|About the Book|
In London at the turn of the 20th century, H. G. Wellss time machine mysteriously appears--empty--in a squatters flat. Whence did it come, and for what purpose was it sent? The answers to these questions--though not to an even greater mysteryMoreIn London at the turn of the 20th century, H. G. Wellss time machine mysteriously appears--empty--in a squatters flat. Whence did it come, and for what purpose was it sent? The answers to these questions--though not to an even greater mystery connected with the machines appearance--are contained in a letter written by Wells on May 2, 1946, which falls into the hands of one David Lambert on the eve of the millennium. Lambert, an industrial archeologist, reads the letter foretelling the arrival of the machine and, half convinced the whole thing is a hoax, goes to the address Wells provides, where, at the appointed hour, the time machine materializes. Thus begins Ronald Wrights fine and fantastical novel A Scientific Romance. Romance can refer to an affair of the heart- it can also describe a heroic tale of extraordinary events. In A Scientific Romance, Wright plays on both possible meanings as he weaves a tragic story of betrayal and lost love into a larger narrative of time travel. Lambert, having lost the woman he loved, is reckless enough to test Wellss machine himself, catapulting 500 years into the future, where he finds London--indeed, all of England--a deserted, semitropical landscape. As David explores the future, he also sifts through his own past, creating in this Möbius strip of time and relationship a chilling cautionary tale about the limits of science and human ambition.