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The Time Machine [Mass Market Paperback]

H.G. Wells , Greg Bear
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Oct. 1 2002

“I’ve had a most amazing time....”

 

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

 


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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up-H.G. Welles' classic begins at an English dinner party where a group of gentlemen are discussing the device that one of them is making so he can explore the fourth dimension. No one is identified by name but when the men gather the following week, the device's inventor, referred to as Time Traveler, is strangely absent. When he arrives later, he recounts his amazing sojourn into the future. Most of this 1895 novella deals with Time Traveler's stay in a world where dark forces lurk behind an idyllic exterior. After narrowly escaping from a forest fire and hostile creatures, Time Traveler uses his invention to investigate other time periods before returning to share his story with his friends. Despite the fact that he has returned with never-before-seen flowers, most of his companions do not believe him. When one of the dinner guests stops by Time Traveler's home a few days later, he is the last one to see the inventor before he and his Time Machine disappear. Ralph Cosham narrates this science fiction standard bearer with a controlled intensity that gives the story the feel of a modern drama. Add to that Welles' ability to predict some contemporary scenarios, and this recording will interest 21st century listeners. With a sturdy case and continual tracking every three minutes, this production will be a useful addition to school and public libraries that want to add classics to their science fiction holdings.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael York is excellent as the Time Traveler, this classic can truly be enjoyed by listeners of all ages. -- KLIATT

Michael York is excellent in this full cast production. This classic can truly be enjoyed by listeners of all ages. -- KLIATT review magazine, May 2000

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
An unnamed time traveler sees the future of man (802,701 A.D.) and then the inevitable future of the world. He tells his tale in detail.

I grew up on the Rod Taylor /George Pal movie. When I started the book I expected it to be slightly different with a tad more complexity as with most book/movie relationships. I was surprised to find the reason for the breakup of species (Morlock and Eloi) was class Vs atomic (in later movie versions it was political). I could live with that but to find that some little pink thing replaced Yvette Mimieux was too munch.

After all the surprises we can look at the story as unique in its time, first published in 1895, yet the message is timeless. The writing and timing could not have been better. And the ending was certainly appropriate for the world that he describes. Possibly if the story were written today the species division would be based on eugenics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction at the roots March 24 2014
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This is the original thing! The future of science fiction rests on the shoulders of this giant work. Read this and understand the roots of the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic! March 1 2014
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Yep, it is not because it is old and free that is not worth it.
This one is good.
Timeless and good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Jan. 18 2014
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This book transport your mind to different situations, you live the agony, the surprise, and hola history with the main character, you're part of the history, part of the environment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Time Machine Dec 12 2013
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This is a classic sci fi that should not be missed. It has been made into a movie a couple of times, with huge success. The book itself is fantastic and gives a greater look into the characters and scenario of the future scientific advancements and worlds that could be possible. Wells was way ahead of his time when he wrote this book. If you are a sci fi buff, this is one book that should be a 'must read'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Nov. 6 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This book was one of the first of what we now consider as the science fiction genre. H G Wells had a brilliant mind and wrote speculative fiction that lasts and is still consumed to this day. Steamj punk also owes a lot to what H G Wells wrote. For Mr Wells the Victorian era was what he lived in and the mix of that era and sc-fi is what we now call "Steam Punk".
This book still tracks well and was my first introduction into science fiction. Manymovies of varying quality have been made based on this book. The book itself is far better than any of those movies.
This is one of those books that I turn back to and re-read on afrequent basis. It keeps getting better and better in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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H G Wells is one of the great authors of the past. If you at all claim to be a sci-fi fan you must read this at one point. And come on....its FREE!!!! It does not get better than that
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!! Aug. 2 2013
By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Have you ever watched a movie and you loved it..not just loved it, but thought about it all the time..so much that you just knew you had to read the book or else it would drive you crazy wanting details that you knew never made the cut? That's why I read this book.
And it was good. Really good. But it was not quite like the movie. In fact, other than the time machine itself they were quite different. I loved his view of how cultures could change over time and how society, or lack thereof, would function. Evolve or devolve - however you look at it. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone, young or old.
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