It is 1999, and David Lambert, jilted lover and museum curator, is about to discover the startling news of the return of H. G. Wells's time machine to London. Motivated by a host of unanswered questions and innate curiosity, he propels himself deep into the next millenium. As he sets foot in the luxuriant but menacing new landscape, he soon begins to explore the ruins of his life, a labyrinth of erotic obsession and remorse involving his old friend Bird, and Anita - the beautiful, eccentric Egyptologist they both loved, mysteriously dead at thirty-two.
A Scientific Romance is a book of surpassing creativity and intelligence, as evocative as it is cautionary.
About the author
RONALD WRIGHT is an award-winning historian, essayist, and the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction published in sixteen languages and more than forty countries. His 2004 CBC Massey Lectures, A Short History of Progress, was a #1 national bestseller, won the Libris Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and was the basis for the Martin Scorsese–produced documentary Surviving Progress. His other bestselling nonfiction books include the BC Book Prize–winning history What Is America?; Stolen Continents, which won the Gordon Montador Award; and Among the Maya. His first novel, A Scientific Romance, won the 1997 David Higham Prize for Fiction and was a Globe and Mail, Sunday Times, and New York Times book of the year. Wright contributes criticism to the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications. He lives in British Columbia.
Other titles by Ronald Wright
A Short History of Progress
Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
The Gold Eaters
Modern Classics Cut Stones and Crossroads
A Journey in the Two Worlds of Peru
Conquest and Resistance in the Americas
What Is America?
A Short History of the New World Order
Cut Stones and Crossroads
An Illustrated Short History of Progress
Home and Away
Time Among The Maya
Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico