- Title The Time Machine
- Author H.G. Wells
- Year 1895
- Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel
When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture - now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity - the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.
I don’t quite know how I’ve got this far in my lifetime without reading this - considered the original time travel story! It’s a good one, I thought, showing great imagination but along with that grounding in science. Don’t just expect people to go along with something, at least try to make it something possible.
Despite being a short story, it packs in quite a lot - at least two trips through time, a good versus evil battle, and a look at the future of humanity in all its terrible forms. Good stuff.
Rating: 4 / 5