The Accidental Time Machine

The Accidental Time Machine

Book - 2007
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Joe Haldeman "has quietly become one of the most important science fiction writers of our time" (Rocky Mountain News). Now he delivers a provocative novel of a man who stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime-or many lifetimes. Grad-school dropout Matt Fuller is toiling as a lowly research assistant at MIT when, while measuring subtle quantum forces that relate to time changes in gravity and electromagnetic force, his calibrator turns into a time machine. With a dead-end job and a girlfriend who has left him for another man, Matt has nothing to lose taking a time machine trip himself-or so he thinks.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780441014996
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 15, 2017

Meh. Cheekily average. Not all plot threads settled.
Protagonist lands on several different civilizations ,but he zipped off as just readers just digest the situation. No idea how each civilization fell.
Ending frankly gone down like a lead balloon.
Author frankly deserved only getting nomination and not winning award.

Oct 23, 2016

A fairly imaginative, innovative time travel story without taking the journey onto roads where other writers have already left deep ruts.

Sep 15, 2011

Excellent Sci Fi and I have read most of the masters. Joe Haldeman belongs up there at the top. However...was there a sequel? It kind of ends and needs more.

Feb 13, 2010

I thought this book was pretty interesting and the story compelling... until the last chapter. I am beginning to suspect, having also read "Forever Free," that this author is quite capable of writing an interesting story and putting characters in interesting situations, but in the end seems to resort to really contrived endings that leave me disappointed.

The Forever War was quite good. Read that.

Feb 02, 2010

Most of this is a mildly amusing romp, but the end is terribly disappointing. The central mystery of the story (who paid his bail?) is never resolved, at least not directly or in a way that makes sense. Haldeman has some interesting ideas here, but they never really coalesce into a coherent whole.


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