The Time Ships Mass Market Paperback – 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
truly sorry, but I don't know what all the fuss is about.
SB is heralded by New Scientist and no less than Arthur C Clarke
as the next new talent, but I'm at a loss to see why.
'Ring' was completely flat character-wise, 'Titan' a depressing
derge full of more science, descriptive dialog and little else,
and while 'The Time ships' may have been a valiant effort at a
tribute to H.G. why make a novel out of it?
The original story has it's place in SF history, and should be left there.
I don't see how anyone could possibly bring those old cardboard
characters and speculations about time-travel into the modern
era, and make a success of it. SB certainly didn't.
And ACC's quote...."The Time Ships is the most outstanding work of
imaginative fiction since Stapledon's 'Last and First Men'....."
(taken out of context) is just a complete joke !!
Probably the reason why SB gets such rave reviews from New Scientist,
is because he really knows his science, but that alone does not a novel make.
Another annoying thing was the way he opens and closes this novel... He opens it in a way which I felt closes the door for sequels on the original Time Machine Novel. I must say he was Clever.
The major turn off was the building of the story... Causality loops are good sci-fi yes... but to drag out such a loop for 535 pages... in clear description gave me a headache.
The whole intent of this novel in my opinion was to make it so that others who want to write about THE TIME MACHINE can't... because he tried to cover as many plot lines as possible with the Time Traveller. I am not saying Baxter is like Bill Gates... but to try to create a monopoly on H.G. Wells, original fiction is in my opinion bad taste.
The book starts out where Baxter himself... places himself in the novel briefly in the Author's note... He goes to a bookstore and his handed a few manuscripts of old writing. The Prologue starts right where Wells, novel ended with the young man watching the Time Traveller off. The Time Traveller's soul intent was to save Weena... Well he goes forward and notices that something is wrong... I won't give away much more other than... This... Look forward to intelligent Morlocks... Dyson Sphere... the years Moses... (Not Charlton Heston Moses...) Filby... Weena... Bond... (Not James Bond..) Ice planet...Read more ›
Baxter has a way of explaining the concepts of quantum physics and effortlessly weaving these concepts into his stories.
This is a very well-written book that holds together from start to finish, with clever plot-twists and imaginative scenes; I liked it better than the original.
Most recent customer reviews
This is simply an excellent book, I like the way Baxter has striven to mold his story in the way HG Wells would have gone about it, with the benefit of modern views on the universe... Read morePublished on May 29 2002 by Puffin
I read this book in no time at all. It flowed together perfectly. The way Baxter writes, it makes you want to see what happens next. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2000 by Andy P
H.G. Wells told his original time travel tale in just over a hundred pages. Baxter took nearly 600 pages to spin his sequel. This is the only complaint I have for Time Ships. Read morePublished on May 30 2000 by Peter Dykhuis
The Time Ships was the first Baxter book I picked up and boy was I in for a surprise. I can easily say it is one of the greastest books I have read (and I've read a lot of them). Read morePublished on May 27 2000 by Phase
If you like "modern" (for lack of a better term) science fiction, which is often intensely psychological and character-driven, then Baxter is probably not for you. Read morePublished on March 11 2000
Well, well, well. A sequel to HG Wells' Time Machine. The main character starts out after having arrived home from his ordeal with the Eloi and the Morlocks in the future, but he... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2000 by Brian Altmeyer (email@example.com)
Great book, wonderful ideas, and great reading, highly recommend itPublished on Jan. 22 2000 by netkat
Baxter does several wonderful things in this book. First, he does a tremendous job of continuing the tone of Wells' book. Read morePublished on Dec 31 1999