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Space Machine: A Scientific Romance (Orbit Books) Paperback – Mar 1977


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Futura Publications; New edition edition (Mar 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860079392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860079392
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,065,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Davidson on 19 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book a couple of months ago ..after hearing about this Scientific Romance written by Christopher Priest, written as a homage to H.G Wells. And by God, this book lived up to my expectations !!!
An elegant pastiche of The Time Machine and The War Of The Worlds, written in a Victorian hand reminiscent of Wells, the Space Machine starts off as a seemingly innocent Victorian-era romance then, through a quirk of fate, the two main protagonists are accidentally shot off to Mars and encounter the Martian monsters before their invasion of Earth. This may sound like heresy but I believe that Christopher Priest has surpassed Wells on a number of levels, most notably in describing the alien surroundings of the two main characters Edward Turnbull and Amelia Fitzgibbon with vivid descriptions of the Mars landscape and fascinating descriptions of the humans that inhabit Mars and the monsters that these humans have genetically created. Parts of the book reverberate with a sinister edginess, most notably in the heartbreaking desciptions of the "killing cubicles" that the Martian monsters use to drain human victims of their blood for the monsters cannabalistic sustenance. And who could possibly forget the images of the Thames Valley being clogged with the monstrous red weeds that the monsters bring with them and sow during their invasion of Earth ???
Countless twists also abound in the book. Most surprising (and most definitely enjoyable) is the inclusion of H.G Wells himself (known in the book as Mr Wells) as a third protagonist towards the book's ending !!! Christopher Priest uses the inclusion of "Mr Wells" to great effect, parts of Mr Well's observations read like subtle versions of the fascist mouthings of the Artilleryman of The War Of The Worlds and a comical gem ....
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Format: Paperback
If you not already read the Time MAchine by HG Wells then read it first. Then get this and read it. Wonderfully written by the best British sci-fi writer of modern times.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a surprise present for my husband who had read it a while ago. He thoroughly enjoyed it again as SF is his favourite genre. Thanks to the seller for the excellent condition of the book (used) and a brilliant price!
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By S. Johnson on 29 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sheer brilliance!! If you are a War of the Worlds fan or H G Wells enthusiast, it's worth reading and having in your book collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A charming Victorian Romance with Sci Fi Adventure 10 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first came across this book in 1977 when I was only 19.
From page one I was hooked, starting off seemingly like a Victorian romantic Novel, it quicky becomes a Sci Fi mystery, then high adventure on a planet not to far away from our own.
You won't be able to put the book down as the plot unfolds, and becomes, well...hauntingly familiar.
Do try it !
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A MUST HAVE! 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! There are so many things to like about it...
--It's connections to both The Time Machine AND War of the Worlds.
--A beautiful feeling of love a man shows for a woman (from his point-of-view for a change).
--Countless twists and turns.
--True characters, true imagination.
Get a copy and cherish it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very good book 12 Mar 2008
By Rodney V. Bengford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was a bit skeptical when I first got this book. But when I started reading I couldn't put it down. It is kind of a sequel to H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine and Christopher Priest proves true to the originals. I recommend this book to any sci-fi fan.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great book... 27 Feb 2002
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Victorian scientific romance set in the world of the Time Machine and War of the Worlds. A man and woman are shot off into Time and Space to find themselves on Mars before the invasion. Don't worry, I haven't given anything away that the cover of the book won't have. The book is rich in details, in the mystery of Mars and its culture. Everything you could expect from H.G. Wells himself (if he wrote 361 pages).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
charming, gripping, homage to H.G. Wells 16 Sep 2013
By Elizabeth Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love Robert Heinlein, you will love this book. It has a quaintness to it that is not at all hokey- a rarity in science fiction.
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