"There's no time for heroes like the present," said General Superhawk, as he was relieved of his laundry duties to head the spaceship's invasion of the untouched-by-human-hands-or-feet planet, which had been dead for 200,000 years.
"This is absolutely no time for heroes," said the planet's central brain computer which had, in its long, long loneliness, peopled the planet with fabled literary creatures created from its monstrous protoplasma vats.
"I'm no hero!" screamed the small, fat man with the moustache as he was bullied onto the planet as the ship's Number One scout. But Fate and Old Ironjaw had thrust Bernhard Rordin into the role, and in his own bumbling way, he...
Note: this book was published as an "Ace Double" edition together with Alice's World.
Editor's note (from the Ace Double paperback): When Sam J. Lundwall first proposed the idea of his writing a novel with the central theme of this book it was with the thought of writing but the one entitled Alice's World. It was on that basis that Ace Books gave him the go-ahead signal. But as Mr. Lundwall progressed with the writing, it began to occur to him that there could be an altogether different way to approach the same premise--more satirical, more humorous, and with an alternate plot. As the idea grew he became more intrigued with the potential and, considering that the work was to be presented as part of one of the famous Ace double books, he finally approached us with the idea of doing both approaches to the theme. The idea was as intriguing to us as to him and we gave him the okay to go ahead with both novels. So we are pleased to present this unique package--two novels, quite different, by the same author and based on the same basic premise. So if you note No Time for Heroes as having certain things in common with Alice's World, it's not a coincidence. Rather, we hope, it makes for a double treat. --Donald A. Wollheim
Original title: No Time for Heroes
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Humorous, Parody and Comedy