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The Time Machine (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 31, 2005
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“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad
About the Author
H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist, who published more than a hundred books, including novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. Wells's prophetic imagination was first displayed in pioneering works of science fiction, but later he became an apostle of socialism, science and progress. His controversial views on sexual equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell's words, 'an important liberator of thought and action'.
Marina Warner is a famed writer and critic. Patrick Parrinder has written on H.G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce and the history of the English novel. Since 1986 he has been Professor of English at the University of Reading.
Steven McLean is Secretary of the H.G. Wells Society. He recently completed his PhD on H.G. Wells at the University of Sheffield.
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The story of the invasion is eerily realistic and describes how an invading race of aliens who cannot tolerate our atmosphere and gravity use advanced technology to crawl out of there craters they have created and take on the military might of England.
I don't want to spoil this very good story but I recommend to you that you read it for yourself and enjoy it. The book is worth reading and it is entertaining. One of the messages I got was that mankind, who thought themselves to be superior to all of the earth's creatures were at the total mercy of the alien invading force. The aliens were indeed brought down to defeat by the lowliest life forms on earth.
A great story, even 115 years later.
As the story opens, a group of educated men are listening to the claim of a young adventurer and inventor that time travel is possible. The young man provides a demonstration, in which a small device disappears. He then show the men a full scale version, in which he claims he will travel through time. When the men reassemble in one week's time, an exhausted and haggard Time Traveler makes a dramatic appearence, with an even more dramatic claim, that he has just returned from the future. His story is exotic and chilling, and scarcely believable...
This graphic novel version captures both the wonder and the horror of H.G. Wells' novel, in a format that easy to read and easy to follow. Highly recommended to readers of all ages.
I was fiddling with the idea of reading ebooks and chose this one as it was free. I had seen a movie "based" on this story as well.
This is an awesome book that could please not just the fan fiction crowd. yes it is a fiction story about someone traveling trough time but there is also a bigger story about human evolution, the impact of the choice we make, our relationship with other creature. Yes I know there are some deeper messages in this book about politics and what not of the time. but I usually read for entertainment and don't go in that kind of deep analysis and this book is very good even then.
I wished it was longer, that I could follow the protagonist in other adventures.
Maybe a The Time Machine 2 would have been nice where he goes backward in time. But that won't happen in this universe.
All in all very good book, and free!