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The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
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Feb 10, 11

bookshelves: sci-fi, reviewed, apocalyptic-dystopian
Read in February, 2011 — I own a copy

This is a short easy read which zips along nicely and has a nice finish. Matt Fuller, our main protagonist, is an under achieving student working as a research assistant, seemingly to avoid completing his education. His girlfriend has just left him and when he loses his job to the same man; seemingly a younger, handsomer and more dynamic version of himself that his girlfriend has taken up with the future seems bleak. Or is it? When he discovers that a machine he has constructed has the ability to travel forward in the future things finally seem to be looking up.
While the science of time travel does play a part in this book, there is more concentration on the human elements of time travel and the science is largely restricted to the restrictions of having a time machine which will only travel in one direction, for a specific, increasing intervals, and the geographic consequences of this type of travel.
Not up there with the best Haldeman works, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.

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