The Time Machine - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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The Time Machine - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

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'So, in the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers...' At a Victorian dinner party, in Richmond, London, the Time Traveller returns to tell his extraordinary tale of mankind's future in the year 802,701 AD. It is a dystopian vision of Darwinian evolution, with humans split into an above-ground species of Eloi, and their troglodyte brothers. The first book H. G. Wells published, The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. Even before its serialisation had finished in the spring of 1895, Wells had been declared 'a man of genius', and the book heralded a fifty year career of a major cultural and political controversialist. It is a sardonic rejection of Victorian ideals of progress and improvement and a detailed satirical commentary on the Decadent culture of the 1890s. This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198707516
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 124 g
Dimensions: 195 x 137 x 10 mm


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“An essential novella.”

A classic science fiction novella that is so much more than science fiction. The Time Machine asks questions about the future of humanity, the future of the social class system (of the Victorian era, but of course it... More

“The Time Machine”

One of the first Science Fiction novels and one that possibly set the tone for the entire genre, The Time Machine is a fantastic read. Though it is only short, it presents a darkly realised version of future Earth in... More

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“An early science fiction classic”

This book has been said to be one of the earliest novels of science fiction. While it is not a genre I know well, I believe that this book does set down some of the rules and standards that have become part of the... More

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