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Story is about a man who possesses a very high IQ and is accepted to a space station (planet?) where others like him also live. He is able to travel back in time and watch the battle of Hastings. He questions why he is there

  • How old is the story? – user14111 Jan 5 '16 at 23:36
  • Written in the 60's. Maybe Simak, Sturgeon, Silverberg – Hugo Jan 5 '16 at 23:38
  • He time-travels from his space station to the Battle of Hastings? Does he time-travel under his own power, or does he have a time machine? – user14111 Jan 5 '16 at 23:41
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    He uses a machine to view what happened in any past event – Hugo Jan 5 '16 at 23:51
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Sounds quite a bit like Macroscope by Piers Anthony.

As Sean Duggan points out there may not be anything about the Battle of Hastings in Macroscope (been a while since I read it) but the remaining elements are a close match so it's at least worth checking out. It's a fun book by Piers Anthony in his prime

  • Hello, and welcome to the SF&F Stack. Could you please expand your answer a bit by explaining why you think this might be the answer? – SQB Jan 6 '16 at 11:22
  • It looks like a decent match to me. There's a space station, a genius, a device to look back in time. The only missing factor is that I see no mention of the Battle of Hastings in plot summaries. – FuzzyBoots Jan 6 '16 at 12:25
  • If you can actually add mention of the matching details in your answer, you run a good chance of getting that downvote reversed. :) – FuzzyBoots Jan 6 '16 at 14:51

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