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The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells

The Time Machine¬†is a¬†science fiction¬†novella by¬†H.¬†G. Wells, published in 1895. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of¬†time travel¬†by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time. The term “time machine”, coined by Wells, is now almost universally used to refer to such a vehicle or device.

Utilizing a¬†frame story¬†set in then-present¬†Victorian England, Wells’ text focuses on a recount of the otherwise anonymous Time Traveller’s journey into the far future. A work of¬†future history¬†and¬†speculative evolution,¬†Time Machine is interpreted in modern times as a commentary on the increasing inequality¬†and¬†class¬†divisions of Wells’ era, which he projects as giving rise to two separate human species: the fair, childlike¬†Eloi, and the savage, simian¬†Morlocks, distant descendants of the contemporary upper and lower classes respectively. It is believed that Wells’ depiction of the Eloi as a race living in plentitude and abandon was inspired by…” Read the complete article on Wikipedia

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