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The Time Ships Mass Market Paperback – November 27, 1995
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It takes you to visions of alternate futures, as well as pasts, such as a sphere around the sun, a war-torn Earth of 1939, the Paleocene era of fifty-million years ago, an alternate reality with machines as the heirs of man, and finally to the most fantastic vision of an infinite universe created and ruled over by the true power of the human Mind. The book closes with the Traveller being returned to his own reality so that he is able to go and save Weena in the far-off age of 800,000 years hence(I wont give away the ending).
Throughout the book, Stephen Baxter gives you insights into the world of Quantum Physics, an aspect that brings the book to have a more real-world feel than some bizarre odyssey. Stephen Baxter is a true visionary. Someone who is able to see the current trends of science and incorporate them into a masterfully executed story. This book, in my opinion, is among the greatest sci-fi masterpieces of all time. The story never gets too technical, but never reaches down to the level of a child-like fantasy story. It is a story not only about time travel, but about the nature of mankind itself.Read more ›
Baxter's creativity brings a sense of wonder to the reader that is pure joy and adventure. (While reading it, I even listened to the sound track from the original "Time Machine" movie and the Russell Garcia score just made the entire experience even better). The story's ending was very emotional and showed that, for all the Time Traveller had seen and experienced - from the beginning of time to the end of the world - it was his human feelings toward another that mattered the most.
One last observation - It was my thinking that Baxter left the story open ended for another possible sequel involving the Time Traveller's adventures with the Morlocks. I can only hope that is true, for he has all the time in the world...
Despite all of this, I think he succeeds. Not just in imitating Wells's voice, but in all aspects.
To begin, this book has some prerequisites. To be sure, you need to read The Time Machine (Penguin Classics), and to track down the missing part to chapter 11--alluded to on p.103ff. You will also do well to track down The Chronic Argonauts, the early draft version of "The Time Machine." Watch the names Moses and Nebogipfel! Additionally, "The Time Ships" includes several Wellsian inside-jokes. These are references to several of his lesser-know works: "The World Set Free," (p. 157ff) "Things to Come," (both the book and the movie), and the quick nod to "War of Worlds" with the virus discussion (p. 284ff), and "The First Men in the Moon" with the selenites. I think some of the book's criticism comes from missing these subtle allusions.
(I recommend seeing the 1960's movie BEFORE reading this book, and seeing the 2002 version AFTER reading this book).
By including these easter eggs, Baxter's time travel story double-backs to its roots.Read more ›
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Baxter's The Time Ships starts in 1891 in the Age of Steam. It takes you on a series of time trips more unbelievable than the last, with numerous intriguing stories that leave you... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ami-mac-sun
I really really enjoyed this book. I actually read it somewhere around late 1995, loved it but misplaced the book shortly afterwards. Read morePublished 2 months ago by UnaClocker
Extremely well written time travel story. Worthy successor to the original, 100 year old story. Addresses just about every time travel idea in fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vorpal
Too much morlock for 5 stars but I love time travel. When I dream about things past it IS in a way time travelPublished 3 months ago by Robert W. Kleinmark
Well written meshes brilliantly with the original novel, right down to the writing style and language of the day.Published 4 months ago by Ray
If you loved H. G. Wells The Time Machine and loved the 1960's movie The Time Machine, you'll enjoy this book at least, or love this book as I did. It continues that story line... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gerald H. Beever
This is a fine Sci-fi opus reminiscent of the latter joint Rama series by Clarke and Baxter. However, other than the first chapter and epilogue, there is little in between of the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by csites