THE ACCIDENTAL TIME MACHINE by Joe Haldeman. New York, NY; Ace; 2007. 1st edition, 4th printing.
Grad-school dropout Matt Fuller is foiling as a lowly research assistant at MIT when, while measuring subtle quantum forces that relate to time changes in gravity and electromagnetic force, his calibrator disappears - and reappears, one second later. In fact, every time Matt hits the reset button, the machine goes missing twelve times longer.After tinkering with the calibrator, Matt is convinced that what he has in his possession is a time machine. And by simply attaching a metal box to it, he learns to send things through time - including a pet-store turtle, which comes back no worse for wear.With a dead-end job and a girlfriend who has left him for another man, Matt has nothing to lose by taking a time machine trip himself. So he borrows an old car, stocks it with food and water, and ends up in the near future - under arrest for the murder of the car's original owner, who dropped dead after seeing Matt disappear before his eyes. The only way to beat the rap is to keep time-traveling until he finds a place in time safe enough to stop for good. But such a place may not exist.
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