Wells's genre-defining novel of time travel
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a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace.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 culturenow 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 humanitythe sinister Morlocks. And when the scientists time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.
This edition includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes. Marina Warners introduction considers Wellss development of the "scientific romance" and places the novel in the context of its time.
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