THE TIME SHIPS. [London]: HarperCollinsPublishers, . Octavo, boards. First edition. The author's sixth novel, a sequel to the TIME MACHINE by H. G. Wells. "Baxter's finest single early work ... [It] won a John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1996, as well as the Philip K Dick Award, the latter given ... for the book's later publication in the U.S. in paperback ... Based explicitly and with the approval of his estate on H. G. Wells's THE TIME MACHINE (1895), this sequel ... confirms the sense that Baxter is almost certainly the premier current author of the scientific romance, and that –- like his great predecessors in the form, Wells, Olaf Stapledon and Arthur C Clarke (with whom he has collaborated) –- he tends most naturally to work out the implications of his tales through long-breathed evolutionary perspectives; that he is pessimistic about how likely it is that the human race is destined to triumph, either on this planet or abroad; that he is uncomfortable with the model of the competent man central to twentieth-century American hard SF; and that he has a sweet-tooth for the eschatological climax." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-86. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#125931).