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From Barnes & NobleRonald Wright's A Scientific Romance looks even further into the past -- all the way back to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine and other futuristic romances from the Wells era. A museum curator named David Lambert learns from an old manuscript of Wells's that the machine was real, and is due to arrive in London at midnight at the turn of the millennium. Lambert waits for the machine -- which arrives empty -- and takes off for adventures in a future England reverted to jungles and barbaric tribes. There's a strong mainstream element to the novel as well, with Lambert interspersing his narrative with memories of an affair with a beautiful archaeologist who died prematurely. This is a first novel from a well-respected writer of nonfiction travel books, and it's a fitting tribute to Wells in this centennial year of The War of the Worlds.