The Time Machine  -     By: H.G. Wells
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The Time Machine

Penguin Classics / 2005 / Paperback

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Propelled into the year 802,701 AD, a Victorian scientist is delighted by what he finds in the futuristic world. A beautiful elfin race, descended from mankind, reigns in peace and plenty. However, when the scientist discovers that this race is actually childish and simple, he also finds that another race lives beneath the surface of the ground. Also descended from man, this race is not like the one that lives on the surface, and they hold the only means the scientist has of returning home...

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0141439971
ISBN-13: 9780141439976
UPC: 051488009009
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When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture—now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity—the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.

  • Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes
  • Marina Warner’s introduction considers Wells’s development of the "scientific romance" and places the novel in the context of its time

 

Author Bio

Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady’s maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper’s apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher’s salary. His other "scientific romances"—The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)—won him distinction as the father of science fiction.

Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."


Marina Warner is a prize-winning writer of fiction, criticism, and history.

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