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The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
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Dec 11, 2007

it was amazing
Read in December, 2007

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.
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message 1: by Matt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:18PM) (new)

Matt I just read this book. I remembered enough of the HG Wells novel to make a pretty seamless jump to Baxter's work, and I liked it well enough. As a sequel made almost a hundred years after the original, it uses the separation of time to good effect, and also calls back several of Wells' other works (the tank I don't know, but the model of the city the narrator finds comes from "The Sleeper Awakes"). The stranding in ancient time is heartbreaking.

I think this put Stephen Baxter on the map, although that's not always a good thing. Baxter sometimes falls into technophilia, which is why the narrator often wakes up in situations that are devoid of compelling emotion besides confusion. What was that chamber with the sand? Why didn't the Dyson sphere Morlocks get more upset with him for killing their kids?

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