|my 1970 paperback copy|| || October the First Is Too Late |
by Fred Hoyle
First publication: 1966
Dick, a composer, and his boyhood friend John, now an eminent scientist, find themselves in a patchwork world of different times from classical Greece to a far future that humanity barely survives.
My favorable rating is no-doubt reflective of the time when I read it (the summer of 1970, nearly 14, moving from Washington State to Alabama). Perhaps the fiction doesn’t hold up as well for me in 2015 Colorado, but the issues of time still interest me as does the idea that different parts of different times were copied and patchworked together. And, similar to Asimov, Hoyle served to cultivate my interest in the natural sciences.
To the Reader: The “science” in this book is mostly scaffolding for the story, story-telling in the traditional sense. However, the discussions of the significance of time and the meaning of consciousness are intended to be quite serious, as also are the contents of chapter fourteen.
| || Warren Comics (Anthologies)|
founded by James Warren
First time travel: Creepy 9, Jun 1966
In the late 1960s, these horror comics were a little risqué for a young teen. After all, they were the size of a magazine, printed in black-and-white, were sold next to Playboy in the 7-11, and just for your teenaged-boy mind, they featured scantily clad, buxom women. I have only one issue that I actually managed to hang on to (Vampirella 13 from 1970), but I surreptitiously soaked up many other issues of Creepy and Eerie with fabulous covers by Frazetta and Krenkel. The earliest Eerie time travel that I’ve found so far was an adaptation of Robert Bloch’s story “The Past Master” in Eerie 12; and Creepy 9 had an (original?) Alex Toth (who adapted The Time Machine for George Pal) story called “Out of Time” in June 1966.
Be silent . . . there is little time! From the pages of the great black book came the incantation that has drawn you from the future.
—“Out of Time”, Creepy 9
No Time Travel. Move along.
“The Evil Eye” by Alfred Gillespie, New Worlds of Fantasy, 1967 [visions of possible futures ]
The Time Bender by Keith Laumer [parallel universes ]
“Traveler’s Rest’” by David I. Masson, Worlds Best Science Fiction, 1966 [differing time rates ]
“The Great Clock” by Langdon Jones, New Worlds, Mar 1966 [despite title, no time travel ]
“Your Appointment Will Be Yesterday” by Philip K. Dick, Amazing, Aug 1966 [odd entropy ]