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In 1979 Karl Alexander burst upon the literary world with a brash, exciting novel with a unique concept: H. G. Wells, the famous, bestselling author of such sensations as The Time Machine and War of the Worlds had actually invented a time machine.
When H.G. Wells showed his friends his fantastic time machine he never suspected that his college friend, Leslie John Stevenson, was in truth the Jack the Ripper.
But, when Scotland Yard detectives show up at Wells's house looking for Stevenson, he steals the machine and flees to the future1979 San Francisco. Knowing that he was responsible for the infamous murderer’s escape, Wells pursues the Ripper into the future.
Once in San Francisco, Wells realizes that he must now save a city, and a particular lovely young woman, from a new reign of terror at the hands of the feared Terror of Whitechapel.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
KARL ALEXANDER is the author of five novels, including the sequel to Time After Time, Jaclyn the Ripper.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For a science fiction novel based upon an historical figure, the author did little to research historical fact. One glaring mistake is his reference to H. G. Wells' amazement at the invention of the telephone after he time-travels to 1979 San Francisco. The book opens in the year 1893 in London, but after he has made his first 'trip' to 1979 he is overcome by some of the advancements made since 'his time'. The author has Wells pondering the significance of the telephone and all the possibilities it presents for communication. One problem...versions of the phone were already known about and in use as early as 1875, so it's not an invention he should have had his main character be unaware of. I can understand some of the dated plot line as the book was written in 1979, but the writing style is a bit amateurish for someone who has written other novels.