This story is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively. The story reflects Wells's own socialist political views and the contemporary anxiety about industrial relations.
The book's central character is an English scientist and gentleman inventor, identified by the narrator simply as the Time Traveler. The narrator recounts the Traveler's lecture to his weekly dinner guests - explaining 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, and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale.
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H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" is a ground-breaking work of science fiction. He tells the story of "The Time Traveller," who invents a time machine and moves 800,000-plus years into the future, when humanity has split into the ethereal Eloi and the brutal Morlocks. Then his time machine is stolen. The Time Traveller (no name is given) befriends the Eloi, and explores this future world before having to challenge the Morlocks to get back the time machine.
This isn't a rollicking adventure, but an intellectual thought experiment about a possible distant future. If you are counting on lots of action, this isn't the place.
This novella is considered to be the first to popularize (though not the first to depict) the idea of a time-travel vehicle, and the term "time machine" for this concept has stuck. His later travels into a yet farther distant future is one of the early depictions of the "dying Earth" (which, itself, is a sci-fi sub-genre).
Drew Birdseye's narration is excellent, capturing the flavor of the narration...the story is mostly narrated in first person by the Time Traveller in the sitting room after dinner upon his return, and Birdseye really caught that atmosphere without sounding stuffy or excessively pretentious.
Masters in Fiction from Johns Hopkins, aspiring science fiction/humor writer. Give me the unexpected with a bit of grit and humor, please.
The story, itself, is classic. The reader, however, must have been paid by the job for the way he races through the narrative.
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