“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.
The Time Machine is an example of time travel done right. There are no over complicated explanations and no paradoxes, for the book is not an discussion on how time travel is possible, it is a vision of the future made possible through time travel. It is not really a story about people either, no, the focus of the book is on the possibilities that await mankind.
Wells’ writing is lovely – precise yet vivid. The story is short – around 90 or so pages, which is the perfect length for a story of this nature. There is a simple introduction, then the time traveler’s tale followed by a satisfying conclusion. The plot moves quickly and it is easy to get lost in the story.
The time traveler never comes to any concrete conclusions about the future but develops theories as he learns more. All of his theories are possible futures and I found his thoughts about humanity extremely interesting. To think of the future requires a lot of imagination but also a lot of reviewing the past. You must also be critical of mankind’s flaws but appreciative of the positive qualities, which is not easy to do.The future in The Time Machine is not so hard to imagine and it is extremely easy to relate it to today’s times. I like how Wells’ didn’t paint a picture of a perfect society, but one that is as flawed, if not more so, than ours.
A must read for science fiction fans!