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The Time Machine

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946. Book - 2017 Y Science Fiction / Wells, H. G., Teen Book / Fiction / Classic / Wells, H. G. 3 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.8 out of 5

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At a Victorian dinner party in Richmond, London, the Time Traveler returns to tell his extraordinary tale of mankind's future in the year 802,701 AD. It is a dystopian vision of Darwinian evolution, with humans split into an above-ground species of Eloi, and their troglodyte brothers. The first book H.G. Wells published, The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. Even before its serialization had finished in the spring of 1895, Wells had been declared "a man of genius," and the book heralded a fifty year career of a major cultural and political controversialist. It is a sardonic rejection of Victorian ideals of progress and improvement and a detailed satirical commentary on the Decadent culture of the 1890's. This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.


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Foundational classic submitted by cherylo on July 23, 2011, 8:12am Anyone interested in time travel fiction should read this book, if only so you can understand the references. It's a true classic.

Classic submitted by kittenkat101 on August 3, 2013, 10:48am The book was most interesting for me because it is really the first of its genre--science fiction. As far as the writing and story goes, I have found other sci-fi books more enjoyable, but this is the foundation, what led to them so I think it is a very important read. It was enjoyable and short.

It Is a Classic submitted by KaileyH20 on August 4, 2014, 1:48pm The Time Machine stands as a first in science fiction, and also as a foundational text of dystopian novels. For these reasons it was a satisfying read, as well as Wells' projections of class-based conflicts that play themselves out to an overturning of the aristocracy to the brute force of laborers. Beyond that, it was a rather bland book. I didn't dislike it but I've enjoyed other novels a great deal more; I would have preferred to be immersed in the future world rather than hearing a one-sided monologue, but my personal preference should not detract from the book being a milestone of literature.

Read for School submitted by majean on August 17, 2018, 12:26pm I read this for school, and I really enjoyed it!

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Oxford World's Classics

Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2017]
Year Published: 2017
Description: 119 pages ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Luckhurst, Roger,

Time travel -- Fiction.
Science fiction.