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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine (1895)

by H. G. Wells

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Still very readable and not too long. From what I've heard it's also the first time travel story that has ever been written - though I kinda doubt it. But it might be the first book where someone builds a time machine, which is in itself pretty cool. ( )
  newcastlee | Dec 30, 2017 |
I have some mixed feelings for this book; There are a lot of things I like and some things that I dislike about the Time Machine.

This book is not only about using a time machine, made and used by the Time Traveler, but about the future of man-kind and the world itself. H.G. Wells imagines what the world would be like far into the future; When the the Time Traveler uses his time machine for the first time, he journeys to the year 802,701 (he stays on the same land he traveled from but in its future time). When he gets there he's overcome by the differences of the world, and right away meets a strange group of humans (the Eloi).

There are ultimately two kinds of people he discovers : the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi are small, peaceful humans who live above ground and have a sort of child- like feel to them. The Morlocks are white ape- like humans who live underground and dwell in the shadows. The Eloi and Morlocks are almost completely opposite of each other.

The Time Traveler spends most of his time observing these people, learning their culture and even befriends one of the Eloi ( a female named Weena). He spends most of his time above ground until he realizes that his time machine has been moved and has to fight to get it back.

For a sci-fi book about time traveling, written in 1859, its amazing. This book has inspired and helped clear a path for many writers and sci-fi/ time traveling writings ( and, of course, other forms of art)- that alone is incredible! I just feel that this book doesn't relate to present time very well. The narration was confusing for me at first and while I understand this book isn't really about its characters I wish they could have been a little more developed. I also wish there were some more details and explanations, but this story does well with out them. The story is told upon the time travelers return to his natural time, as opposed to being told as it was happening, which is a little unrealistic and slightly spoiling since you know he's still alive and well to tell the story (and I'd imagine it'd be hard to remember all the moments he shared to his listeners in such great detail after his rough journey back home). Those are the only downfalls IMO, and once I got about 20 or so pages into this story it sucked me right in.

The Time Machine is a fast paced, short story full of interesting discoveries and its a first of its kind. I'm rating this classic four stars because the things that I dislike are small and easy to over look. This really was an overall enjoyable read and I'm so glad that I received it from Owlcrate (a monthly book box subscription). I recommend this to any avid sci-fi and fiction reader. ( )
  Stories_to_live_by | Nov 29, 2017 |
One should always read the original classics and not assume that the bastardised versions of stories we see in popular culture contain a glimpse of the true theme of the original. This I have always known but it still strikes me how arrogant one must be to think that the original is too boring to present it as it was intended! ( )
  madepercy | Nov 7, 2017 |
  SteppLibrary | Sep 27, 2017 |
'The Time Machine' is a classic science fiction from well over 100 years ago, in which a man is stuck travelling into the future after having invented a time travelling machine. In H.G. Wells's story we get a peek at what the could look like at several stages, including into the far future. In this story Wells helps establish the classic science-based speculative fiction nature of sci-fi. 'The Time Machine' is a must read classic for anyone interested in science fiction. Numerous works since have paid homage and hark back to 'The Time Machine'. The story is entertaining and captivating, and I recommend reading it. ( )
  JoshuaMichail | Sep 20, 2017 |
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Wells, H. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian W.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Arvan, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Auer, AlexandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bear Canyon CreativeCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Crofts, ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Michele, RossanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, Paul E.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mayes, BernardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McLean, StevenNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mugnaini, JosephIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliva , RenatoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagetti, CarloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priestley, J. B.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble.
Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.
Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change. Only those animals partake of intelligence that have to meet a huge variety of needs and dangers.
I grieved to think how brief the dream of the human intellect had been. It had committed suicide. It had set itself steadfastly towards comfort and ease, a balanced society with security and permanency as its watchword, it had attained its hopes—to come to this at last. Once, life and property must have reached almost absolute safety. The rich had been assured of his wealth and comfort, the toiler assured of his life and work. No doubt in that perfect world there had been no unemployed problem, no social question left unsolved. And a great quiet had followed.
He, I know—for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made—thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilisation only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end. If that is so, it remains for us to live as though it were not so.
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When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture—now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity—the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.
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“I’ve had a most amazing time....”


So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him the reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.


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The first and greatest portrayal of time travel is printed with a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes.

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