The Accidental Time Machine

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The Accidental Time Machine is a Science Fiction book by Joe Haldeman about a man who accidentally creates a time machine and has some quirky adventures with it. The main problem is that the time machine can only go into the future, and each time he uses it, the stretch of time he jumps doubles. He figures that sometime in the future, someone will create a time machine that can take him back home, so he continues traveling forward and exploring the various worlds in which he arrives.

Tropes used in The Accidental Time Machine include:
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Christian dystopia is ruled by an evil AI.
  • Author Tract: The book contains rants about the evils of Christianity.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Carried out by the Jesus AI with Kill Sats.
  • Civil War: What led to the formation of the Christian theocracy.
  • Church Militant: Used to form a Christian dystopia.
  • Divided States of America: By the 22nd century, the United States is divided down the middle, with sane Jews occupying the west and evil Christians occupying the east.
  • Dystopia: The Christian theocracy in the 22nd century.
  • The Fundamentalist: Everyone in the Christian dystopia.
  • God Guise: An AI pretends to be Jesus and may even believe it.
  • God Is Evil: This is the sentiment expressed by Matt, and certainly seems to be the case in the Christian dystopia if their AI in God Guise counts.
  • Latex Space Suit: Matt and Martha wear these at one point.
  • No Biological Sex: Humans in the future will become like this.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Future civilizations speaking disparagingly of the Christian theocracy.
  • The Plague: A separate time traveler brought influenza into a future with no defenses against the disease.
  • Porn Stash: Matt carts around a future laptop filled with porn. Eventually, Martha looks at it and mistakes it for sex education videos.
  • Stable Time Loop: Matt eventually travels back long before he left, and his grandson becomes Matt's annoying boss, without whose presence he never would have created the time machine.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: The Christian dystopia's role for women. Matt doesn't like it.
  • Terraform: This is done to the moon at one point.
  • Written by the Winners: The Christian theocracy's version of history is a bit different from the modern understanding.