Time Ships

Time Ships

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Time Ships by Stephen Baxter, Les Edwards

There is a secret passage through time

...and it leads all the way to the end of Eternity. But the journey has a terrible cost. It alters not only the future but he "present" in which we live.

A century after the publication of H. G. Wells' immortal The Time Machine, Stephen Baxter, today's most acclaimed new "hard SF" author, and the acknowledged Clarke, returns to the distant conflict between the Eloi and the Morlocks in a story that is at once an exciting expansion, and a radical departure based on the astonishing new understandings of quantum physics.

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ISBN-13: 9780061056482
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 179,593
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 4.28(h) x 1.43(d)

About the Author

Stephen Baxter is an acclaimed, multiple-award-winning author whose many books include the Xeelee Sequence series, the Time Odyssey trilogy (written with Arthur C. Clarke), and The Time Ships, a sequel to H. G. Wells's classic The Time Machine. He lives in England.

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Time Ships 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
Stephen Baxter's Time Ships is a sequel to HG Wells' classic The Time Machine. Where Wells was crisp, haunting and poignant, Baxter is deep and broad and offers his usual blend of hard core scifi philosophy and science. Time Ships picks up where The Time Machine left off. The Time Traveler (TTT), after getting nothing more than a tepid response to his story of his first trip to the future, rushed headlong back into the future to find and rescue his Eloi friend Weena. Instead of returning to fix the wrongs of his previous time travel experiences, TTT finds himself in a different future, somehow caused by his initial trip. In this new trip, Earth is not the same as expected, and an evolutionarily different kind of Morlock has emerged from a subterra-bound existence to live on the dark side of a gigantic shell around the sun. On this new world, TTT meets his Morlock guide, Nebogipfel. While Nebogipfel initially pushes the boundaries of what TTT has come to understand about Morlocks, he ulitmately pushes TTT in his overall understandings of science, the human condition, evolution and time travel. Nebogipfel identifies a "multiplicity of histories", essentially identifying that there exist multiple disconnected but somewhat parallel threads of history. TTT traveled along one thread in his first trip, and leaped to a different thread his second time. Each of TTT's and Nebogipfel's subsequent trips explores a different thread of history. These trips include a journey to TTT's younger self in London which opens a vast exploration of causality and inherent contradictions and supposed impossibilities introduced by time travel. Their journeys include a jaunt into WWI-era London, in which we find the war effort spending significant resources to develop Time Travel into a serious competitive advantage of the Germans. From there we jump to a version of the Paleocene era, which ultimately becomes inhabited by a small group of a-bomb survivors who launch humanity down a new evolutionary path. Ultimately, we travel to the origins of the Universe... Baxter's writings are filled with time travel and it's related philosophies and science. Evolutionary themes are of also great importance in his stories. I'm a big fan of these themes, and while discussions of time travel take up a lot of space in Time Ships, Baxter only scratches the surface of of his opportunity to address evolution impacted by a multiplicity of histories. Through the first third of the book, I was thinking that Time Ships was a 4-star rating. But most of the final third of the book was dragged down by the weight of time travel theory interplay between TTT and Nebogipfel until the final chapter when TTT was led back on his originial track to find Weena. Baxter nails H.G. Well's tone for the TTT and I can't help but enjoy Baxter's thoroughly explored what-happened-next to Well's characters and themes. The book, overall, is enjoyable. But readers should be prepared to explore the depths of time travel theory while exploring the what-ifs of Well's original classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Baxter's use of the english language is one of the best I have ever seen in print and his imagination is equally as unsurpassed. The 'Time Ships' had me mesmerized from the very first paragraph and continued all the way up until the last sentence. His ability to channel complex physics into a spectacular tale of humanity and its place among the stars is awe-inspiring. He takes the reader beyond the distant future and tosses them into the very farthest reaches of the universe. Then, he brings him back and leaves him far more enriched then when he found him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this a couple of months ago and loved it. Even though it is a large book, I read it in about a week! The way Stephen Baxter writes captures his audience and holds them to the end. This continuing story of H.G. Well's 'Time Machine', carries it's readers through the time traveler's second journey in time. Not only does this book have a good story line, but Baxter is able to explain any phenomenon in his story. An incredible book and I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading 'The Time Ships', and have to say that it has been a while since i had read such a great book. What a great book, comparable to the giants of SF such as Verne, Wells and C. Clark. Sorry if I misspell something, english or other languages are not my strong points. Anyway if you like Classic SF then you will enjoy this awesome book.... Also I believe 100% this story. One of the best i have read in my life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable book that picks up where HG Wells Time Traveler left off. Had a hard time putting this one down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Especially since it was not written by the author and 100 years later. Faithful to wells, his character ( i think developoing him beyond wells skill to do so) and the language of time machine. Fascinating consequences to time travel. Inspired ending. Broadens the imagination
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember reading HG Well's Time Machine for the first time and was entrigued immediately. I've re-read it several times, each time comming to the same conclusion- I wish I knew what happened next. Stephen Baxter did a fantastic job in achieving this, as well as maintaining a similar style of writing as HG Wells. Definitely a 'hard-to-put-down' book, worth reading!