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In "The Time Machine" an inventor travels to the remote future where he finds both love and terror. The protagonist of "The Invisible Man" struggles ... Show synopsis

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what would it really be like to travel to the futu

by readersreader on Jul 26, 2008

The Time Machine was written in 1895 when Wells was 29. The idea of time travel has always fascinated most everyone. Wells paints a terrible vision for the future--that there is no future. The Time Traveler (we never know his name) goes forward in time to the year 802,701 A.D. and finds a race of people, called Eloi, that do nothing but sit around and eat fruit. All the buildings are in the state of near collapse, and the Eloi seem to not care about anything. Then he finds that there is another race of people living underground, called Morlocks. They turn out to be cannibals, and are eating the Eloi as if they were cattle. In fact, it turns out that the Morlocks feed and clothe the Eloi. The Time Traveler continues to travel forward in time and sees that the earth has stopped spinning and is slowly moving towards the sun. According to Wells, that is our future. Facinating but scary and sad.

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Ron Townsend

The beginning of science fiction

by Ron Townsend on Jul 25, 2008

The Time Machine was the first book I read in Classics Illustrated as a boy and then read as a young adult in paperback. The idea of traveling in time has been with us over a century although we probably couldn't do it because we would also decrease or increase in age. The irony of the two races in 800000 AD is a thoughtful Darwinian concept and Wells suggests that there is no future for mankind if we continue to evolve. Traveling back in time would jeopardize history and traveling forward in time would give us the benefit of hindsight. This book is a classic of early science fiction and is brilliant in its concept.

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