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Title: The Great Time Machine Hoax
Author: Keith Laumer
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Year: August 1965
Special Attributes: 1st Pocket Book printing (stated)
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not ex-library, edge & spine wear, pages lightly tanned
Little did Chester W. Chester IV realize, that uneventful day in 2064, what he was getting himself in for when his great-grandfather finally passed away. Chester was his sole heir but on the surface the estate seemed far from imposing -- a million credits liability in back taxes; a mangy and defunct circus; a white elephant of a Victorian mansion; and the old gentleman's invention, a mammoth computer that took up almost all of the old house.
The Generalized Non-linear Extrapolator (G.N.E. for short, sometimes known as Genie) seemed useless, an idiot savant that knew everything because it had the world's knowledge stored away in its memory banks, but hadn't the foggiest notion of what to do with it.
Or so Chester thought, until he made the mistake of trying to operate it without having read the instruction book.