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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great scholarly resource for the book and Wells, March 28, 2010
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This review is from: The Time Machine (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)
Wells was very advanced in his use of science in fiction, and the critical essays here, including useful science articles both modern and contemporary to Wells, help frame his story. It's remarkable how well informed some of his ideas are, including degeneration, time as a fourth dimension, and the death of the universe by entropy - some of it was a bit off, but he was working with the limited science of the time. I was forced to revise some of my prejudices toward the scientific literacy of the period.

Wells' novel doesn't require the use of scholarly footnotes/annotations as much as other Nortons do, but the essays included here are very useful in understanding the context for such an important novel in science fiction and literature in general. Here's hoping Norton is able to do more scholarly editions of science fiction literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent edition, December 18, 2013
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Felipe Angeles (Boulder, CO United States) - See all my reviews
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The Time Machine does not need any rating. We all know about its importance, and its enduring power to fascinate readers. The edition, on the other hand, is exceedingly useful. It provides the reader with a wealth of information, as well as earlier versions, scientific articles by Wells and others on the possibility of involution and time travel, and so forth. Scholarly, but accesible. Any educated reader will be grateful for the job done by the editors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wonderful Mr. Wells, June 3, 2009
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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells is my favorite science fiction book of all time. I highly recommend it to anybody who likes the idea of time travel. I also recommend the movie with Guy Pearce, the newest of the two Time Machine movies. It is more realistic than the Rod Taylor version. I do not normally like remakes, but the remake is much better than the first (at least in my opinion, it is). This Norton Critical Edition of The Time Machine was released earlier this year (2009), and just in time for me to do my research paper on it for my college Science Fiction class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, October 29, 2013
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I love the story, the book, the feeling of being transported via my own time machine to another age. Owning this book, especially in combo with the movie is a great feeling from my childhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical and complete edition, December 9, 2012
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Guilherme (São Paulo, SP, Brasil) - See all my reviews
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The most interesting feature in this edition is that it features all variations of the story, as Wells developped it. It starts with "The Cronic Argonauts", that is very different from the final version (and has not been completed by the author), and you can follow all the evolution of his writing style. It also features articles and reviews, from all around the XX century. If you like this story, this is the edition to purchase!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic, January 22, 2013
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"The Time Machine" is a science fiction story written by HG Wells.

"The Time Machine" is about a time traveler who goes into the fourth dimension and has some hardships. "The Time Machine" fits the genre of science fiction because it shows the element of futuristic technologies: "I think at the time none of us quite believed in the time machine" is a quote that shows the genre element of futuristic technologies. This demonstrates futuristic technologies because they are looking at a time machine, which isn't available with our current modern technology. However one element that is missing in this story is space travel.

From the time in the book when the time traveler goes to a different time to the point where he gets back to his normal time was most enjoyable, but I would recommend this timeless classic to anyone looking for a good science fiction story.

TJHS 12th grade student 2013
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The Time Machine (Norton Critical Editions) by H. G. Wells (Paperback - September 16, 2008)
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