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La machine à explorer le temps est le texte fondateur de la science-fiction moderne. Lorsque s'achève le récit de H. G. Wells, le Voyageur se prépare à repartir dans le futur sauver Weena, la charmante Eloï, menacée par les cruels Morlocks... Par une chance extraordinaire, la narration de ce second voyage est parvenue à Stephen Baxter, un siècle exactement après la parutio ...more
Published 1995 by Heyne
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Apr 03, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1995, a hundred years after H.G. Wells's novel "The Time Machine", the Wells' estate authorised an official sequel by Stephen Baxter. The Time Ships went on to win several prestigious SF awards, including the British Science Fiction award for that year. It is an ambitious project and an exciting read in its own right.

The novel starts where the original left off, in 1891, with "the Time Traveller" preparing to return to the year 802,701 to save Weena, the young female Eloi who died in the fire
Aug 07, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
Taking on the task of writing a sequel to H.G. Wells’ classic The Time Machine must have been like painting a target on his back. Having read Baxter’s Xeelee Omnibus I was very curious if Baxter can pull it off as the Xeelee books are very hard sci-fi with some very complicated scientific expositions (half of which went well over my head). His prose style in those books is readable but not so high on literary merit. In contrast The Time Machine is a beautifully written and fairly straight forwar ...more
Baxter did a great job capturing the feel and style of The Time Machine. What he didn't capture of H.G.'s brevity. There are some truly fascinating ideas in this book. The problem is that there's too many ideas. The result of this was a longing for the book's satisfying but predictable conclusion.
Cool because it's a sequel to The Time Machine; dull because it's written like a sequel to The Time Machine. A slow start that grows from intriguing to dull and back again, but Baxter's Hard SF misses the boat, er, ship, rather, when he mostly neglects Wells' primary social concerns for engineering sensawunda. Also, Morlocks probably don't call themselves Morlocks.
Robert Hamilton
Oct 31, 2014 Robert Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Time Ships mainly because I enjoy works by Stephen Baxter. I had no idea he was such a Wells enthusiast. Apparently Baxter is the Vice-President of the international H. G. Wells Society. I didn't know this when I bought the book, but it's an authorized (by the Wells estate) sequel to the H.G. Wells classic "The Time Machine".

The book is simply remarkable. Baxter really captured Wells use of language and vocabulary and the general tone of 1895. You would swear Wells himself had create
Baxter takes the classic HG Wells novela and expands it in new and interesting ways, while still being faithful to the original piece. Here the Time Traveler is more thoughtful and more scientifically minded than he was in "The Time Machine," but the characterization is the same.

His journey starts where the first book ends and is split up into seven smaller "books" within the more than five-hundred page paperback. Each book takes the the Time Traveller from a child-like understanding of time, to
Mar 10, 2010 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't be fooled by the doofy title; this book is a marvellously reimagined "sequel" to HG Wells' classic THE TIME MACHINE. As much as Wells' book was social allegory for the issues of his day, THE TIME SHIPS plumbs some of the questions of 21st century man through the lens of Wells' 19th century hero. I am so impressed with how Baxter uses those Victorian values and perceptions as a lens to grapple with very modern issues...the narrator comes off as remarkably cosmopolitan, open-minded and intel ...more
Sandra Petojevic
It starts exactly where the H. G. Wells's novel ends, but when the Time Traveller tries to return to the year 802701 to rescue Weena, he discovers that the future is altered! He must stop in year 657208 when the Earth is cloaked by an eternal night, because the Morlocks has built a giant Sphere around the Sun! And then he returns in time to July 1873 and confronts with - himself at the age of twenty six!

And then the novel becomes more and more intriguing. There is the Juggernaut Lord Raglan - a
Jordi Balcells
Dec 28, 2014 Jordi Balcells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuación "apócrifa" de La máquina del tiempo, de H.G. Wells, me recuerda a las idas de olla metafísicas de Arthur C. Clarke con su saga Odisea.
El viajero, con cada nueva visita al pasado o al futuro, cambia su línea espacio-temporal y se desespera porque cree que con ello niega la existencia de todos aquellos atrapados en una realidad que ya no existe. Como buen autor hard, Baxter no se corta un pelo con la física, hasta tal punto que hacia el final del libro parece más bien metafísica, ya q
David Ramirer
Jul 16, 2013 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-readings
hier ist stephen baxter ein meisterwerk gelungen, indem er den roman "die zeitmaschine" von h.g. wells als steilvorlage in einen direktpass ins gegenüberliegende tor verwandelt hat. spannend und fesselnd von der ersten seite an verbindet baxter gewohnt bizarre zukunftsvisionen mit vielen paradoxas, die die idee des zeitreisens mit sich bringt. am ende wird es sehr abgedreht, obgleich alles logisch im rahmen bleibt und immer noch ein wissenschaftliches fundament hat: ein kunststück, das nur steph ...more
This was a very unique reading experience, in the fact that Stephen Baxter wrote this as a kind of sequel to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, and adapted the style and speech mannerisms of that older work in order to enforce the illusion. It was well done, but that might not be for everyone because it is actually like reading an historical book, with its historical sensibilities, and use of "men" everywhere to denote humans, and exclamation points to express emotion, etc. It does create a lot of in ...more
While I felt as if The Time Machine was somewhat too short, this novel was almost certainly too long. Baxter did do a good job of presenting this as a sequel to The Time Machine. However, as a few other reviews note, the Time Traveler does not make for a compelling protagonist. The Dyson Sphere and Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics were interesting elements to include, although I've seen both elsewhere, and handled much better. Some of the histories were interesting, and the altern ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read any hard sci-fi, but after reading The Time Machine by H.G. WellsThe Time Machine, I decided to swipe this from my brother's bookshelf and continue the story. I'm glad that I did because this is a fine sequel to H.G. Wells' classic tale of time travel. Mr. Baxter brings all of his knowledge of the theories of modern quantum physics to expand the story far beyond anything Wells' could have dreamed of. And yet, the language and characterizations of the main character feel so in tune with ...more
Jason Golomb
Stephen Baxter's Time Ships is a sequel to HG Wells' classic The Time Machine. Where Wells was crisp, haunting and poignant, Baxter is deep and broad and offers his usual blend of hard core scifi philosophy and science.

Time Ships picks up where The Time Machine left off. The Time Traveler (TTT), after getting nothing more than a tepid response to his story of his first trip to the future, rushed headlong back into the future to find and rescue his Eloi friend Weena. Instead of returning to fix t
Jun 28, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I would have to say that this is the best time travel book I have ever read. It is the 100 year anniversary sequel to the H. G. Wells classic "The Time machine." It is even written in the same style as Wells. If you are familiar with the story, Wells never reveals the name of the main character, he just calls him "the time traveller." Baxter does the same. Except that this book is about four times longer than the original Wells short novel, and includes a variety of adventures in the wildly dist ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Isaac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One does not lightly take on the task of writing a sequel to a piece of classic literature, let alone the progenitor of a whole genre of literature. Baxter is to be commended for the creativity and faithfulness to the original reflected in this book that picks up where The Time Machine leaves off. The author's voice is sometimes inconsistent but generally sounds like Wells's narrator.

The plot is outrageously ambitious and very strange at times. Baxter attempts to indicate what happens when cau
Nov 23, 2014 Peter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah. Well, I finished it but I'm not sure why.

I love the work of H.G. Wells and I was interested in a book beginning at the point where Wells' The Time Machine left off. After all, there have been many such works and most of the have been interesting and a couple of have been downright brilliant.

Baxter got the "voice" of the times just right but, he didn't quite capture Wells. Wells wrote story which had interesting and original thought experiments for the times.

Wells at his wordiest cannot b
Glen Robinson
Feb 10, 2014 Glen Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Baxter is one of those science fiction writers with the background (mathematics) to back it up. He writes what some might call "hard" science fiction, putting a lot more emphasis on the science than on the fiction.

And that's OK. I only state that to give you a heads up for what to expect. The Time Ships is presented as a sequel to The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, using all of the same characters and storyline as in the original. That's probably what first intrigued me about the book. He
It took me a few months to read this. I'd pick it up and read a bit then set it aside for weeks at a time.

I found the book pretty interesting sometimes, but I can't say I loved it. The writing wasn't always engaging, and the name of the secondary protagonist, Nebogipfel, was a tongue-twister (and so, for me, slowed down reading whenever I encountered his name).

One thing I found interesting was how vast the passages of time are, in terms of human lifetimes. Tens of millions or hundreds of millio
Paul Wandason
Jul 22, 2014 Paul Wandason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter is pretty poor as a sequel to the original "The Time Machine" by H. G. Wells. This is mostly because the the Time Traveller displayed very different characteristics in each book, and the underlying messages and meanings in the original were not followed through. Indeed, the only ties between the two books were contrived references at the start of the novel and the Time Traveller’s attempt to rescue Weena at the end.


As a novel in its own right, this is brillia
Fuzzy Gerdes
Dec 11, 2007 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I read The Time Machine before The Time Ships, because it heightened my appreciation for what Stephen Baxter has achieved in the latter book -- writing an marvelous novel that manages to be both a faithful sequel to a hundred-year-old book and an epic journey through millions of years and several very different human (and post-human) civilizations.
Oct 22, 2007 Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hard sci-fi fans
Shelves: fiction-scifi
Anyone who read H.G. Wells' TIME MACHINE and enjoyed it wanted more. Now, over a century later, Stephen Baxter has done just that: picked up where Wells left off and then takes us for a ride equally as surprising and revelatory as Wells himself. Only this time, the traveler ventures forth millions and millions of years into the distant future, in the company of a Morlock!
Mar 29, 2015 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jeanne Lombardo
Jan 05, 2015 Jeanne Lombardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both a hugely satisfying and inventive sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine, and a profound and cosmic reflection on the future possibilities for humanity in a quantum reality of multiple histories, Stephen Baxter's The Time Ships hits all the marks: philosophical, scientific, and literary. A master story-teller, Baxter never lets the science overburden the narrative, nor does he dumb it down in service of the pacing. Readers are immediately swept up into a fantastical journey through time, ...more
Excellent. Great book. The only officially authorized sequel to H.G. Well's The Time Machine.
John Sears
Mar 08, 2016 John Sears rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book at Heathrow just before a ten hour flight. I am not generally a fan of sequels and most definitely not of iconic books like H G Wells’ The Time Machine. But in absence of anything else, I brought it and was glad I did.
Baxter takes Well’s idea off in a completely new direction and because of this, the story has many surprising twists for anyone who has read the original. At the same time the story has an old fashioned sense of adventure that captured the spirit of the orig
Dave Musicant
Jun 06, 2015 Dave Musicant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sci-fi book club was reading a different Baxter book, which I couldn't get ahold of in time, so I read this one instead. I had no idea what I had grabbed off the library shelf until I got it home, when I realized this was a sequel to The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. Remarkably, I had a copy of that, so I read that first (hadn't read it in years), then read this Baxter book. It was phenomenal. It totally followed Wells' style, and yet had a really interesting story. Really nice and consistent a ...more
Robert Strack
Mar 25, 2016 Robert Strack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Time Machine, or time-travel stories, in general
I didn't realize exactly what I was getting into when I started this book. I immensely enjoyed HG Wells' The Time Machine so much that I sat and read it cover to cover in a few hours. That is a rarity for me because I am a very thorough reader. (Some might say "slow" but I retain and can recall books that I have read in much greater detail than others are often able to.)

This book is written as a direct sequel to The Time Machine, following the further adventures of Wells' unnamed traveler. Steph
Steve Walker
Unlike my recent read of Robert Sawyer's "Calculating God" I was disappointed with this book. It won the John Campbell award, Phillip Dick award, British Science Fiction award, and was a nominee for Hugo and others. Baxter is a good writer and I liked some of his other stories, but the story just did not catch my interest despite ripping through time back and forth rearranging everything.

This is a sequel to H.G. Wells Time Machine. Baxter was authorized by the Wells family to write this book. I
Jun 15, 2015 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time travel has always been my favorite genre of science fiction, yet it is probably one of the hardest to get right. Aside from the science of time travel, there's the eternal paradoxes that time travel poses - such as how one can travel to the past, effect change (after all, where's the fun in traveling through time if you can't muck about with it?), and not create an impossible conundrum in the process. Wells's classic The Time Machine neatly stepped around the whole problem by having his unn ...more
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the ...more
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“What do you expect? Look here: we’re dipping into History, like temporal tourists. People are generally obsessed by the surface of things – and rightly so! How often in your own Year do you find the daily newspapers filled with deep analyses of the Causes of History? How much of your own conversation is occupied with explanations as to the general pattern of life in 1873? …” 0 likes
“I quoted to him what I remembered of Charles Darwin: "'Judging by the past, we may safely infer that not one living species will transmit its unaltered likeness to a distant futurity...'"
"Darwin was right," Nebogipfel said gently.”
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