The Time Ships

{5/5} “Each of us, I thought, could do little to change the course of things — indeed, anything we tried was likely to be so uncontrolled as to inflict more damage than benefit — and yet, conversely, we should not allow the huge panorama about us, the immensity of the Multiplicity of Histories, to overwhelm us. The perspective of the Multiplicity rendered each of us, and our actions, tiny — but not without meaning; and each of us must proceed with our lives with stoicism and fortitude, as if the rest of it — the final Doom of mankind, the endless Multiplicity — were not so.”

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter, published in 1995

After a good night’s sleep in his own bed in 1891 the time traveller decides to go back to the future to rescue Weena from the clutches of the Morlocks. But this time the future is different. In the year 657 208 he encounters a very different kind of Morlock, who have created an egalitarian and technologically advanced society. The Morlocks allow him to go wherever he wants on their world — except he can’t use the time machine. This is a sequel to H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine (written about 100 years later). It has some fascinating speculation about the descendants of humanity and the nature of reality.

I previously reviewed Baxter’s novel Conqueror.

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