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Very Slow Time Machine, the (1978) [Short Story]
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Summary :

The very slow time machine appeared in 1985. Inside was an insane, raving lunatic, unable to communicate or transmit any knowledge about his condition. When they tried to enter the machine, they failed. No cutting tool worked, and the crazy old man in the machine had no inclinations to open it.

The machine moved in reverse in relation to its occupants. As the world moved forward in time, the man moved backwards. Food regurgitated, he grew younger, his insanity slowly wore away, replaced gradually by calm confidence and sophistication. Obviously, this man was somebody special.

Over the years, a cult following grew around him, reaching a fever pitch. In his honor, mankind grew tempered and wise, waiting the day when the man would exit the machine and send them a revelation. That day would be soon...

Original title: The Very Slow Time Machine
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionScience Fantasy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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