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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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Apr 24, 08

Read in January, 1998

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 possibility. Writing from Victorian England, where the class divide is extreme, Wells contemplates the outcome of continued class divisions that result in two opposing races - the stupid, but blissful Eloi who live above ground in the sunshine, but can do little for themselves, and the devilish, underground-dwelling Morlocks who do every task necessary for the Elois' survival but also prey upon them. Wells expands upon the idea of "de-evolution" in a trippy epilogue.
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