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HG Wells Or Enrique Gaspar: Whose Time Machine Was First? by Kathryn Westcott, BBC News
BBC News, Wikipedia News  ISBN/ITEM#: CM1104GASPAR
Date: 11 April 2011

Links: BBC News Article / Wikipedia - HG Wells / Wikipedia - Enrique Gaspar /

Unlike today when literary squatters frivolously sue successful authors like JK Rowling for allegedly "stealing" their ideas, one cannot say the same about the descendants of Enrique Lucio Eugenio Gaspar y Rimbau (March 2, 1842 September 7, 1902), a Spanish diplomat and writer. He published El Anacronopete in 1887, more than seven years prior to HG Wells' The Time Machine. And just in case you're interested in reading it, The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey will be translated into English with a scheduled publication date of 2012.

From release/information:

The HG Wells tale of a Victorian gentleman who voyaged through time on a time machine of his own invention was the one that captured the public's imagination - but it was not the first of its kind.

It may surprise science fiction fans to learn that it was a little-known Spanish playwright who gave birth to the idea of time travel via a mechanical contraption.

But Enrique Gaspar's hour may have finally come - his re-discovered novel will feature as one of the highlights of the British Library's first ever science fiction exhibition next month.

And, thanks largely to the persistence of Spanish science fiction fans, El Anacronopete will be translated into English for the first time, as The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey, next year.

The novel was published in Spain in 1887, beating HG Wells' The Time Machine into print by more than seven years.

(Source: BBC News, Wikipedia)

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