller of humor stories set in SF setting. View 2 comments. I don't handle this sort of humor very well, and it doesn't help that Kuttner's Galloway Gallagher is, even sober, a distinctly unlikable character. And while I can appreciate the dilemmas posed in trying to unravel the actions of someone not exactly limited by linear and rational thinking, this book wants me to laugh at a man with an obvious if non-traditional drinking problem.

So what we have here is a man with a possibly codependent and certainly dysfunctional relationship Nice batch of short stories about a mad, drunken, Irish-American inventor, who is mad all the time, but only invents when he is drunk. Many of the stories involve his trying to reconstruct the night before through the fog of his hangover I was particularly charmed by his machine that sings Saint James Infirmary. Definitely good fun.

Jun 05, Xenophon Hendrix rated it it was ok. This is a collection of short stories about a guy who becomes a brilliant mad scientist when he's drunk. The stories are meant to be humorous, but they are badly dated. I found them slightly amusing at best. The stories in this collection are just as fun as I had hoped, while Kuttner's writing is a wonderful surprise.

I dig the way he writes dialog and his take on a future Manhattan. The first story, "The Proud Robot," is by far the strongest, due to its brilliant wit and a story that is almost shockingly topical. The latter reminded me, in fact, of the prescience that Piers Anthony demonstrated when in his short novel, "Steppe. Five tales about Gallagher and his drunken doings is not enough. Feb 17, Nikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction. A great and until now hard to find book. Its a very comedic sci -fi of 5 short stories about a scientist who is ONLY a genius when he's drunk.

The edition I have is not as nice as the pictured one above - its a very garish pinkish cover with a robot on it, and the only two copies of it I have ever seen fall apart the minute you try to read it, which is the ONLY complaint i have with this book. I'm extremely ecstatic to know that this book has finally been republished as I will need to get a cop A great and until now hard to find book. I'm extremely ecstatic to know that this book has finally been republished as I will need to get a copy of it that I'll be able to read as often as I want!

May 19, David Macpherson rated it it was ok. Man I wanted to love it. It is five stories about an inventor who can only create amazing inventions when he's blackout drunk and when he sobers up he has no idea of the wonders he wrought. It sounds awesome and the writing is excellent, but the characters were so unpleasant and the stories felt padded a bit, which is not surprising during penny a word pulp fiction days. I am glad to have read the book, I just didn't like it too much. Mar 29, Jeff rated it really liked it. Henry Kuttner was one of the masters of science fiction from the s to the s, when he died, way too young, of a heart attack.

This book collects his stories of Galloway Gallegher, who is an absolutely brilliant inventor -- but only when he is drunk. When he is sober, he has no memory of what he invented and must figure it out before it lands him in trouble. These stories are, of course, played for laughs. A very amusing collection. Sep 30, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: scifi. This is a fun collection of short stories by a forgotten master of science fiction from the pulp era.

It is 5 longish short stories about a scientist who could only be a genius when he is drunk, and when sober cannot remember how he invented things. The stories revolve around the discover of his drunken-self's inventions. They are very much in the style of screwball comedy. Henry Kuttner was one of the great writers of SF short stories. He, along with his wife, C.

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Constantine, Storm. Cronin, Justin. Capes, Ashley. Chambers, Becky. Clayton, Dhonielle. Cook, Dawn. Cross, Janine. Card, Orson Scott. Chambers, Robert W. Clegg, Douglas. Cook, Glen. Crossan, Sarah. Carey, Anna. Chan, Kylie. Clemens, James. Cook, Hugh. Crossley-Holland, Kevin. Carey, Jacqueline. Chance, Karen. Clement-Moore, Rosemary. Cook, Matthew. Crouch, Blake. Carey, Janet Lee. Chance, Megan. Clifford, Leah. Cook, Rick. Crowley, John. Carey, Mike M. Chandler, David. Cline, Ernest. Cooke, Deborah. Cullen, Brian. Cargill, C.

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