|interior illustration from the first publication|| || “The Man Who Could Work Miracles” |
by H.G. Wells
First publication: The Illustrated London News, special summer number, 1898
When George McWhirter Fotheringay discovers that he can work miracles by sheer force of will, the results are wont to bring unexpected consequences, leading to one final miracle that invokes time travel.
As he struggled to get his shirt over his head, he was struck with a brilliant idea. “Let me be in bed,” he said, and found himself so. “Undressed,’ he stipulated; and, finding the sheets cold, added hastily, ’and in my nightshirt—ho, in a nice soft woolen nightshirt. Ah!” he said with immense enjoyment. “And now let me be comfortably asleep . . .”
No Time Travel. Move along.
Dix mille ans dans un bloc de glace by Louis Boussenard [long sleep ]
10,000 Years in a Block of Ice
“The Hour Glass” by Robert Barr, San Francisco Call, 15 May 1898 [ghost story ]