Classification: Past and Future Time Travel
The Time Ships is the unofficial sequel to H.G. Wells’ famous novel, The Time machine.
Written more than a century after the original was published, The Time Ships directly continues where The Time Machine stops: The Time Traveler goes back to the year 802,701 to save his Eloi friend, Weena, from the bestial Morlocks. But the plot does not stop there: the Time Traveler continues his journey through time, visiting the year 1939 (the future from his perspective – remember, his present is 1891!), his own past (the year 1873: where he meets his younger self), the deep past (50 million BC!), an alternate reality of 1891, the far future again, and back and forth.
This book is a celebration for any time travel lover: the protagonist travels to the far future and the distant past, back and forth and back and forth, each trip being very different from the other, and yet all trips are highly imaginative and very original. Furthermore, it successfully captures the style and the ‘feeling of wonder’ created by the original – no simple feat! The only difference being that The Time Machine is hard-core science fiction (unlike the original), and as such, uses modern concepts and goes much more deeply into the underlying quantum physics than the original. This does not conflict with the story, but in fact greatly enhances the plot. To be fair, H.G. Wells couldn’t have written anything about quantum physics or Dyson Spheres in the 19th century without using a time machine himself!
In summary: fantastic! Certainly a must for lovers of the genre. I’m quite confident H.G. Wells himself would’ve liked the novel, and would’ve been proud to call it a sequel to his own work.
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Tags: Alternate reality, Dinosaurs, Future, H.G. Wells, Past, Time machine