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The Time Machine: An Invention

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The distant future, 710,802 A.D. A dying Earth. In this bleak classic, the prototypical science-fiction story, Wells weaves together a gripping account of the Time Traveler who, as he encounters two races -- the effete Eloi and the predatory Morlocks -- witnesses the dramatic evolutiionary events that culminate in a horrifying end.
Hardcover, 118 pages
Published December 1st 1971 by Bentley Publishers (first published 1895)
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Ahmad  Ebaid
Apr 29, 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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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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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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Jason Koivu
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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Matthew
Not much of a story, really, but intriguing, none the less. While Wells frames his ideas within the journeys of the Time Traveler, it is more of a commentary and a hypothesis about how the politics and socio-economic structure of Wells' time period as well as the science of our planet and solar system will affect the future. While I believe some retelling of this book (movies, etc.) have had him go into the past, the book is actually all about the future.

As a person who has enjoyed authors like
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Léonard Gaya
Jan 29, 2016 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Apatt
“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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W.E. Linde
Jun 22, 2012 W.E. Linde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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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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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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
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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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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Tracy
Apr 24, 2008 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
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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Werner
Nov 29, 2008 Werner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
یک داستانِ علمی-تخیلیِ بسیار زیبا... اچ جی ولز واقعاً ذهنِ خلاقی داشته و البته از مسائل علمی و به خصوص فیزیکی در نوشتن داستانها بهره میبرده.. مانندِ ارتباطِ این داستان با بعدِ چهارم یعنی زمان
به نظرم اصلی ترین نکتۀ این داستان این بود که تنها جانداری که میتونه خودش رو نسبت به شرایطِ محیطِ پیرامونش وقف بده، « انسان» هستش... چون در صفحۀ 38، میگه: مردم آیندۀ دور گیاهخوار بودن و اسب و گوسفند و سگ، مانندِ خزنده ها نسلشون منقرض شده
دوستانِ خردگرا، به نظرتون نامٍ موجوداتی که در این داستان هستن و به قولِ ن
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Shayantani Das
This book really should have been longer. I mean it not in the “I can’t get enough” sense, more like, ‘its necessary to make the book and the themes it portray effective’ sense. I am a bit puzzled about my feeling regarding this classic. On one hand, I love the Marxist social commentary, the innovativeness of future world, the Eloi and the Morlocks, but, it really didn’t make an impact on me, and dystopias usually do!
Huda Aweys
One of the most important writings in the (Sci-Fi)!
H.G. Wells, also one of the most important writers who write in this field
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About the novel I think it's a Marxist vision for the distant future ! ..
And it's not impossible any way ! :). .
I also sympathized with the heroes ... ,
In general it is a very rich novel..
Enjoyed reading :)
Jessica
Ooo - I liked this a lot! What rich worlds Wells creates! In the year 802701 A.D., humans have evolved ("evolved"?) into two distinct species, borne from an increasingly growing chasm between the leisure class and the working class. The Time Traveler experiences this world in a way that is both entertaining and aphoristic. He finds that without challenges and change, humans have become simplistic and animalistic. He theorizes that "an animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect ...more
Charlene
I listened to this in audio. I loved the story, but hated the narrator, so 3 stars it is!
Emily May
Aug 13, 2015 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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Sean
The Time Machine is a classic novel in the Science Fiction genre but is it is an average book overall. It is short read at just over 100 pages that tells the story of a scientist who builds a time machine and travels 800,000 years into the future. Much of the story describes the time traveler’s surroundings and his assessment of the environment and society that he visits. The Time machine has been superseded by better time travel stories but this book can be credited as the pioneer of such tales ...more
Pink
This was a quick, enjoyable read. Nothing special, but that's probably because I'm appreciating the book 120 years after it was written, so the science doesn't seem quite so remarkable. Still, I was expecting more and found it to be a fantastical tale about life in the future, rather reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels, instead of the science fiction time travelling adventure I was hoping for.
Kjell
This was a quick, enjoyable read! I adore Wells' writing and imagination. The novel is quite short and character building is not Wells' strong suit but character building is not really necessary in these types of stories. Overall, a very interesting story! 4 stars!
ريهام يوسف
من الحاجات الي كنت ع طول بفكر فيها والي ع طول بتحيرني وتخليني اهرب من التفكير فيها هى ما بعد الذروة العلمية !!!! لما عرفت موضوع ال روبوت وان هيبقى في احتمالية ان هو الي يشتغل بعد كده ف كل حاجه بدل الانسان وان ميبقاش في اي اهمية للانسان الطبيعي ,
الفكرة لوحدها محزنة حتى لو ده دليل ع التقدم!!
ايا كان لسا بدري ع ان الروبوت هو الي يسود المجتمع عشان تكلفته عالية بس بعد زمن طويل هتبقى الامكانية موجودة :(
نعيش في عالم الكتروني , عالم كسل بحت ,عالم الانسان فيه بقى شبه الحيوانات فعلا مفيش ف دماغها حاجه غي
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Joe Valdez
The next stop in my time travel marathon (November being Science Fiction Month) was The Time Machine, the novella by H.G. Wells that touched off a prodigious period in which the book and theater critic published this title, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau and The War of the Worlds in a three year sprint from 1895 to 1898. Those narratives one after the other must have installed some sense of foreboding in readers apprehensive about the 20th century.

The tale begins in a residential su
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Stuart
May 08, 2015 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Time Machine: An early masterpiece of science fiction
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
The Time Machine (1895) is one of H.G. Wells’ most visionary and influential novels. It introduced the concept of time travel to a large readership, one of the most often-used conceits in SF. It also depicts a frightening and apocalyptic vision of a far future Dying Earth that has influenced countless genre practitioners such as Jack Vance and Gene Wolfe.

The book starts out with an unnamed Time Travel
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Susan May
Oct 15, 2015 Susan May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this would have to be my favorite time travel story ever. I grew up reading H.G. Wells and he's been a great influencer of science fiction writers for the past century. I loved the original film of this, too. Can't count how many times I've seen it. H.G. Wells writing stands the test of time. If you haven't read this book, do read. It's not that long. I still have a copy, even though I had a big clean out of my books a couple of years back. I couldn't part with my H.G. Wells'.
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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 schol ...more
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“Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.” 253 likes
“We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence. ” 198 likes
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