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An Extract from my new book ‘A Space Out of Time’

My intrepid adventures and HG Wells are in the Time Cavern stuck in 1895 trying to find a way back to their world. They have concluded that they need to build a machine like Tesla’s which caused the world to shift in the first place.

Here is an extract from their diaries from A Space Out of Time– available from Amazon on 1st December.

J. is for James’ diary and E is for Elizabeth’s


J.

“So the only way is to build a Tesla Coil and try and reverse what Tesla did.”
“How will you do that?” Elizabeth said.
“Good question.”
I got out my phone and retrieved the photo of the article I’d got at the library on Tesla. It didn’t look easy. I was going to need a lot of gear.
I said, “Where can I get things like wire, cables, insulators and jam jars?”
“You could try a local ironmonger,” said Wells.
“Of course! Worth a try,” I said, “Hope you’ve got lots of money, Wells. Let’s see what I need.”
I went through the article again.
“OK. We need at least ten jam jars for the Leyden capacitors you’re going to make for me, Elizabeth.”
“Ten!” she said.
“Yep. At least. With plastic lids.”
“And if there is no plastic in this world?”
“Anything that isn’t metallic. And, let me think, a box of six-inch nails and brass screws, a screwdriver, a hammer to bang in the nails, loads of tin foil, a few yards of thin copper piping and about – oh, I don’t know – about 50 yards of insulated copper wire. And a wooden block and a round wooden post about three-foot-long and six inches in diameter.”
“I now understand how our garage became the way it is.”
“If my garage was here we wouldn’t need to go shopping. Now what else? Oh, yes, and a high voltage power supply. And, since I’m a complete coward, a very long wooden stick to poke it with. I can’t think of anything else. Can you?”
“How about some matches?” she said.
“What, to set light to it? That’s a bit unfair, I’m trying to get you home.”
“No, James, to light the candles after we have short-circuited the whole of Midhurst’s electrical power supply and need to find our way out of here.”
It was a good job someone remembered the important things.
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E.
When Mr Wells and James entered the ironmongers, I was immediately treated to the spectacle of the antics of two small boys who have been let free in a toy shop without restraint. It was not without considerable effort that I managed to distract them from the gadgets and objects in what James described as an Aladdin’s Cave of things he hadn’t realised he needed, and forcibly direct them to the items we required.
Eventually, after much discussion with the proprietor, which included a long discourse on the decline in quality of materials caused by the cheap imports of barbarian goods, we acquired the metals and woods for James’ experiment. However, there then arose the question of their conveyance to the cavern for there was more than we could carry.
It was at this point that I must have succumbed to the beginnings of a brain fever for I found myself agreeing with James that an old rusty perambulator propped up against the corner of the shop would be adequate for our needs.
My illness did not become apparent, however, until while walking back along the main road pushing the perambulator, an elderly lady stopped us and berated my husband for buying his wife such a dilapidated carriage for our new born child. James forgot himself and his manners and told her it was perfectly adequate and to mind her own business. An argument then ensued which drew in several other women who proceeded to discuss the frugality and selfishness of husbands and fathers. When, in the hope of ending this discussion, I protested that we did not have a baby, the women’s attention turned to me and in a most unsavoury manner demanded to see the child to assess its welfare. Unfortunately, as James tried to manoeuvre the carriage around them to escape, a wheel fell off and in the process spilled the entire contents of the carriage onto the pavement.
There then followed a terrible commotion amongst the women as they tried in vain to recover the non-existent child from the materials strewn across the road.
It was at this moment that the brain fever must have taken fully hold for I fainted.
When I recovered, I found myself in bed with James by my side holding my hand and looking very apologetic. After some close questioning, coupled with a considerable amount of evasion by he whom I sometimes refer to as the love of my life, I discovered that after repairing the wheel they had placed me in the perambulator and pushed me back to the hotel.
The vision of the Squire of Hamgreen’s daughter plonked in a small cart with legs and arms trailing akimbo, like an intoxicated doxy after a successful afternoon, and pushed in a cart through the streets of Midhurst in broad daylight by two men caused me, I am afraid to say, to faint again.
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J.
I thought it best not to use in my defence that she was too heavy to lift and carry back to the hotel and that the pram seemed a good idea at the time. Nor to ask her to thank us for sacrificing all the equipment we had bought to bring her back to the hotel safely.
And certainly, not to mention that the wheel fell off again and that it required four strong men to lift the pram with her in it while we reattached the wheel.
In fact, I thought it best to stay very quiet, bring her lunch to the bedroom and sit in the corner studying intently the intricacies of nineteenth century wallpaper.
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E.
I should record that I am normally of a reasonable and sound constitution and not prone to fainting fits, unlike some ladies I have known who have used it to their advantage with male companions or to escape from embarrassing situations. However, I can only say the state of unconsciousness saved me from a rather severe argument with Captain Dunderhead in which I may have used words which I later regretted!
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The 4th Book of the Time Travel Diaries out on Friday 1st December

createspace3A lot of strange things have been attached to Nikola Tesla on the internet including time travel and communications with Mars.

One such story supposedly recorded by a New York Herald reporter in March 1895 is that Tesla while conducting an experiment was nearly electrocuted and had an “Out of time” experience where he could see a little way into the future and the past.

However, what is fact is that in the early morning hours of March 13, 1895 the South Fifth Avenue building that housed Tesla’s lab caught fire.

It started in the basement of the building and was so intense Tesla’s 4th floor lab burned and collapsed into the second floor.

By coincidence, perhaps, H G Wells published his “Time Machine in the same year. This gave me an idea for a story for my intrepid adventurers.

In my new book “The Space Between Time” to be published on 1st December, Nikola Tesla while working on his electrical resonant transformer accidentally causes a massive electromagnetic pulse which shifts time into an alternative parallel world. However, only a few people noticed the difference.

H G Wells is one of them of course and decides the only way to return the world to normality is to call again on the services of James and Elizabeth. Naturally they’d rather have a peaceful life but as usual Wells makes sure they no option but to help.

I hope you will you enjoy it.

Bruce Macfarlane

 

4th book of the Time Travel Diaries will be available 1st December.

createspace3

A lot of strange things have been attached to Nikola Tesla on the internet including time travel and communications with Mars.

One such story supposedly recorded by a New York Herald reporter in March 1895 is that Tesla while conducting an experiment was nearly electrocuted and had an “Out of time” experience where he could see a little way into the future and the past.

However, what is fact is that in the early morning hours of March 13, 1895 the South Fifth Avenue building that housed Tesla’s lab caught fire.

It started in the basement of the building and was so intense Tesla’s 4th floor lab burned and collapsed into the second floor.

By coincidence, perhaps, H G Wells published his “Time Machine in the same year. This gave me an idea for a story for my intrepid adventurers.

In my new book “The Space Between Time” to be published on 1st December, Nikola Tesla while working on his electrical resonant transformer accidentally causes a massive electromagnetic pulse which shifts time into an alternative parallel world. However, only a few people noticed the difference.

H G Wells is one of them of course and decides the only way to return the world to normality is to call again on the services of James and Elizabeth. Naturally they’d rather have a peaceful life but as usual Wells makes sure they no option but to help.

I hope you will you enjoy it.

Bruce Macfarlane

 

The Space Between Time (The Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester)

T2017-04-09-12-19-54he 4th book of The Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester will be out on Kindle on 1st Dec 2017.

In these extracts from the Time Travel Diaries we find the intrepid couple enjoying a peaceful and romantic picnic by the River Rother when a motor launch turns up complete with Mr Wells.
Apparently, a certain Mr Tesla has conducted one of his electro-magnetic experiments which has fractured time and dumped everyone in an alternate world of 1895. The problem is that only few people have noticed the difference.
Mr Wells wondered if James and Elizabeth would like to help.