''The Accidental Time Machine'' is a ScienceFiction book by Creator/JoeHaldeman about a man who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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.
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!!This book has examples of:
* AIIsACrapshoot: The Christian dystopia is ruled by an evil AI.
* AuthorTract: The book contains rants about the evils of Christianity.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Carried out by the Jesus AI with {{Kill Sat}}s.
* CivilWar: What led to the formation of the theocracy.
* ChurchMilitant: Used to form a dystopia.
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: 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 theocracy in the 22nd century.
* TheFundamentalist: Everyone in the dystopia.
* GodGuise: An AI pretends to be Jesus and may even believe it.
* GodIsEvil: This is the sentiment expressed by Matt, and certainly seems to be the case in the Christian dystopia if their AI in GodGuise counts.
* LatexSpaceSuit: Matt and Martha wear these at one point.
* NoBiologicalSex: Humans in the future will become like this.
* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Future civilizations speaking disparagingly of the theocracy.
* ThePlague: A separate time traveler brought influenza into a future with no defenses against the disease.
* PornStash: Matt carts around a future laptop filled with porn. Eventually, Martha looks at it and mistakes it for sex education videos.
* StableTimeLoop: 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.
* StayInTheKitchen: The dystopia's role for women. Matt doesn't like it.
* {{Terraform}}: This is done to the moon at one point.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The book starts in 2057, but most technological advancement is inconspicuous enough for the book to look like it's set very close to present day.
* WrittenByTheWinners: The theocracy's version of history is a bit different from the modern understanding.
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