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The Accidental Time Machine

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

interesting

Time travel is a common theme in science fiction, providing authors an opportunity to explore multiple future scenarios and the possible consequences of moving back and forth in time. In this book, the author, an MIT professor, tells of a graduate lab assistant who disc...
Time travel is a common theme in science fiction, providing authors an opportunity to explore multiple future scenarios and the possible consequences of moving back and forth in time. In this book, the author, an MIT professor, tells of a graduate lab assistant who discovers that an apparatus he has built for quantum research travels into the future every time he activates it. Moreover, it takes anything connected to it along and each jump is exponentially further into the future. Unfortunately, not much is made of the possible impact of this travel (although in one future the student discovers that someone else has taken credit for his "discovery") and the imagined futures are dreadfully dull. The protagonist spends way too much time in a future where religion has become accepted as science, including at MIT. Haldeman fails to use his MIT connections to to explore the quantum physics that could theoretically make time travel possible.

posted by Maria_of_amor on August 20, 2009

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Don't waste your time!!

I started skimming the book after several chapters just to get through it faster and almost stopped reading altogether more than once. Fairly unimaginative. The protagonist is annoying and self-righteous. His "adventures" are run of the mill at best. I expected some hum...
I started skimming the book after several chapters just to get through it faster and almost stopped reading altogether more than once. Fairly unimaginative. The protagonist is annoying and self-righteous. His "adventures" are run of the mill at best. I expected some humor based on the book's description and title, but the only thing you'll laugh at is the idea that someone actually bothered to publish this book.

posted by 2022868 on October 7, 2009

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