In general I don't care for time travel stories, but this one was different, involving a machine that jumps exponentially further into the future each time it is used...and since it only goes forward, the story avoids what I think are rather dull and overwrought takes on traveling into the past and the attending problems. The book is rather fast paced, and somewhat tame compared to most of Haldeman's work, but well done, with a central character out of classic hard science fiction. This is the twenty-fifth book I've read by Haldeman, and I wasn't disappointed.
This is a very fun time travel story.
Quick synopsis: Matt Nagle is a graduate student at MIT. While building a gravitron emitter he accidentally creates a device that shoots you into the future. Matt soon finds out that the box only moves one way and every jump he makes takes him 12 times farther into the future than the last jump. While jumping forward Matt also accidentally gets blamed for a murder and has to find a way to get back to his original time and undo all the messes he keeps creating.
This is a very fun, sweet adventure story and Haldeman creates several believable future civilizations. A quick and entertaining read I highly recommend it.
A fun time travel novel. The problem with many scifi time travel novels is, the farther you go into the future, the more bleak, lonely & alienated the main character seems, witnessing humans & the planet dying or changing to the point they are unrecognizable. While this does happen in the Accidental Time Machine, the tone is not so depressing.
Matt Fuller is an easygoing character & there is alot of humor in the book. Some parts seem to poke fun at modern culture (e.g. the repressive theocracy and the Ebay-like society, which seemed a direct jab at the stereotype of modern-day Americans). Another thing I appreciated is that Matt has companions traveling through time with him, so he seems a less tragic character.
Joe Haldeman is a master at writing enjoyable sci-fi time travel. Forever War is another good time travel by him. It is more serious than this book and has more action and drama, but is a very thoughtful and enjoyable story.