The year is 2070 A.D. when John Gribardsun assembles a team of highly trained scientists who then travels back in time to the year 12,000 B.C. to learn about the Magdalenian culture. It’s now or never to travel back to that time and the scientists have a lot riding on their shoulders for this expedition, but the scientists seem more focused on the enigmatic leader… Gribardsun is much more at ease when it comes to adapting to the native’s primitive ways and frankly it seems almost as though he belongs in those surroundings. Then again, what they don’t know is that John Gribardsun is no stranger to living in harsh conditions.
Time’s Last Gift by Philip Jose Farmer is what many will deem the ultimate time travel novel, which is filled with sci-fi, history and an amazing amount of creativity. A whole alternative history is created whilst keeping the historical facts practically sound and still we have a wonderfully written novel that will keep sci-fi readers intrigued from the beginning to the end. Our hero, John Gribardsun is no ordinary human being too, a loveable character nevertheless, he’s got a hidden history, which is further explained in Tarzan Alive which is also written by author Philip Jose Farmer and other sources. Titan Books re-released this spectacular piece of literature, which inspired an almost cult following of fans who are all obsessed with the life and times of John Gribardsun. We have an in depth timeline that also gives the reader an indication of the adventures that Gribardsun faces throughout his travels through the ages, which will help the reader to understand the historical references and the like that is introduced in Time’s Last Gift.
Time’s Last Gift has a lot of redeeming qualities to it for the reader that is unsure of embarking on a sci-fi novel. We have a lot of creativity and yet Farmer is able to explain in depth about an era that is often only described in archaeological findings (and usually with a lot less entertaining aspects, which scholars often deem unnecessary). However, don’t think that you won’t find any errors in this novel either. If you’re a close reader, you will notice a handful of editorial mistakes that may make the sentences a little unclear, but it won’t hinder the strong plot in any way.
Personally, I’ve found Time’s Last Gift fun, dramatic and incredibly entertaining. There’s a lot of imagination that went into creating the storyline and even more research that went into keeping the facts accurate. So, from a personal perspective, I will definitely advice anyone to read this novel to get a better feel to history, creativity and the like. Anyone can expect something wonderful from a Nebula Award-winning author and Time’s Last Gift won’t disappoint. As I’ve stated, there’s a whole cult following that sprouted from this John Gribardsun and if you want to know why, just click on the image…