There’s No Time Like The Present issue 11 (of 13)
by Paul Rainey
It’s really difficult reviewing this one, since I really don’t want you to read it. At least I don’t want you to read it quite yet.
Like I’ve said before, Paul Rainey’s There’s No Time Like The Present series is something you absolutely must read from the beginning. It’s such a complex and involving story that manages to be both fantastical and down to earth at the same time and picking this issue up without prior knowledge would be quite ridiculous to contemplate.
So my advice to you is to immediately go and buy every available issue before reading this one. For an idea of what has gone before please look at the reviews of issues 1-8, issue 9 and issue 10. And here’s a little of what I’ve said before….
But then Rainey pulls another master-stroke. Just as you think you know where it’s going….. Rainey switches the entire thing 50 years into the future. We’re in the day care centre with Cliff, Barry and their elderly friends sitting and watching old sci-fi.
And through all of this, as it twists and turns, looking at the characters young and old, you get the feeling that Rainey has it all under control, that it’s all fitting into a bigger picture, that it’s all connected somehow.
The art might not be to everyone’s taste… but overall it’s lovely stuff, simple black and white work, yet warm and expressive work that captures the characters so well. His portrayal of the characters in old age is especially good, with those little touches in the art that add so much.
It’s even difficult at this late stage – the series is definitely going to end at issue 13 – to pick out any plot points in this issue to talk about. Because pretty much everything I could mention is a spoiler. What I will say is that I’m actually pretty confident now that Rainey is going to be able to pull it all together in the two final issues to give us the finale that the book really deserves.
(Our group of old folks get together for another funeral, all resplendent in their outfits befitting their sci-fi background. From There’s No Time Like The Present issue 11 by Paul Rainey)
But just to give you an idea of what you may be missing; issue 11 builds upon everything that has gone before with our cast of old age pensioners reflecting on their lives and mourning the loss of their friend Cliff whilst the world they’re on shuts down all Ultranet stations, meaning this world no longer has access to time travel and once more, “humanity has free will. Anything is now possible“. The end of the issue takes us off world again, with a new, yet familiar life on another planet having trouble dealing with his new circumstances. More than that I can’t / wont say.
(Paul Rainey gets cosmic, as the action shifts across to another planet, junction 250,247, where we’re about to meet a familiar face. From There’s No Time Like The Present issue 11)
So at this point you have a choice. All of the individual issues are available from Rainey at his website. I’d definitely recommend you spend the time from issue 1 and really get involved in this great story. Alternatively you could hold off until the very end and get the lot or, hopefully, get the collected edition when (if?) Rainey publishes it. I’m already looking forward to that moment when I can settle down with the whole story and enjoy it all over again. It’s a thoroughly entertaining, deliciously complicated and intriguingly staged bit of domesticated science fiction.
There’s No Time Like The Present issues are available from Paul Rainey’s webshop. You really want to buy all 11 issues. Yes you do.