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‘Time Travel’ tours a fascinating fiction

New book focuses more on fantasy than real science

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8:00am, January 8, 2017
Timey wimey

TIME MACHINE  The TARDIS, disguised as a police phone box, is the time machine used by Doctor Who, one of many examples of fictional time travelers described by James Gleick in his book Time Travel.

Time Travel
James Gleick
Pantheon, $26.95

It’s kind of daring to write a science book about something that — you must remind your readers — doesn’t exist. That’s James Gleick’s task in Time Travel, an engaging and entertaining look at science that will always remain fiction.

It’s lucidly written, a breeze to read and erudite in assessing a vast range of literary and popular media treatments of time travel as dream and desire. Gleick starts with, and often returns to, H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, the book (and later films) that introduced the concept of time travel in its modern science fiction sense.

Much of Gleick’s account focuses more on time than travel, though —&thinsp

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