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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine (original 1895; edition 2014)

by H. G. Wells (Author)

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A scientist invents a time machine and uses it to travel to the year 802,701 A.D., where he discovers the childlike Eloi and the hideous underground Morlocks.
Title:The Time Machine
Authors:H. G. Wells (Author)
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2014), 58 pages
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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells (1895)

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“Man had been content to live in ease and delight upon the labors of his fellowman, had taken necessity as his watchword and excuse, and in the fullness of time necessity had come home to him”

How would humans be like in 802701 A.D.? Well H.G. Wells had imagined in 1800’s how they would be. And that is precisely what makes this book a priceless experience.
In short, this Time traveling story depicts the human race evolution which had resulted into two races in that era, the futile and ineffectual leisured class who are being called the Eloi and the Morlock, the working class of some sort.
The story was short but the details which had been illustrated had covered almost everything which were necessary for the purpose of the story.
I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook.

“I had always anticipated that the people of the year 802 thousand AD would be incredibly in front of us in knowledge, art, everything”

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  Milad_Gharebaghi | Jan 14, 2022 |
In this early science-fiction classic, the unnamed time traveller invents a machine that hurtles him 800,000 years into the future, where the banks of the Thames are inhabited by the Eloi, one of two species into which the human race has evolved.
Wells extrapolated forward (far forward) the effect of a society with a persistent division of rich and poor to imagine these species. The capitalist class has become the attenuated Eloi and the workers the subterranean Morlocks. The Morlocks have continued to provide for the Eloi, but the traveller arises as the tables begin to turn. The time traveller concludes that this future state is “a rigorous punishment of human selfishness.”
One unexamined question is the effect his appearance, week-long stay, and disappearance (after crushing the skulls of an untallied number of Morlocks) had on the future relations of the two species. This is symptomatic of the attitude of the time traveller. He goes to observe, out of curiosity; he had no intention of changing the future. Nevertheless, he swerves from this posture after saving Weena, one of the Eloi, from drowning, with the result that she attaches herself to him. This complicates his mission and culminates in exposing her to danger and exerting violence to try (unsuccessfully) to save her from that danger.
I haven’t read enough science fiction to know whether these two traits—-the extrapolation of current trends and the unintended (and/or unexamined) effects of a visitor from another time or place—are characteristic of the genre. I guess I’ll just have to read some more and see. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Dec 3, 2021 |
Much shorter than expected. The protagonist is so detached from events around him it doesn't make for a good story. There are better tales around this subject, even from the same period. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
This is a FANTASTIC book! I had no idea how inventive, how haunting this story is...imagine a time so far in the future that our Sun is going out and the huge lobsterlike creatures who still populate the darkening beaches are slowly dying, or of a future when small, childlike humans are meat for apelike humans. This is a slim and sober book, while at the same time a terrific adventure. If you haven't read it yet, set aside two hours and enjoy it. ( )
  FinallyJones | Nov 17, 2021 |
3.5 stars
A timeless classic. (No pun intended.)

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  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
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Without question The Time Machine... will take its place among the great stories of our language. Like all excellent works it has meanings within its meaning and no one who has read the story will forget the dramatic effect of the change of scene in the middle of the book, when the story alters its key, and the Time Traveller reveals the foundation of slime and horror on which the pretty life of his Arcadians is precariously and fearfully resting...

The Arcadians had become as pretty as flowers in their pursuit of personal happiness. They had dwindled and would be devoured because of that. Their happiness itself was haunted. Here Wells’s images of horror are curious. The slimy, the viscous, the foetal reappear; one sees the sticky, shapeless messes of pond life, preposterous in instinct and frighteningly without mind. One would like to hear a psychologist on these shapes which recall certain surrealist paintings; but perhaps the biologist fishing among the algas, and not the unconscious, is responsible for them.
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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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A scientist invents a time machine and uses it to travel to the year 802,701 A.D., where he discovers the childlike Eloi and the hideous underground Morlocks.

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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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