Las naves del Tiempo



❴Read❵ ➵ Las naves del Tiempo Author Stephen Baxter – E17streets4all.co.uk El Viajero del tiempo de H G Wells despierta en su casa de Richmond la ma ana posterior al retorno de su primera partida al futuro Apesadumbrado por haber dejado a Weena en manos de los morlock, decid El Viajero del tiempo de H G Wells despierta en su casa de Richmond la ma ana posterior al retorno de su primera partida al futuro Apesadumbrado por haber dejado a Weena Las naves PDF/EPUB or en manos de los morlock, decide realizar un segundo viaje al a opara rescatar a su amiga eloi Pero al entrar en un futuro distinto y radicalmente cambiado, el Viajero se ve irremediablemente atado a las parad jicas complejidades del desplazamiento a trav s del tiempo Acompa ado por un morlock, se encontrar consigo mismo, para ser detenido despu s por un grupo de viajeros temporales procedentes de unen el cual Inglaterra llevaa os en guerra con Alemania.Las naves del Tiempo

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, Las naves PDF/EPUB or 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 Year he also won the John W Campbell Award and the Philip K Dick Award for his novel The Time Ships He is currently working on his next novel, a collaboration with Sir Arthur C Clarke Mr Baxter lives in Prestwood, England.

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  1. says:

    In 1995, a hundred years after H.G Wells s novelThe 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, withthe Time Travellerpreparing to return to the year 802,701 to save Weena, the young female Eloi who died in the fire In 1995, a hundred years after H.G Wells s novelThe 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, withthe Time Travellerpreparing to return to the year 802,701 to save Weena, the young female Eloi who died in the fire with the Morlocks, a fact for which he had felt guilty and responsible ever since.We learn that the time machine had been constructed from quartz, and fuelled by a radioactive substance calledPlattnerite , which had been given to the traveller by an unknown and mysterious benefactor, twenty years earlier Incidentally, Stephen Baxter has coined this word using the name of a character in one of Wells s short stories entitledThe Plattner StoryPublished in a collection in 1897, the story is about a school teacher, Gottfried Plattner who chemically analyses a green powder of uncertain origin which had been given him by his students When lit, the powder violently launches him into a mysterious parallel dimension, where he is observed by muteWatchers of the Living. There are further references to these beings later in this novel.With the aid of the Plattnerite, the Time Traveller sets off into the future and stops in 657,208 , when the daytime sky has gone permanently dark At this point there is an unexpected twist in the tale, view spoiler as the traveller is horrifed to find himself seized and abducted by a gang of Morlocks However, these Morlocks turn out to be far culturally advanced than the ones he met before The traveller feels the same repugnance for the Morlocks that he did before, but gradually comes to realise that it is the Morlocks who have inherited the world s knowledge and civilisation, and not the Eloi.Stephen Baxter introduces the second main character at this point the Morlock Nebogipfel Here he has appropriated a name which H G Wells used in an earlier short story also about a time machine calledThe Chronic Argonauts. The Time Traveller assumes that Nebogipfel is a vastly important being in this society He is sadly disillusioned to find that, on the contrary, Nebogipfel is a teacher, and not considered very knowledgable at all Because the Morlock has an unusual interest in ancient times and cultures, he was given the task of caring for the Time Traveller After hearing the Time Traveller s own story Nebogipfel explains that the conflict between Eloi and Morlocks never occurred, because ofthe Writerie H G Wells s publication of the story which becameThe Time MachineA neat little joke there on the current author s part But it therefore followed that Weena would be impossible to locate, because the timeline he sought to go to was now inaccessible hide spoiler There are a lot of definitions and explanations relating to quantum physics, which the reader assumes to be either theoretical or even pseudoscience It is tempting to wonder whether H G Wells himself would have written this sort of hard SF, had he had access to the scientific advancements of the next hunded years It is certainly consistent with the style of his SF novels and stories view spoiler Another example of this is the Dyson sphere which from Nebogipfel s description, the Morlocks in the present timeline have evidently constructed around the inner solar system They use the sun s energy to power it A Dyson sphere is a hypothetical colossal spherical structure, constructed around a star, completely surrounding it, thereby capturing most or all of its power output The Time Traveller is told that descendants of the humans he expected to see do exist, but they live on the sunlit inner surface of the Sphere, while the Morlocks live on the outer shell Eventually the Time Traveller manages to capitalise on Nebogipfel s interest and desire to learn about him, and tricks the Morlock into taking him back to his Time machine, ostensibly so that he can show Nebogipfel how it works The reader is identifying with the Time Traveller by this point, so has a good idea of what will happen next Sure enough, as soon as he can, the Time Traveller reactivates his machine and travels to 1873 to persuade his younger self to stop his research on Plattnerite He had tried to escape alone, but as soon as Nebogipfel realised what he was doing, and much to the Time Traveller s disgust incidentally, he grabbed hold of him to follow him there There follows the sort of scene much beloved by all SF readers, an apparent impossibility due to diverging timelines, where the Time Traveller meets his younger self The author and the viewpoint character call this younger selfMoses , which is the original Time Traveller s name in H G Wells s book The Time Traveller attempts to persuade his younger self to stop his research by using Nebogipfel s appearance as proof that reality is changed by time travel hide spoiler This part of the book is full of wit and gentle humour It is very much in keeping with Wells s writing style, and the stiffness and pomposity of Edwardian characters is well conveyed, amusing both the viewpoint character, reverting backwards from his point in time, and the readers, from ours view spoiler The Time Traveller is stupefied to see an enormous tank pull into Moses s yard, and equally so when the commanding officer on board is not a man but a young woman, Hilary Bond She is accompanied by the Time Traveller s friend Filby, now much older They all seem to knowabout what is happening than either the Time traveller or Moses, and take both of them, plus Nebogipfel, forward to their 1938, where World War I is still continuing Much subdued, the Time Traveller is told that this is partly due to the discovery of time travel, which had been influenced by his work Britain s major cities are all encased in domes, and they are still at war with Germany Baxter s inclusion of domes here is reminiscent of the post world war Bombproofs mentioned as existing in London after the second world war in H G Wells novelThe Shape of Things to ComeAs well as referencing Wells, Baxter also introduces an actual person from history here, an Austrian expatriate Kurt G del, who was considered to be one of the most significant logicians in history In real life, G del made an immense impact upon scientific and philosophical thinking in the 20th century In this novel, the British government hoped to win the war by making use of G del s experiments, to alter Germany s history.Nebogipfel realises and explains to both the Time Traveller and the reader that this is yet another future, resulting from their actions when they met Moses During a bombing raid on London by the Germans, G del shows the travellers that not only does he have a vial of Plattnerite, but also the prototype of a Time Car The Time Traveller and Nebogipfel manage to escape, but Moses is killed in an explosion when he tries to save G del hide spoiler In this section of the book, G del comes across almost as a mouthpiece for H G Wells, as Baxter makes him a prescient character describing what society would be like after the war This is a very bleak and pessimistic view, which seems to be similar to Wells s own view spoiler With no clear plan, the Time Traveller and Nebogipfel are thrust back to the Paleocene, where the time machine is wrecked on a tree They barely survive, and adapt to their new lives in the Paleocene, which seems now to be permanent At one point, the Time Traveller nearly dies because of a bacterial infection, as his body is not adapted to the environment This reminds the reader very much of the ending of H G Wells s novel,The War of the Worldswhen it is the Martians who succumb.Eventually a scouting party from the Chronic Expeditionary Force in 1944 discovers them It is commanded by Hilary Bond, who had investigated human archaeological remains in her time, and deduced from their discrepancy in the fossil record, where the Time Traveller and Nebogipfel would be likely to have arrived Ironically, it transpires that a German Messerschmitt plane has followed them, and it drops aCarolinumbomb, on the site, leaving virtually nothing but devastation hide spoiler This is another example of Baxter s theorising and literary references In our world the bomb would be an atomic bomb, with its nuclear energy produced by uranium In this novel the science is slightly different The suggestion is that the universe of the Time Traveller is not ours, but a slightly different one, consistent with H G Wells s novels In Wells s world, nuclear energy is produced from a material called carolinum, which allows Plattnerite to be produced relatively easily These Carolinum bombs, contrary to A bombs, continue to detonate for years with an eerie purple glow The name carolinum , and the reference to continuous detonation are both based on Wells s novel, which he calledThe World Set FreeProphetically, he wrote it in 1913, and in it H G Wells predicted nuclear weapons of adestructive and uncontrollable sort than the world has yet seen view spoiler Nebogipfel and the Time Traveller return to the devastated campsite, and over the next year and a half, a handful of maimed surviving soldiers including Hilary Bond start a colony which they callFirst LondonNebogipfel insists on repairing the Time Car although the Time Traveller is irritated by what he sees as a useless waste of time As one would expect in a good SF story however, shavings of Plattnerite were somehow acquired to power it on a journey through time The Time Traveller and Nebogipfel travel through fifty million years, seeing First London expand and develop colonies on the moon and in Earth s orbit They also witness extensive human destruction of the Earth s environment, rendering the planet uninhabitable.Eventually they run out of Plattnerite fuel, and wake up to find they are being looked after by aUniversal Constructor , which Nabogipfel has worked out must be a colony of life forms based on nanotechnology Few stars are left in the night sky, because Dyson Spheres have been constructed around many host stars to provide colonies None of the beings who have descended from humans are at all recognisable as life forms to either Nabofgipfel or the Time Traveller, being far distant in time from either The Universal Constructor s goal is to harvest the energy of the sun, using the Plattnerite to build time travel vehicles to travel to the beginning of the universe Nebogipfel, who has been partly enhanced with nanotechnology, works out that this goal will take a million years, a time period which does not seem to signify to either him or the Universal Constructor.The Time Traveller however, sees that it is not necessary to wait for a million years They acquire enough Plattnerite from the Constructors to travel forward a million years in their time machine, to when the Constructors will have finished building their time ships Once there, reality seems to change, and there is clearly a grand plan with different beings or a consciousness which replaces the Universal Constructor Although it is unseeable and virtually unknowable, Nebogipfel and the Time Traveller deduce that the new consciousness seems to haveunderstanding than the Universal Constructor whom it replaces As a consequence, the Time Traveller and Nebogipfel are relocated to 1871, in the Time Traveller s original history Gratifyingly, as the reader suspects, the Time Traveller himself had been the mysterious stranger with the Plattnerite sample Under the alias Gottfried Plattner , he had given the sample to his younger self Because of this, the timelines are consistent, and the history which ends up creating the Constructors and their successors proceeds Nebogipfel, always eager for knowledge and new experiences, leaves the Time Traveller behind to travel with the successors of the Constructors But the story would not satisfy unless it concluded with an attempt to save Weena The Time Traveller makes one final journey forward to a slightly earlier point in 802,701, and in a very exciting episode just manages to save Weena from the death she suffered before But since the timeline must not be changed again, the Time Traveller has to destroy the machine He stays with the Eloi, encouraging them to learn how to farm and to gradually reduce their dependence on the Morlocks for food and clothing, so that they will one day be separate The Time Traveller writes an account of his adventures sealing it within some Plattnerite, in the hope that it would be found at some point in the future He finally records that he plans to go into the world of the Morlocks again, so that he could add an appendix to the story The last sentence of the novel says that no appendix was found hide spoiler Stephen Baxter has written a hugely ambitious sequel, which succeeds on just about every level It captures the voice and style of H.G Wells, as well as being an absorbing and exciting read on its own The characters are engaging throughout, and the development of the Morlocks provide a very neat twist on the original References to Wells s other works, mean that the novel is evenenjoyable

  2. says:

    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 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 forward sci fi adventure Baxter s The Time Ships does seem to be quite popular among his books so I was intrigued to find out how he managed to make a success of it The Time Ships continues directly from the end of The Time Machine where the unnamed protagonist has recently returned to 1891 from his adventures in the far future where he battled Morlocks, witnessed the end of the world, almost get eaten by weird giant crabtrocities etc After a few days home it occurs to him to go back to the future to rescue Weena, the little Eloi girl who befriended him and was carried off by Morlocks for her troubles This is the initial premise to the start of a truly epic adventure in time and space in both past and future directions this time.One missed opportunity about Wells The Time Machine is that the timey wimey paradox is not featured in the book, the story feels kind of linear in spite of the journey to the future and the return journey at the end The science fiction genre, which Wells has helped to give birth to, has developed very far since Wells time, and Baxter has taken full advantage of that subsequent development It is as if Baxter has turbo charged the original book, or perhapsaccurately strapped a FTL drive to it From the Edwardian settings Baxter goes on to incorporate post humanism, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, parallel universes, space elevators and many other modern sci fi concepts The Time Ships does not read like a sequel that Wells may have written it himself It readslike fan fiction written by a scientist and eminent sci fi author Fortunately this time Baxter s science mostly did not go over my head, I certainly find The Time Shipsaccessible than his Xeelee books The plot is completely unpredictable and the occasional illustrations are wonderful, there is even a great anti war message Baxter also makes the time machine itselfbelievableWell, then, this is the essence of my Time Machine, I concluded The machine twists Space and Time around itself, thus mutating Time into a Spatial Dimension and then one may proceed, into past or future, as easy as riding a bicycle We cannot help but interact with History, you and I With every breath we take, every tree you cut down, every animal we kill, we create a new world in the Multiplicity of Worlds That is all It is unavoidableNicely put Stephen Baxter s faux Wellsian prose is a valiant effort though he does not really have Wells finesse with the language He certain overuses exclamation marks in his narratives and dialogue, a habit which I find quite jarring He did quite well with the character development though, at least with the two central character, the Time Traveler and his Morlock friend Nebogipfel no, I won t elaborate on the Morlock friend part The Time Traveller seems to bebadass and pugnacious than I remember from the Wells book Baxter has the advantage of modern science knowledge which he applied cleverly to the story In spite of some stylistic flaws I would rate this book at 5 stars because I had 5 stars worth of entertainment out of it By far the best Stephen Baxter book I ever read and it has made me a regular customer of his

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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.

  5. says:

    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 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 alternate World War I would be a brilliant setting for a novel or series of novels However, the second half of the book is paced rather poorly The time spent in the Paleocene is largely a recapitulation of random guy stuck on an island stories with a Morlock thrown in Even worse, the time spent on the White Earth is just unutterably dull It is full of far too much exposition and absolutely no depiction of the intriguing post human future The subsequent introduction of the titular Time Ships leads to another rather uninteresting stretch The trip back through time to the dawn of the universe is alright, but all the subsequent action is explained poorly, and not in a good way I am sometimes okay with sufficiently unexplained or complex endings, if they provoke thought This, on the other hand, was nonsensical dribble The Watchers are barely explained and in the end prove to be almost completely superfluous Thus, I would say it is best to read the first few sections if you wish to read any of this at all, and then set the book aside Trust me, you will not miss very much

  6. says:

    This sequel to H.G Wells The Time Machine was well done Baxter starts off very much in Wells style but while maintaining the fundamentals of the Time Traveler s character, he swiftly brings the story out of Wells philosophical dystopian mode into the equally philosophically tinged modern idea of multiplicity resulting from quantum mechanics Some of the various histories were just as horrifying as the original world of the Eloi and Morlocks some were Utopian though challenging to our This sequel to H.G Wells The Time Machine was well done Baxter starts off very much in Wells style but while maintaining the fundamentals of the Time Traveler s character, he swiftly brings the story out of Wells philosophical dystopian mode into the equally philosophically tinged modern idea of multiplicity resulting from quantum mechanics Some of the various histories were just as horrifying as the original world of the Eloi and Morlocks some were Utopian though challenging to our ideas of what is important right I particularly liked the fact that view spoiler in the end, Baxter brings the main character back to Wells version of the future hide spoiler A wonderful centennial tribute to Wells

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    is a sequel to The Time Machine, authorised as such by the H.G Wells estate I ve haddealings with the estates of deceased writers in the last week than I can remember from my whole life before the Worldcon I have previously mentioned that I always appreciate the breadth and scope of Baxter s vision the commitment to sensawunda if you like but that he doesn t always succeed in communicating it in a human way to me I thought this book is a sequel to The Time Machine, authorised as such by the H.G Wells estate I ve haddealings with the estates of deceased writers in the last week than I can remember from my whole life before the Worldcon I have previously mentioned that I always appreciate the breadth and scope of Baxter s vision the commitment to sensawunda if you like but that he doesn t always succeed in communicating it in a human way to me I thought this book ticked the right boxes The Time Traveller of Wells novel tries to return to the year 802,701 and save Weena, but gets caught up in the parallel universes of the Many Worlds theory, and visits a number of very well depicted possible futures and pasts along with a friendly Morlock called Nebogipfel Particularly vivid passages are set in a war torn London of 1938, where the exiled Kurt G del is helping the British government, and a Paleocene setting where they become involved in setting up a wildly premature human colony in the past Other bits are a little duller, but the overall plot of time paradoxes, which seems in danger of veering out of control at one point, is wrapped up very satisfactorily Apparently there are lots of references to other H.G Wells stories as well, which I missed due to not being in that fandom Overall I enjoyed it

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    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 isthoughtful andscientifically 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 thethan five hundred page paperback Each book takes the the Time Traveller from a child like understanding of time, to 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 isthoughtful andscientifically 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 thethan five hundred page paperback Each book takes the the Time Traveller from a child like understanding of time, to a sad adulthood where time travel causes only bad futures, and back again to a hopeful place of maturity and wonder.It is not an easy book to start and delves into a lot of scientific digressions that even ardent science fiction fans might not be used to In between the theoretical monologues and eventually, dialogues is a pensive character piece that questions the nature of reality, infinity and eternity While challenging and a bit hard to read at points, The Times Ships is a novel that is exciting, heart breaking and demands to be finished

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    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 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 begin to approach the word bloat infecting Baxter s novel I desperately looked for anything at all, a la Wells, but failed to find any What I found was an endlessly repetitive pseudo explanation of time travel couched in 20th C scientific theory That, and endless descriptive passages True, Baxter does descr4iption very well he even does rationalization of the scientifically impossible well enough to make the impossible seem merely improbable But, if you are also looking for story, with believable characters, you would do well to look elsewhere

  10. says:

    Storyline 2 5Characters 4 5Writing Style 3 5World 3 5An authorized sequel written on the centennial of what is perhaps the foundational science fiction book how does one review such a thing You could ask if it pays proper homage to the original, if it adequately captures the tone of the first, or perhaps if it builds on and betters what was originally there And I ll address all of those in the process of this review My overriding concern, however, when I started reading this, was whethe Storyline 2 5Characters 4 5Writing Style 3 5World 3 5An authorized sequel written on the centennial of what is perhaps the foundational science fiction book how does one review such a thing You could ask if it pays proper homage to the original, if it adequately captures the tone of the first, or perhaps if it builds on and betters what was originally there And I ll address all of those in the process of this review My overriding concern, however, when I started reading this, was whether or not this needed to be situated in the same world as H.G Wells s The Time Machine Was this a story that could have just as easily been told without reference to 1891 London, Morlocks or Eloi Was Baxter using the centennial and reference to the original as an excuse to sell what would otherwise have been an unrelated book And the answer to those questions is a decided No The Time Ships is very much a sequel to The Time Machine but not a sequel that Wells could ever have written That, in fact, was one of the definitive characteristics of this telling Baxter wants to show readers how humanity has progressed in the hundred years since the 1895 Time Machine was originally published And what Baxter can conceive now in contemporary times, was inconceivable in the 19th century.The book starts off in homage Wells s prose is obviously and laboriously emulated and the character of the Time Traveler excellently captured The writing style, however, was there but for the transition, to help us readers make the shift from Wells to Baxter It doesn t take many chapters for Wells s prose to disappear and for Baxter s to dominate It made for a lazy homage and does not throw Baxter into a positive light One of the if not the primary marks of the original Time Machine was the prose, and the most that can be said for Baxter s writing is that it demonstrates how even a capable writer pales in comparison to a truly gifted one The Time Ships issuccessful, however, with the narrator Here, too, this is probably not properly termed homage since Baxter is doing farthan venerating Wells In fact, there is a certain disparaging taking place here not slighting Wells personally, but slighting the 19th century humanity that could come up with the character of the Time Traveler For Baxter knows something that appears to have eluded Wells Wells s Time Traveler was never as noble, as honorable, as open minded as Wells thought him to be Wells s Time Traveler was a man of his own time, and Wells only scratched the surface of what that really meant Baxter, however, can see the 1895 Time Traveler for all his flaws and most importantly, in a way that Wells s never could have from the viewpoint of the end of the 20th century What Baxter decides to do with the Time Traveler is the real heart of the book Baxter is going to make him confront his assumptions and prejudices The Time Traveler is going to have to truly see what a man out of time would have to be There s other aspects to enjoy as well Baxter has grand ambitions with technology and physics, incorporating some of theelaborate and sensational theoretical possibilities into a very readable hard science fiction novel And he stays true to the theme of the original what would you discover if you traveled through time and how would you make sense of it All this is done, as it was in the original, through the actions and perspectives of the Time Traveler.Somehow, despite having 416pages to develop the story, I found that I didn t enjoy the plot of this one any than I had the 104 page precursor That, in part, has to do with the goals of both authors, entertaining plotting not high among them Both Wells and Baxter want to look at humanity The irony with Baxter s twist on Wells s Time Traveler is that Baxter is nofreed from his time than was Wells was his view spoiler Thus though Baxter has the Time Traveler rethink his patriotism, chauvinism, or prudishness he has taken on the identity of a 20th century empiricist Baxter takes the Time Traveler through experience after experience, having him shed his Victorian Gentleman sensibilities, preparing him to be a real man out of time What Baxter does, though, is to sterilize humanity robbing it of culture, values, or the supernatural This is the future of humanity for Baxter, and it is a paean to science And as a thought experiment, it is an idea worthy of contemplating I have doubts, though, that Baxter thought of this as debatable In his efforts to reveal to us the ethnocentricity and naivete of Wells s original narrator to show us what a time traveler would have to become Baxter gives us an ideal that I wouldn t recognize as human And to his credit, Baxter has the Time Traveler voice these same concerns, but it is always further evidence of the Time Traveler s limited mind, of his inability to overcome his ingrained prejudices hide spoiler What results, then, is a main character every bit as trapped by a particular and limited worldview To be able to see that in Wells s Time Traveler is evidence of how a book can achievethan it intended the Time Traveler being muchcomplicated and flawed than Wells intended One gets to see the same thing here as well, only this time the Time Traveler reveals to us the assumptions and ideals of a modern day scientist valuing neutrality and objectivity above all else By the end of this story I thought that time travel and Baxter s vision of humanity were horrors, and I don t think we were supposed to leave with those impressions Still, it is a remarkable book, an ambitious one, but not an overly entertaining one I might have enjoyed the hard science fiction elementsin 1995 Though Baxter does a fairly good job integrating a mind bending science fiction possibility view spoiler the many worlds hypothesis hide spoiler , it is not so novel or strange to me any, and veteran science fiction readers reading this anew today will probably not find it as fresh and inventive as it was twenty years ago

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