The Time Machine

The Time MachineI Ve Had A Most Amazing Time So Begins The Time Traveller S Astonishing Firsthand Account Of His Journey , Years Beyond His Own Era And The Story That Launched HG Wells S Successful Career And Earned Him His 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 Hopesand 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 , 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

Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine 1895 , The Island of Dr Moreau 1896 , The Invisible Man 1897 , and The War of the Worlds 1898.Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free as opposed to indiscriminate love He continued to openly have extra marital liaisons, most famously with

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  • Paperback
  • 118 pages
  • The Time Machine
  • H.G. Wells
  • English
  • 27 February 2018

10 thoughts on “The Time Machine

  1. says:

    Returning to a novel you liked years ago is often a risky business, particularly so when the genre of that novel is science fiction Nothing can age so rapidly as the past s conception of the future, and what once seemed cutting edge may, after fifty years or , appear simply ludicrous.Because of this, I was delighted to find H.G Wells at least as charming and exciting as I remembered it, the Time Traveler s scientific lecture still intriguing, the journey he describes still convincing, and the sociological history he reveals to us of the evolution of the two races, the Eloi and the Morlocks, still as persuasive as it it was in 1895 Okay, I admit, not quite as persuasive as evolutionary biology, but given the rising gap between the rich and the poor still compelling as a parable and cautionary tale Although I remembered vividly both the origin and appearance of the Eloi and the Morlochs, I had forgotten much of the rest, and what I forgot made the book even better 1 the delightful clarity of the Time Traveler s exposition to his audience of dinner guests about the nature of time as a dimension and the possibility of traveling through it, 2 the vivid description of the time trip itself, a flickering cinematic style vision, 3 the brutal destruction of the future of the English countryside, brought about by the Traveler s reintroduction of fire, and 4 the end of his journey in a dying world of the far future, and the almost religious tone of his musings.What was most clear to me, however, is how artfully H.G Wells here combines scientific speculation, sociological parable, compelling adventure, and philosophical meditation He both informs and delights, while never wearying his reader, in this book that is less than half the length of most of the first volumes of our current speculative fiction trilogies.Still a classic, and one that our contemporary writers would do well to emulate.

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    One of the most difficult courses I took in college was a class called Sociological Theory The professor was either brilliant or a total nut, I m still not sure, and one of the questions for our final exam was actually Why Use diagrams to support your response.Ugh, ugh, ugh I walked out of that class with a B and I kid you not, I have never worked so hard for a B in my life I pity the one guy in my class who walked away with an A and don t even want to think about what his social life was like during that semester because I know mine was down the tubes.At one point, the kooky prof mentioned The Time Machine as some interesting but not required reading to pick up on the side But since he already had us reading upwards of 1,000 pages a week and we were required to hand in a 7 10 page paper every Monday just for the one class , I was like, screw you H.G Wells can kiss my ass And that s the funny thing about regret Because now I m wishing I d have made time in my busy schedule to read it Maybe I should have blown off another class for a couple hours so I could have read The Time Machine And then I could have thought about it in a state of mind that was open and receptive to what was being said and layering it with some weird, academic extrapolations and connections the kind professors slurp up and it would become something ultra meaningful and profound Or something But no, I read it now At age 29 Because I was dragging my feet and didn t feel like finishing the book I m supposed to be reading about Al Qaeda And so the entire time I was reading it, I was like, hm, interesting If I was a younger person and still remembered the specific details about theories I studied in my past life as a student, the ideas in this book would have given me a nerd brain orgasm And hot diggity damn This book would have made a fantastic paper for my Soc Theory class By referencing several schools of sociological thought and combining those with discussions of evolution, social deconstruction and combining all that with the social norms of Victorian peoples that would have knocked that prof s socks off So anyway I liked this book okay I m really not a huge science fiction fan and that aspect probably kept me from getting into it as much as I could have given its potential for creating nerd brain o s Plus, it was only 90 pages long It s hard to really get into something that s that short Parts of the story felt like they weren t fleshed out enough and Wells seemed to have skimmed over several scenes that shouldn t have been skimped on But then I found out that his original intent for this story was to turn it into a full fledged novel but that just never happened due to some financial burdens and it sort of made sense.The basic plot revolves around a Victorian gentleman and his theories about time travel To prove them, he builds a machine and travels 800,000 years into the future where he befriends a group of people, the Eloi, who are descended from modern human beings They are much shorter, childlike people who only eat fruit and spend most of their day playing games They have no concept of work, they have no critical thinking skills and are incapable of logical reaction to problems They are also terrified of the dark After spending a few days with them, the Time Traveler discovers another distinct species, also descended from modern man but of a much sinister nature This second group lives underground, only comes out at night, is a bit cunning than the gentle people who live aboveground and this group is also extremely predatory in that they cannibalize the Eloi These are the Morlocks The Time Traveler has several adventures during his time spent amongst the Eloi and the Morlocks and towards the end of the story, Wells makes some fairly blatant comparisons between the Eloi and the ultra rich of our own society If they spend their entire days being attended to by others, they will lose the ability to care for themselves and if they re not careful, over the course of time and evolution of the species, they could turn into the Eloi, a group of wimpy wimpsters upon whom a life of privilege has backfired.

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    Surely an oversight that I hadn t read H.G Wells The Time Machine before now By all accounts, this is the original time travel story Still, social class and how technical innovations change humanity are central to the story than whether the narrator was actually able to travel to 802,701 AD Ever since, time travel stories have been about exploring the possibilities of the present rather than some far flung future or past This novella was sometimes clunky but it was written in 1895 , but I found it a quick and fun read which continues to be thought provoking And it has a solid ending

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    The Time Traveler invites over his friends and tells them of his theories about time traveling The next day when his friend returns he stumbles in late and then tells them a tale about his journey through time I really admired the writing though it may be dry or dense for some, I think I ve been reading long enough that it wasn t too much of an effort to read through this one The premise was interesting and I was anxious for the Time Traveler when he was recounting his journey to get back to the present so the story did draw me in Some of the social commentary felt quite questionable and pessimistic though I enjoyed reading it though, it s not very long and it was interesting Towards the end of the Time Traveler s journey I got a little bored but the ending was really good, I appreciate an open ended ending that lets you keep imagining what happened.

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    I like science fiction that makes me imagine Ray Bradbury s writing is a fantastic example His fiction is imaginative yet, it remains speculative Nothing feels forced or impossible The Time Machine, on the other hand, feels synthetic and false I just could not buy into the story here It is so very underwhelming It s one of those pieces of writing in which the idea behind it causes the work to be celebrated but the actual thing itself, the language, the plot and the characters, are as dull as dishwater It is mechanical, clunky and overly descriptive There are long drawn out sections on scientific theory and mathematical formula All in all, it s just not very engaging As such I found it near impossible to invest in the story I did not care about the characters and, for me, this is one of the most important things I look for in fiction I need to be able to sympathise and relate to what the characters are going through otherwise the work feels cold and passionless I may as well read a plot summary in such cases because the work creates nothing for me it feels cold In the case of the The Time Machine I simply did not care how it ended or even how it began I just wanted it to be finished For me, this is a classic case of a great idea done badly.

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    A Victorian era scientist calls together a group of men and tells them of his recent adventure, a trip through timeI had intended to participate in a reading of this with the Distinguished Society of Pantless Readers but once I had a taste, I wolfed the whole tale down in one sitting.The Time Machine is probably the first time travel story and definitely a spiritual ancestor of every time travel story since The nameless time traveler whips up a time machine and travels through time What could be simpler The Traveler goes to the year 802,000 and encounters the descendants of man, the Eloi and the Morlocks Wells uses the Eloi and the Morlocks to illustrate the class differences in his own time but the Traveler s speculation on the haves and have nots sounded very familiar, a nice bit of timeless social satire After some misadventures, he returns home and no one believes him To show those assholes, he goes on another jaunt and was never head from again At least at the time of the Time Machine s publication.The Time Machine broke a lot of new ground It was probably the first time travel story and it could be argued that it was both the first dystopian sf story and the first Dying Earth tale It s also not much of a stretch to call it an ancestor of the planetary romance genre as well There s not a lot separating The Traveler from John Carter of Mars, if you think about it.While there s a lot of fun timey wimey stuff going on, Wells prose isn t easy to digest Part of it is the writing style of the time and another part is that science fiction was still in diapers at the time this was written Wells depiction of future Earth was a very memorable one, one that influenced countless authors that came after Adjusting for the time period, The Time Machine is a fun yet somewhat difficult read Four out of five Sonic Screwdrivers.

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    An EXCELLENT adventure Ok, so I m sort of ashamed of myself because I thought this was a graphic novel of The Time Machine, and I was planning on using it to cut corners As in, I want to read the story, butnot really And I didn t flip through this before snagging it at the library.Well, this is the graphic version in the same way that Dr Seuss is a graphic version of a story Basically, this is a picture book for the 6 and up crowd who are just learning to read and need the story dumbed waaaaaay down for them.So yeah It was pretty much right on my level.Regardless, this would be a good way to introduce kids and or lazy fuckers like myself to classics.

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    The Time Machine is a true classic Originally published in 1895, H G Wells short novel of time travel is one of the most beloved works in all of science fiction Back when I was a twelve year old, I vividly recall watching the 1960 film with Mom and Dad at the local movie house Traveling through time with the turn of the century scientist as he encounters first the Eloi and then the Morlocks proved to be among my most powerful childhood experiences As I m sure was the case with thousands of viewers, after reading the short novel, I discovered the book was actually better than the movie I just did do a reread and my judgement is confirmed the book is truly outstanding, worth a read or reread by both those new to science fiction as well as avid fans of the genre SF Masterworks wisely published the novel as a stand alone and also combined with the author s The War of the Worlds The tale is told as a frame story, that is, the narrator is one of five guests in the home of a British gentleman referred to as the Time Traveller One evening the Time Traveller shares his ideas about time and space and then displays a model of a device the size of a small clock he claims can move through time After the Time Traveller places the finely crafted model on his desk next to his lamp and flips a switch, all the guests are astonished when the little time machine vanishes At their next meeting, the guests are taken aback when the Time Traveller enters the room pale, scrapped and his clothes dusty and dirty He then proceeds to recount his extraordinary experience in the last eight days, an experience mostly focusing on his encounters in the far distant future, in the year 802,701 A.D Firstly, next to a large white sphinx, he is surrounded by a band of small, frail, beautiful, graceful people all with curly hair and wearing tunics and sandals He soon learns they live communally in one buildings and are strict vegetarians eating only a curious futuristic fruit Such a future race prompts the Time Traveller and indirectly the author to pose a number of philosophic questions Is this close resemblance of men and women a consequence of there being no need for physical force or to protect themselves from beasts or enemies Why the sameness in all these people he comes to know as the Eloi children simply miniatures of adults Is individuality a thing of the past What are the reasons for their lack of curiosity and absence of any written language What accounts for the apparent dearth of struggle and suffering Is all what he s seeing the inevitable result of the elimination of class and rank However, as he acknowledges, his general assumptions about the circumstances of their lives proves to be inaccurate But then it happens he discovers his Time Machine is gone Who moved it Where is it now This is but the first in a series of additional shocks the Time Traveller recognizes, although they spend their days eating and chatting together, dancing and playing and having casual sex, the Eloi lack any deep feelings for one another This stark fact is brought home when he watches a helpless woman carried down the river and not one of the Eloi comes to her rescue Undaunted, the Time Traveller pulls her out of the water Her name is Weena, and she and the Time Traveller subsequently form an emotional bond The most shocking revelation there is a second race inhabiting this future world, a larger, ferocious race with white fur and blazing eyes, a race living with their machines under the earth the Morlocks Thus the plot quickly thickens The the Time Traveller grasps the dynamics of this future world, the sinister and disturbing Is all this, he muses, the inevitable outcome of the division of class, the idle aristocrats on one side and the laboring commoners on the other His philosophic assumptions about a future society have been shattered After all, he didn t bring any provisions with him on his time travel since he assumed future peoples would maintain and expand science and technology thereby furnishing him with any needs he might have for things like medicine or clothing And to think, he also took it for granted there would be one and only one future race of humans Who would have guessed the human race would split in two With the appearance of the Morlocks, Wells tale kicks into one of high adventure Along the way, the Time Traveller battles the Morlocks with an iron club and that most decisive part of human development fire Weena places two white flowers in his trouser pocket, flowers he eventually shows his five guests upon his return to Victorian England, flowers that serve as material evidence his time travel is fact not fiction Also worth noting the Time Traveller reports even distant future times One particular account of a race of kangaroo like brutes that have evolved from future humans was deemed too disturbing and cut by the author s editors Yet even without this specific inclusion, what the Time Traveler sees is truly remarkable A classic work of science fiction not to be missed.British author H G Wells, 1866 1946 So, as I see it, the Upperworld man had drifted towards his feeble prettiness, and the Underworld to mere mechanical industry But that perfect state had lacked one thing even for mechanical perfection absolute permanency Apparently as time went on, the feeding of an Underworld, however it was effected, had become disjointed Mother Necessity, who had been staved off for a few thousand years, came back again, and she began below The Underworld being in contact with machinery, which, however perfect, still needs some little thought outside habit, had probably retained perforce rather initiative, if less of every other human character, than the Upper And when other meat failed them, they turned to what old habit had hitherto forbidden H G Wells, The Time Machine

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