The Time Machine
In ‘The Time Machine’, Wells’ time traveller journeys to 802701 AD, where humanity has evolved and divided into the effete Eloi and the brutal Morlocks. This science fiction classic raises profound questions about progress and social order.
The Penguin English Library Edition of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
‘Great shapes like big machines rose out of the dimness, and cast grotesque black shadows, in which dim spectral Morlocks sheltered from the glare’
Chilling, prophetic and hugely influential, The Time Machine sees a Victorian scientist propel himself into the year 802,701 AD, where he is delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty and contentment in the form of the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man. But he soon realizes that they are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and living in terror of the sinister Morlocks lurking in the deep tunnels, who threaten his very return home. H. G. Wells defined much of modern science fiction with this 1895 tale of time travel, which questions humanity, society, and our place on Earth.
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