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Author: John Lymington
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, 1964

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Genre: Science-Fiction
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Professor Dave Packard has been a respected scientist for thirty years. He believes in time belts and thinks Heaven may be on one of them. World traveler John Brunt agrees to an experiment to find out. It means he'll have to die but Packard says he can bring him back in twenty-four hours. He sits in a special chair and disintegrates.

He revives close to a hundred years later in his old home village. The country around it has been destroyed. He's taken to an interrogator named Peter who treats him like he's crazy. He keeps trying to find out what destroyed the area and if he is in Heaven. He doesn't get any answers.

He runs into an old girlfriend and finds out that men are sterile and take pills to stay that way. He keeps hoping that Packard can really bring him back. He's convinced he's dead but isn't so sure this is Heaven. It's getting to be more like Hell.

The title comes from a cartoon of the world driving a car that's out of control racing down a slope heading for an abyss. The caption is, "The Fluid's Running Out Of My Brakes!"


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