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Stephen Baxter


The Time Ships
Year 1995
Publisher Voyager  (HarperCollins)
ISBN 0006480128



The Authorized Sequel to The Time Machine

The Time Traveller has abandoned his charming and helpless Eloi friend Weena to the cannibal appetites of the Morlocks, the devolved race of future humans from whom he was forced to flee.  He promptly embarks on a second journey to the year A.D. 802,701, pledged to rescue Weena.  He never arrives!  The future was changed by his presence .. and will be changed again.  Hurled towards infinity, the Traveller must resolve the paradoxes building around him in a dazzling temporal journey of discovery.  He must achieve the impossible if Weena is to be saved.




'The Time Ships is the most outstanding work of imaginative fiction since Stapledon's Last and First Men, and it is the best possible contribution to The Time Machine centennial year.  I'm almost tempted to say (I know this is blasphemy) that the sequel is better than the original.  After all, it should be, with a hundred years of science and discovery for added inspiration ... This book is the best evidence for reincarnation I've ever encountered.  Welcome back, HG ...'
Arthur C Clarke


Saturn V rocket ascends carrying the Apollo 17 crew



Credit: NASA

Apollo 17 Launch
A Saturn V rocket streaks toward space on the night of December 17, 1972, carrying the Apollo 17 crew, the last astronauts to explore the Moon. Leaving the lunar surface, Commander Gene Cernan said "we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." NASA is striving toward that goal with a bold new Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for renewed explorations of the Moon as well as journeys to Mars and beyond.

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