The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
“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.
So I am a huge Science Fiction fan. Give me space, and aliens, give me future progress, evolution of the human and earth hierarchy. Douglas Adams- Brilliant. Doctor Who- Fantastic. Star Trek- Can’t get any better. So you might be a little surprised when I say this is the first H. G. Wells I’ve read on my own. Time Machine however did not disappoint. I will admit, it took a minute to get used to the writing given it is older and thus the people spoke differently but I always have that problem, Pride and Prejudice was most difficult to understand for me. The story was interesting and original. Filled with action, adventure, mystery, and discovery.
The Time Traveler (thats what they call him) is an eccentric man with an abundance of ideas and quite a bit of time and money to see them through. The most recent of his being- you guessed it- time travel. And one evening he proposes this idea to his friends. This is his story of a future so unbelievable and fantastical.
H.G. Wells is a master and all you need is a quiet place and some time to become lost in this world he creates. Just don’t forget your matches!