As a big fan of H.G Wells I had to pick this up after reading The War of the Worlds. It's not as long but it's just as good. Once again I really enjoy the Victorian mentality applied to futuristic technology although whereas space travel is now a real possibility so we can see where Wells went 'wrong', this time the subject of time travel is just as much of an impossibility now as it was when Wells wrote it.
The actual specifics of time travel are not really focused on however; Wells rather tells the story of a far off future where Earth has split into two races - one above ground and one below ground. This was based on a popular concept at the time of the superior and inferior races and due to Wells' belief in eugenics. Nevertheless it is a compelling tale as Wells describes a bizarre planet where humanity has regressed to the point where those on top are childlike and completely incapable of defending for themselves having long forgotten how they got to where they are and the lower classes which have evolved into vampiric night stalking cannibals.
Later on the time traveller travels even further into the future and sees a planet inhabited by giant crabs and other fantastical creatures. Even further on and he witnesses the death of the Earth itself. It is a truly fascinating read and Wells has a captive imagination.
H. G. Wells was both an incredibly gifted science visionary as well as an intelligent social commentator. Those two skills are combined in this book, which soundly set the stage for the use of time travel as a primary plot device for science fiction stories. It also served to create the concept of class warfare leading to a significant separation between the workers and the capitalists. This went against the common belief that progress would continue largely unabated. The … more
H. G. Wells was a crusader of his time, with a leaning toward socialism and social equality. With this tidbit of information, it's interesting to see how The Time Machine was both a hope of utopia and a picture of a seemingly inevitable dystopia. Our time traveler is an amateur scientist who tells an amazing tale to his friends, weekly gatherers at his home for dinner and discussion. He makes a claim to have visited a distant future (in the film, at least, the year … more