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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Book - 2011
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A Victorian scientist develops a time machine and travels to the year 802,171 AD. There he finds the meek, child-like Eloi who live in fear of the underground-dwelling Morlocks. When his time machine goes missing, the Traveller faces a fight to enter the Morlocks' domain and return to his own time. "The time machine" remains one of the cornerstones of science-fiction literature and has proved hugely influential.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2011.
ISBN: 9780575116757
Call Number: SF WEL
Characteristics: 125 pages ; 20 cm.
Bib Control Number: 734143


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Jan 05, 2021

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, is a novel about a mysterious man, called the Time Traveller, who tells his story about going into a time machine to prove that time was the fourth dimension. He finds himself in a world sometime in the future that was filled with small humanoid creatures called Eloi. The Eloi are frail and peaceful, and care for him. He explores the area, but when he returns he finds that his time machine is gone. The rest of the novel is a wondrous adventure of the Time Traveller trying to find his way back and revealing details of the new world he had gone to. I enjoyed this novel because it was a creative and unique story that wasn’t what I expected. I would highly recommend this to someone who likes science fiction and who likes surprising stories.

JCLAnneG Dec 02, 2020

OK I admit it. I had never read the time machine until this year. Why not? I have no idea. I absolutely loved it. It's a simple easy read. It's bleak, but very thought-provoking. I still enjoy the movies, but I do wish I had read this first. Ah well, that's on me for skipping a classic.

Aug 22, 2020

A very nice slim volume , classic eazy read. Love the 1960's movie too

Jul 28, 2020

I actually watched the 2002 movie adaption first, but I must say, it really didn’t do this book justice. This is an absolute classic. I loved H. G. Wells’ thought-provoking story of how mankind can one day become uncivilized animals.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jun 27, 2020

Started this last week before a camping trip, but ended up not being able to do much reading on the trip. Finally finished it today. While I think the ending of the book is phenomenal, I thought the middle dragged a bit. Overall, super enjoyable. I love this period of speculative fiction a lot, and Wells is becoming one of my favorite authors.

bibliosara Nov 23, 2018

Another classic by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine explores the possibilities of the unknown in unexpected ways. An enterprising and eccentric inventor comes up with a way to travel across time (the 4th dimension), but ends up stranded in a future hundreds of thousands of years in the future, during a time of astonishing ignorance and seeming peace… until depraved creatures appear in a perilous turn of events. Eerie, sad, and compelling, The Time Machine provokes thought and wonder while also making the reader feel ever so slightly the chill of Fate's hand.

Sep 12, 2018

HG Wells' weaves a gripping story about a time traveller who has built a time machine in his laboratory and used it with great success to travel into the future. What he discovers about the fate of humanity in the distant future of year 802702 AD is not at all what he nor the reader expected. The concept is fresh and interesting, the narrative is richly detailed, homage given to science fiction enthusiasts in particular. It is also interesting that all major characters in the book is nameless except one, the symbolism is there for the reader to interpret. The pacing started slow at first but picked up soon. Lengthwise, the book is a short read. I would recommend to anyone interested in science fiction.

Jun 11, 2018

The Time Machine is one of my favorite classics, and H. G. Wells is my favorite classic author. This was the second of three novels I have read by Wells, and one of my favorites. One of the best things about his writing is that he is not overly wordy and has elaborate works that you can read in a short amount of time. He also has an entertaining way of wording things which makes his chapters compelling and dramatic. Hardly past the exposition, one of many memorable scenes is made suspenseful with his thrilling wording: “I think I must have had a kind of frenzy. I remember running violently in and out among the moonlit bushes all round the sphinx, and startling some white animal that, in the dim light, I took for a small deer.” His writing style intrigues the reader and sparks curiosity. One drawback of The Time Machine is that the characters are not particularly interesting or relatable. The main characters of many of his books are pretty regular middle aged men. However, his writing is very unique and beyond imagination, and I’m a big fan of this book.

Summary: The story begins at a dinner party where the main character, ‘The Time Traveller,’ brings up ideas of time travel to the other guests, who are skeptical. But he shows up late to the following dinner party and tells a story of his travels to the year 802,700. In the future he met small, dumb, lazy creatures called the Eloi who he thought to be descendants of humans. He gets close with one of these creatures after saving her, a girl named Weena, from drowning. His time machine then gets mysteriously stolen, so he has to stick around to get it back. Pretty soon he sees signs of a creepy, ghostly species, also descending from humans, called Morlocks. He finds out they live underground and goes down to see them, but they are creepy and revolting and the Time Traveller immediately considers them the enemy. He then spends some time traveling to a faraway building that he saw earlier, and here he finds a museum from which he takes a weapon. While he travels back to where he started he sleeps in the woods with Weena and gets attacked by Morlocks during a dramatic forest fire. Many Morlocks die as well as Weena. When he gets back he finds his time machine, stolen by the Morlocks, in the middle of a trap. He manages to fight his way through the trap and get away in his machine. Then there is a strange chapter of him traveling to the end of the Earth which is silent and dead. He then returns to the dinner party to tell the story. The novel ends with the narrator telling us that the Time Traveller enters his machine later and doesn’t return.

The whole plot is quite a bit to think about, especially with so many ideas of the future and time. Throughout the story the Time Traveller gives many theories on how humans ended up this way, which makes you think about predicting the far future, what will get worse, what will get better, and how our current actions are affecting the end of it all. Will humanity improve or deteriorate? His theories also include the analysis of humanity’s two descendants-- one being leisurely and peaceful and the other being carnivorous and rough. These ideas deal with issues like upper and lower class, masculinity and femininity, and more. Wells also brings in other ideas to provoke thought. For instance, he never gives his character a name, like he has done before in other books. He also throws in some ideas about progress, and whether it really exists, because everything just ends up ending. The end of the world is a big symbol of these ideas, as well as the deterioration of humanity. Overall, this story is packed with unique and profound new ideas put together in one exciting and impressive plot.

Apr 20, 2018

This interesting Wells work is NOT about a utopian society. It's a symbolic message, a higher meaning - it shows the present, in fact, where those who live in the dark cannibalize those who live in the light (i.e. who think clear and in noble terms). In fact, the meaning is that the man of science takes with him Science into the future to create a better society. The meaning of Eloi is "god" - those who live in the light are gods. Wells was a Gov. propagandist; he put forth in symbolic form the planned future. The future society will be all "light" with science as a ruler and guide. Read also Wells' other work: "The Shape Of Things To Come" to have an additional angle to this one work of his.

Jan 05, 2018

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is about a man’s vision for a utopian society. However, it is disillusioned when travelling forward into time. Then, reveals a dark and dangerous society. The novel’s protagonist is an inventor or scientist living in London who is never named; he is identified simply as The Time Traveller. The book is narrated by an unnamed narrator (whose name may be Hilyer) Although, The Time Traveller clearly dominates as the book’s main narrator, the narrator (Mr. Hilyer) gives the readers a point of view that the readers could identify with. The narrator’s purpose was to give a brand new/different perspective for the readers. Also, one of the tone’s of the book is awe. When The Time Traveller confronts issues that are bigger than him - bigger than all the people or all life - he seems to become awestruck. Furthermore, the author of the novel, uses stalling tactics (delay/ing). Wells make his readers wait to get all the information they need. Moreover, the book was written to provide the possibility of a 4th dimension. The author’s purpose was to make his readers realize that time is very valuable and soon people are going to be “out of time.” The genre of The Time Machine was science fiction. Additionally, the theme of the book was that time is a precious thing and to not take it for granted. Entirely, I would recommend this book. Although, the book was kind of hard to get into and contains hard vocabulary (b/c it was written and published over 100 years ago). I suggest this book because it teaches the readers significant morals/lessons. One is to enjoy every single moment in life because life is short; the future is unpredictable. I learned to appreciate the little things in life. I also learned to be happy, content, grateful and thankful for everything. Altogether, this book taught me to always live life to the fullest.

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Jul 07, 2016

A short science fiction novel about a Time Traveller's recollection of his adventure in time travel. It was an interesting read, though not overly exciting. The end was a bit of a cliffhanger.

Aug 13, 2014

A group of men, including the narrator, is listening to the Time Traveller discuss his theory that time is the fourth dimension. The Time Traveller produces a miniature time machine and makes it disappear into thin air. The next week, the guests return, to find their host stumble in, looking disheveled and tired. They sit down after dinner, and the Time Traveller begins his story.


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Feb 05, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Cannibalism


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Jun 04, 2018

"Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change."

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