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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486284727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486284729
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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First novel by H.G. Wells, published in book form in 1895. The novel is considered one of the earliest works of science fiction and the progenitor of the "time travel" subgenre. Wells advanced his social and political ideas in this narrative of a nameless Time Traveller who is hurtled into the year 802,701 by his elaborate ivory, crystal, and brass contraption. The world he finds is peopled by two races: the decadent Eloi, fluttery and useless, are dependent for food, clothing, and shelter on the simian subterranean Morlocks, who prey on them. The two races--whose names are borrowed from the Biblical Eli and Moloch--symbolize Wells's vision of the eventual result of unchecked capitalism: a neurasthenic upper class that would eventually be devoured by a proletariat driven to the depths. --The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

This book is short, well written, and a great story.
Jenn
This is one of the Dover thrift editions -- they are wonderfully convenient and amazingly low-priced.
MLPlayfair
This book along with others by Wells and Jules Verne were the pioneers of the science fiction genre.
"never_wrong"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By roy rogers on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the few books by H. G. Wells that I actually liked. Most of his novels aren't as....shall I say, daring? In his other sci-fi stories, the plots just don't seem to really take you off the edge of your seat. This novel does. Full of drama and action, it really almost freaks you out. (Unlike most classics, save Jules Verne) I'm a teenager, and I've read a lot of Ted Dekker thrillers; this novel has ALMOST the same amount of suspense, not thrill. The descriptions were clear, but not too deep (as in James Fenimore Cooper). I reccommend this book ESPECIALLY for fans of Jules Verne, like myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "never_wrong" on August 15, 2001
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This book along with others by Wells and Jules Verne were the pioneers of the science fiction genre. At the time this book was written, many of the common place ideas used in today's science fiction couldn't even be thought of by the author. And yet, this book is not and will never be out of date. It is a great tale of a man that travels far far into the future of mankind and horrifies you by what mankind has become. In this age of "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer," the book makes only more sense. We must strive to become more average and avoid an oligarchy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2001
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As a person who finds most "great classics" utterly boring, I have to say this book was a big surprise, and is now one of my all-time favorites, perhaps. It really does a superlative job of reminding me of the "big picture," and of the insignificance of the world and times we live in. One day all of it, and all of us, will be gone. The End. Sounds terribly depressing but at the same time it is a very liberating thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 28, 2001
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A Total "Thriller", February 13th, 2001 Reviewer: An 11 Year Old Reader From N.Y The Time Traveler (no name given) is a young scientist that lives in Richmond, England. He has outdone himself this time. Working for several years on an experiment he has finally completed his invention. The only thing left is the testing of the machine. This is not something easily done. Without manpower the invention can't be proven to work. The scientist is the only one that knows enough about the machine to operate it. One Thursday night, at a gathering with educated peers the young scientist proceeds to explain the past three years of work to his guests. Looks of impossibility, and questions echoed around the room. At this point the young scientist asked for everyone to finish their meals, and that he had a surprise for them in the smoking room. They soon sat anticipating the words of the young scientist. Finally he was ready to speak. He explained how he had worked for three years on an experiment that was now ready. He also brought out a model of this experiment so perfect in scale, and it actually works. Some of the colleges thought it was a trick, others thought it couldn't be true, but it was. It was simply amazing if this mechanism had truly gone into the past, future, or unknown, what else could possibly happen? It was at this point that the young scientist invited them back to his laboratory to show them the full-size version of .......... "The Time Machine" From this time on in the story the Time Traveler experiences future events. It is the time machine and he together, in the unknown. Landing in the year 802,701 AD Surrounding familiar, yet unknown, buildings familiar, yet unknown. Although he didn't know it this weird experience would become an even weirder discovery.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sid1gen on July 6, 2001
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This is one one those works that prove the validity of science fiction as serious literature, not simply escapist genre adventures. H.G. Wells provides us with a warning tale about our decay as a society and our very possible decay as a species, working with the theory of evolution since the process does not have to mean progressively better species, but may also mean regression. The science in this classic is wrong, something I usually complain about regarding science fiction, but Wells is far more interested in the social aspects of his novella than in the purely scientific ones. Important points: the humans that the Time Traveller encounters in the adventure he describes to his friends are just a part of the human branch, smaller than most humans of the Time Traveller's day, childlike (as in carefree and irresponsible), indolent, sexually active, lazy, and non-productive: they are parasites who do not contribute anything to their own existence. They still have the essentially weak bodies that humans are supposed to have traded long ago in exchange for a bigger brain and dexterity, so they could use their intelligence and their hands to become the dominant species on the planet. The Eloi that the Time Traveller describes are just useless, and they represent one half of our descent into a new species of primate. The other half are the Morlocks, ugly, soft, underground dwellers who keep the Eloi alive and feed on them. It would be very difficult to explain this biological division, both Eloi and Morlocks sprouting from the human branch, and Wells does not succeed with his explanation: the Eloi are still very similar to us, whereas the Morlocks are clearly different.Read more ›
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