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The Clock That Went Backwards

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Story about traveling back in time, which predated "The Time Machine," by H.G. Wells some seven years.
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Published 1881 by The New York Sun
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Robert Stewart
May 18, 2014 Robert Stewart rated it it was amazing
I gave this story 5 stars not as a reader in 2014 but as a reader of 130 years ago. In a world without Asimov, Heinlein, Silverberg or even Wells, a world without Star Trek and other time travel stories, this must have been something really new and fresh. This was, I believe, the first ever time travel story that made use of a mechanical device to transport people to the past. Before that, time travel had always been conducted through falling asleep and waking up in another epoch. A nice little ...more
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Apr 25, 2016 Laurel rated it really liked it
What a lovely short story, asking an excellent question: if time can go forwards, surely it can go backwards too?

The story is about two cousins who visit a 'great-aunt Gertrude' (I had to chuckle at that - just how many great-aunt Gertrudes are there?) who has a notable clock: the clock neither ticks nor tocks. Then one night they witness their great-aunt Gertrude winding the clock up, and it then going backwards - something great-aunt Gertrude appears to be happy about, until she falls down, ap
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I read this in The Time Traveler's Almanac.
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Shelves: short-stories
Rated 4 stars because this is amongst the earliest works on time travel.
+1 for novelty!
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"Edward Page Mitchell (1852–1927) was an American editorial and short story writer for The Sun, a daily newspaper in New York City. He became that newspaper's editor in 1897, succeeding Charles Anderson Dana. Mitchell was recognized as a major figure in the early development of the science fiction genre. Mitchell wrote fiction about a man rendered invisible by scientific means ("The Crystal Man", ...more
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