David Lambert, jilted lover and museum curator, discovers the startling news that H. G. Wells’s time machine is about to return to London. Motivated by a host of unanswered questions, Lambert propels himself deep into the new millennium. 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.
Personal and universal, witty and elegiac, this prize-winning novel of conscience and civilization builds to an unforgettable indictment of human arrogance in the tradition of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and the great ‘scientific romances’ of H.G. Wells.