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The Man Who Saw the Future   By: (1904-1977)

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The Man Who Saw the Future by Edmond Hamilton is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey across time and space. Set in a not-too-distant future, the story revolves around a brilliant but reclusive scientist named Andrew Darian. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Darian invents a revolutionary device that allows him to glimpse into the future, an ability that is both fascinating and disconcerting.

Hamilton's narrative style is skillful, creating a palpable sense of tension and suspense throughout the book. The pacing is well-balanced, with the plot gradually unfolding to reveal the intricacies of time travel and the implications it holds for humanity. The author's attention to detail is commendable, providing a realistic and immersive experience for the reader.

The characterization in The Man Who Saw the Future is praiseworthy. Darian is portrayed as a complex character, a man burdened by the weight of his knowledge and the ethical dilemmas it presents. His internal struggle to reconcile scientific curiosity with the moral consequences of tampering with time adds depth to the story. The supporting cast is also well-developed, each playing a crucial role in driving the narrative forward and offering unique perspectives on the unfolding events.

One of the book's standout aspects is its exploration of the philosophical and ethical implications of time travel. Hamilton deftly delves into themes of free will, destiny, and the unpredictability of the future. Through Darian's experiences, the reader is prompted to ponder the consequences of altering the course of events and the delicate balance between observing and interfering with time.

The world-building in The Man Who Saw the Future is another strength of Hamilton's writing. From dystopian landscapes to utopian visions, the author paints vivid and imaginative scenarios of various future timelines. These rich descriptions add an extra layer of immersion to the reading experience, making the story feel all the more tangible.

However, the story does have a few minor shortcomings. At times, the plot becomes convoluted, with multiple threads intertwining and occasionally causing confusion for the reader. Additionally, some sections of the book feel slightly rushed, giving the impression that certain aspects could have been further explored or fleshed out.

Overall, The Man Who Saw the Future is a thrilling and intellectually stimulating novel that will captivate fans of science fiction and time travel. Edmond Hamilton's masterful storytelling, combined with complex characters and profound philosophical themes, make this book a riveting read. Despite its minor flaws, the narrative remains engaging and thought-provoking until the very end. It is a worthwhile addition to the genre, leaving readers pondering the mysteries of time long after the final page.

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A Classic Reprint from AMAZING STORIES, October, 1930

The MAN who SAW the FUTURE


Jean de Marselait, Inquisitor Extraordinary of the King of France, raised his head from the parchments that littered the crude desk at which he sat. His glance shifted along the long stone walled, torchlit room to the file of mail clad soldiers who stood like steel statues by its door. A word from him and two of them sprang forward.

"You may bring in the prisoner," he said.

The two disappeared through the door, and in moments there came a clang of opening bolts and grating of heavy hinges from somewhere in the building. Then the clang of the returning soldiers, and they entered the room with another man between them whose hands were fettered.

[Illustration: Illustrated by MOREY]

He was a straight figure, and was dressed in drab tunic and hose. His dark hair was long and straight, and his face held a dreaming strength, altogether different from the battered visages of the soldiers or the changeless mask of the Inquisitor. The latter regarded the prisoner for a moment, and then lifted one of the parchments from before him and read from it in a smooth, clear voice.

"Henri Lothiere, apothecary's assistant of Paris," he read, "is charged in this year of our lord one thousand four hundred and forty four with offending against God and the king by committing the crime of sorcery... Continue reading book >>

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