H. G. Wells The Time Machine (Wisehouse Classics Edition)


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THE TIME MACHINE is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895. Wells is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposely and selectively forwards or backwards in time. The term "time machine", coined by Wells, is now almost universally used to refer to such a vehicle. The book's protagonist is an English scientist and gentleman inventor living in Richmond, Surrey, in Victorian England, and identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller. The narrator recounts the Traveller's lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension, and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it. He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person through time, and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale, becoming the new narrator. . . (more on www.wisehouse-classics.com)

An interesting and still fresh take on time-travel.

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  • An interesting and still fresh take on time-travel.

    The Time Machine (Wisehouse Classics Edition)


    12. October 2017 um 09:57

    The Time-Traveler invites a few of his friends and explains his theory about the 4th dimension and time travel. He shows them a prototype of his time machine and the nearly finished one in his lab.The next time the narrator is invited to the Time-Travelers house he shows up very late and tells the assembled men a strange story about travelling to 802.701A.D. seeing the (presumed) evolutions of men and the adventures he had to face to get his vanished time machine back.I'm not always a fan of Wells works, but I though this one was quite enjoyable. The science and logic that he uses for the 4th dimension is actually pretty much correct, and most of the story seemed pretty sensible.Even though this is (one of) the first time travel stories, his vision of this far future hasn't yet been done to death in popular culture, so it actually felt still quite fresh. I liked the slow start on the adventure, his study of the new men he finds (Eloi) who are weak, small and happy, but dumb. And while the Time-Traveler (there is never a name given, pretty much everyone goes by their occupation) never finds out what happened to the world in all that time, he speculates a lot (a lot of it admittedly falsely too) on the social and economical changes that lead to the state of things. I though the moralizing a little tiring after a while and the implied class split quite condescending from a modern perspective (rich people : dumb and weak, workers: brutal and debased).I thought the exploration and adventure parts where done nicely with a good amount of excitement going on, though the end felt a little anticlimactic, especially since he adds a trip into the even further future to near the end of the world. I have to admit, I'm not quite sure what picture he was trying to paint there, but maybe it has no deeper meaning.In the end I thought it was a nice, fun story.

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