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Title: The Time Machine
Author: H. G. Wells
EBN Category: An author’s debut novel
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.
Although this was well written and a nice foray into the world of early sci-fi, I could not stand the narrator. He was arrogant and self-important, and for being a scientist, he did an awful lot of passing judgement without gathering facts. He talks about the Morlocks like he knows them and their motivations. But in reality, he spent very little time even observing them and made decisions based entirely on conjecture. Even the Eloi, whom he lived among, he treated with condescension and disdain, and regarded them as stupid. As much as I didn’t love Out of the Silent Planet, I did appreciate that the MC in that one at least respected the creatures he encountered enough to learn from them.
Score: (1 / 5)