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“I’ve had a most amazing time....”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future bur
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Paperback, 118 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Signet Classics (first published 1895)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Jul 21, 2016 Ahmad Ebaid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب
هربرت جورج ويلز قدم بحث عن وجود بعد رابع وهو بعد الزمان منفصل عن الأبعاد الزمانية التانية واترفض بحثه لأنهم اعتبروه مبهم
وبعدها بأكتر من عشر سنين قدم أينشتين نفس الفكرة وأصبح أعظم شخصية في تاريخ العلم بعد نيوتن-طبعا بغض النظر عن الإثبات الرياضي المحكم اللي أزال الإبهام عكس البحث الأول, والتعنت اللي قابل أينشتاين في البداية-


لحد هنا القصة دي تعتبر بتتكرر كتير
واحد بيقدم حاجة وتترفض منه
وبعدها بفترة واحد تاني يقدم نفس الحاجة تقريبا وبيعتبروها حاجة عظيمة

بس المختلف في القصة دي إن ويلز مقعدش يلطم ويس
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Beth F.
One of the most difficult courses I took in college was a class called Sociological Theory. The professor was either brilliant or a total nut, I’m still not sure, and one of the questions for our final exam was actually:

Why? (Use diagrams to support your response).

Ugh, ugh, ugh!!! I walked out of that class with a B and I kid you not, I have never worked so hard for a B in my life! I pity the one guy in my class who walked away with an A and don’t even want to think about what his social life w
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Dan Schwent
Jul 15, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-books
A Victorian-era scientist calls together a group of men and tells them of his recent adventure, a trip through time...

I had intended to participate in a reading of this with the Distinguished Society of Pantless Readers but once I had a taste, I wolfed the whole tale down in one sitting.

The Time Machine is probably the first time travel story and definitely a spiritual ancestor of every time travel story since. The nameless time traveler whips up a time machine and travels through time. What cou
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Councillor
How will the Earth look like 800,000 years in the future? That's a question everyone can only attempt to find an answer to, while H.G. Wells was one of the first writers who tackled the topic of time-travelling and painted a rather convincing picture of the future.

Published in 1895, the book introduces a scientist who uses a Time Machine to be transferred into the age of a slowly dying earth. Humans have been separated by time, genetics, wars and change of their habitats into two different races
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Evgeny
Jun 10, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A group read with a bunch of Pantaloonless Buddies.

I have yet to see any decent movie adaptation of this science fiction classic, let alone a good one. The only reason I give a plot synopsis of this otherwise well-known story is that I am afraid some people would judge it by a (very lame) movie.

This is the granddaddy of practically all time-travelling stories, including very new and popular sub-genre: time-travelling romance. An inventor built a time machine. He used it to travel to a distant f
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Lou
If there was one single reason to read this it would be that H.G Wells was a favoured author and an inspiration to the Legendary writer Ray Bradbury. Pictured below in a time machine movie prop.
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2333 December 19th
Alas this is a fine work from a writer of bygone times and if he could only discover his vision and writings of Time Travel were in fact prophecies and became true. As I have indeed traveled to 802,701AD and meet the lovely Weena a female Eloi and the dreadful Morlocks. The Time Machine
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Jeff
What’s in store for the future?



Well, maybe some spoilerish content if you haven’t read this book yet.

If you go by H. G. Wells novella, society (at least in merry future England circa 802,000 AD) will have been split between the Eloi and Morlocks in a bizarre twist on the haves and have nots.

What we predict for the distant future is predicated on what’s happening in the present. Wells future is filtered from the political science theories of his day. Capitalism-Communism, Workers-Idle rich, Indus
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Carol
THE TIME MACHINE begins with the time traveller requesting absolute silence and no interruptions while telling the story of his astonishing journey into a strange and dangerous futuristic world of unfamiliar creatures.

And When he had concluded his tale of the little people, his fear of the underground and the dark nights, he was greatly disappointed of his inability to convince his esteemed colleagues of its validity.

And Then......the ending......uh oh......not what I was expecting.

Published in

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Carmen
"In a moment I knew what had happened. I had slept and the bitterness of death came over my soul."

H.G. Wells is such a good writer. Not only does he have an amazing imagination that carries him to impossible places, but he is very skilled at writing. The descriptions in this book are absolutely stunning.

The book deals with a British, upper-class white man who has invented a time machine telling all his cronies about it in the smoking-room. He has traveled to the year 802701, and you have to admi
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Jason Koivu
Apr 28, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it liked it
Still thrills to this day! Yes, it's dated and compared to other sci-fi it will look like child's play, but there's a genuinely creepy moment or two within The Time Machine. And by now, reading this is sort of like reading a sci-fi history book!

A Victorian-era scientist reveals that he has created a time machine and goes on to relate his harrowing adventures into the future, where he meets a race apparently so advanced they've stop doing anything, as well as a monster race of subterranean dwelle
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Maxwell
3.5 stars I didn't have many expectations for this book, and I knew very little about it before going into it aside from the eponymous time machine. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by it. Recognizing that it ultimately focuses very little on the machine itself and much more on the time traveler's adventure into the future & the cautionary tale that unfolds due to his findings makes this book a more enjoyable experience. It follows that classic 'unnamed narrator recounting story ...more
Apatt
Mar 13, 2016 Apatt rated it it was amazing
“Any real body must have extension in four directions: it must have Length, Breadth, Thickness, and—Duration. But through a natural infirmity of the flesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we incline to overlook this fact. There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time. There is, however, a tendency to draw an unreal distinction between the former three dimensions and the latter, because it happens that our consciousness moves intermi
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Christopher
Jun 18, 2016 Christopher rated it really liked it
"Well, we should have been reading Ellison anyway."
"But we weren't."
"Who would expect science fiction over such a classic? I mean, really."
"Doesn't change that you screwed up."
"I'm just saying, Ellison is a fine writer. That's all."
"And I'm saying; Did you read the right book this time?"
--glowers-- "It has a 'The' at the front and everything."
"Ok then."
"Ok."
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"You didn't read the illustrated children's book, right?"
"I hate you."
"Whatever, you're up. Go on."



*speaker steps up to podium to spea
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Léonard Gaya
Jan 29, 2016 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing
Reading this book has been an eye-opener and is far from what I expected or had in mind. "The Time Machine" is not primarily a novel about time travel, time travel paradoxes and so forth. It is chiefly a speculation on the far future of humanity and the evolution of the industrial civilization.

It starts as an almost casual chat by the fireside about the possibility of traveling through the fourth dimension and the invention of a machine, oddly described much like a common bicycle, that can trave
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Group read with the Non-Crunchy Pantsless Classics people!

Technically this is the June buddy read... whoops.

Not sure why I've stayed away from HG Wells as long as I have; I've heard of his stories many times and know they belong to the classic canon -- The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr Moreau -- but this is the first I've read and I have to say I enjoyed it.

It particularly had a hand in urging me toward Jekyll & Hyde for our October read (and I'll
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Becky
So... I don't think there's any disputing that H.G. Wells was a genius and that his work was brilliant back in the day. But I just don't think that it ages all that well. Or maybe society has begun its long and inevitable evolution into the indolent beings Wells' time traveler claims that we become in roughly 800,000 years, and we don't want to think too hard about a narrative that takes some time to get to the point.

Probably at some point between the Victorian era when this was written and the
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Miriam
Jun 25, 2016 Miriam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I remember really liking this as a kid. I still enjoyed it as an adult reread with my non-crunchy but pantsless pals, Evgeny, Jeff, Carmen, Christopher (and some other lovely people who haven't gotten around to reviewing it yet), but not as much.

My review-let for the reread is here:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Michael
Without "The Time Machine," we might not have science-fiction. Or at least not as we know it.

That's not to say that someone wouldn't or couldn't have come along and filled a gap had H.G. Wells not written this. But would it have been as popular and caught fire with the imagination of the reading public if had been something or someone else. Maybe not.

What I'm trying to say is that sci-fi fans owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Wells for this story. Not only was it hugly influential, but it's
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W.E. Linde
Jun 22, 2012 W.E. Linde rated it really liked it
"In a moment my hand was on the lever, and I had placed a month between myself and these monsters."

What a classic, wonderfully imaginative science fiction sentence.

I had read H.G. Wells' The Time Machine many years ago. I remembered enjoying it, and thinking there were some creepy elements to the story. And since that was all I remembered, I decided I needed to revisit this. I'm on a mission to read or reread classic science fiction and horror writers, so I used that as an excuse to bump The T
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Sanaa
Aug 17, 2015 Sanaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4 Stars] This was a really intriguing quick read. If you're looking for a bit of a curious adventure/survival story about a man who goes forward in time, you might want to pick this up. I liked the protagonist's musings about the future, society, social classes, etc. I think they were what really made this worth the read. Apart from that it is a fairly simple story. I can't say I grew particularly attached to the protagonist though and the beginning of the story was a bit dull, but once things ...more
Brandon
Oct 07, 2013 Brandon rated it liked it
A brilliant inventor creates the world’s first time machine. After explaining its inner-workings to guests of his weekly dinner parties, he arranges for a follow up meeting about a week later. When the group convenes, they find the scientist exhausted and weathered. After cleaning up and consuming a well deserved meal, he sits down to tell of his journey over 800,000 years into the future.

Damn, this book is old. In fact, I’m certain it is the oldest novel I've yet to read clocking in at one hund
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Nayra.Hassan
Nov 28, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
عن غروب البشرية نتحدث
عن البشر عندما صار طولهم 140سم
وجوههم ناعمة..لافرق بين النساء والرجال
أصبح الجميع أقرب الأطفال شكلا و موضوعا
كسالي غارقون في الراحة و لا يخافون سوى الظلام
اندثرت البيوت و انتهى نظام الاسرة
الجميع يعيشون في مباني ضخمة
لا يوجد تعليم
او تجارة
او منافسة
او حروب
اذن فهي الجنة

..لا بل هي أقرب لحظيرة الأبقار و أغنام ..او عشة دواجن
فهناك المورلووك.. الشاحبين يعيشون تحت الارض..يعملون بلا كلل ليعيش هؤلاء المدللين ..و يقتنصون منهم ليلا. .لياكلوهم كالاغنام
و في إشارة واضحة بلا ترميز. .يشير ويلز
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Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 24, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one and finally went with 4 based on the time it was written. It doesn't read like a more recent SF novel, but it's another thought provoking read. The storage devices that survived times passing, the question of what went with him on his last trip and what kind of society would now result stays with us. Not a bad read.

This has been made into more than one movie (the earliest probably being the closest to the actual book). It like many of Wells' works has
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Tracy
Apr 24, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Time Machine was required reading for a course I took in college about the history/evolution of science and man's place in nature. Wells' classic, along with Shelley's Frankenstein and Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was written in response to the panic that ensued following Darwin's publication of The Origin of Species. People were freaked out by the idea that we evolved from "lesser creatures" and feared that if evolution explains how humans developed, then "de-eveolution" must also be a ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
"Humanity had been strong, energetic, and intelligent, and had used all its abundant vitality to alter the conditions which it lived. And now came the reaction of the altered conditions."

Read with the non-crunchy classics group, but took forever to finally review.

The Time Machine is one of those timeless classics (I was going to do a better pun than this but my creativity stalled, so we'll stop there) that everyone should try on for size.

A well-written, entrancing book that's saved by it's secon
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Natalie Vellacott
Aug 10, 2016 Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
I probably should've read this years ago. Whilst intriguing to a certain degree, ultimately it leaves one feeling depressed. But then that is what happens to people who entertain evolutionary ideas on any level. Where is hope for the future if we are at the mercy of the elements and if there is no Higher Power controlling world events? Anything could happen if that were the case....right? Would you want to leave yourselves and your children to the determination of fate or even to successive ...more
Werner
Nov 29, 2008 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of 19th century fiction (esp. science fiction), and of adventure fiction
Wells was the first science fiction writer to posit time travel by mechanical means as a literary conceit for presenting both ideas and storylines that otherwise couldn't be explored in fiction; he had done this already in his 1888 story "A Chronic Argonaut," which is sometimes erroneously described as an early version of this novel, although the characters and plot are quite different. But it was through The Time Machine that the idea caught the popular imagination, and became a staple of the g ...more
Jacob
Jan 23, 2009 Jacob rated it really liked it
January 2009

As always, there is little to say when coming late to a classic, except this: I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read H. G. Wells!

It feels a bit embarrassing. I went on a smallish time travel reading marathon near the end of last year, but I somehow managed to skip over The Time Machine, the grand-daddy of all modern machine-based time travel stories. Perhaps I didn’t think it was necessary because I already knew the story; I watched the Wishbone version when I was a kid, an
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Emily May
May 30, 2016 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics, 2015
“Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.”

I came to enjoy this more than I first thought I would. If, like me, you're turned off by long paragraphs dealing with the mathematics of time travel and dimensions, then grit your teeth and push through the first chapter of The Time Machine. When I was reading the opening pages and stopping to google scientific terms in nearly every sentence, I couldn't imagine I'd find a way to finish the book
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Ɗắɳ  2.❄
3-1/2ish. Highly imaginative, and the perfect length, but not quite as fun as The Invisible Man.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government ...more
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