The Time Machine (Paperback)

Author: Wells, H. G.

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A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi. Reprint. *Author: Wells, H. G./ Bear, Greg (INT) *Publication Date: 2002/10/01 *Number of Pages: 128 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 4.25 *Height: 6.75

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Publisher New Amer Library Classics
Mfg Part# 9780451528551
SKU 30988626
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0451528557
Release Date 10/1/2002
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.75H x 4.25L x 0.5T
Author Info
H. G. Wells
Born in Kent, England to poor parents, H. G. Wells was apprenticed to a draper at age 14. Fired, he bounced from job to job, and at age 18 he went to college and became a pupil of scientist Thomas Henry Huxley, the greatest influence on his life. After two troubled marriages, Wells began publishing his novels and grew very wealthy; his first novel, THE TIME MACHINE, was followed by approximately a book a year. He was described by his paramour Rebecca West as "practically off his head, enormously vain, irascible, and in a fantasy world." He died in 1946, one month from his 80th birthday. His influence on other authors is incalculable.
The son of a naval officer, Gregory Dale Bear had traveled widely around the Pacific Ocean by the time he was 12. He began writing stories very early, and by age 13, he was submitting stories to magazines. His first published story, "Destroyers", appeared in 1967. After graduating from San Diego State in 1969 with a B.A., Bear completed his first novel, which was finally published in the mid-'80s after extensive revisions. He was married in 1975, though it ended in divorce six years later. After more short-story publications, 1979's HIEGIRA became his first novel. Though a couple of earlier stories had attracted some notice from various award-nomination committees, it wasn't until 1983 that Bear's work was really noticed. That year saw the publication of "Blood Music", a complex tale of genetic engineering that won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Expanded into a full-length novel in 1985, it marked an important point in the evolution of the science fiction sub-genre of "hard science." As John Clute writes in THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION: "It can be argued that the singular failure of almost all hard-sf writers to create noteworthy literature lies in their assumption that it is more difficult to understand - say - plasma physics than to understand human beings. The significance of G[reg] B[ear]'s...novels lies in the fact that his human beings are more difficult to describe than his physics." In 1983, Bear was married again, this time to Astrid Anderson, the daughter of another science fiction writer, Poul Anderson. Subsequent stories--award-winners like "Hardfaught" and "Tangents"--and Bear's next few novels, which included best sellers and award nominees such as EON, THE FORGE OF GOD, and ETERNITY, were capped by 1990's QUEEN OF ANGELS, a novel that bridged the gap between hard sf and cyberpunk. MOVING MARS (1994) and "/"--also known as SLANT--(1997) are both set in the same future as QUEEN OF ANGELS. 1998 saw the release of FOUNDATION AND CHAOS, book two in the Second Foundation series (the first is by Gregory Benford, the third by David Brin). The project expanded the universe described in Isaac Asimov's enormously influential original Foundation series. In addition to writing, Bear is an accomplished illustrator--some of his art graces the covers of his own books--and he has worked as a freelance journalist covering, among other things, the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn.
Praise
"'The Time Machine'...is worth reading, if you like to read impossible yarns, and though there is scarcely an effort to make the queer invention, by means of which the inventor was projected into the year 800,000 of our era, seem likely, the narrative is smartly written, and the philosophy of the thing is at once obvious (which is desirable when a story book has any philosophy) and interesting."
"Without question 'The Time Machine' is the best piece of writing. It will take its place among the great stories of our language. Like all excellent works it has meanings within its meaning."
"Indeed, I would claim that Wells's early fiction is closer to the symbolic romances of Hawthorne or Melville, or to a complex fantasy like 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,' or even to the fables of Kafka, than it is to the more strictly scientific speculations of Verne."
From the Publisher
Annotation At a dinner party in suburban London, the Time Traveller, known to the reader only as the Eminent Scientist, speaks to his guests about the fourth dimension of space--i.e. time. He states that it is possible to travel through time much as one travels through space. The guests are not persuaded, even after seeing the Eminent Scientist's time machine itself. At a later dinner party, the scientist arrives a little late, rumpled and dirty. He tells them he has spent the equivalent of eight days in the year 802,701. He encountered the Eloi, a race of delicate gentle vegetarians who exist in an idyllic garden, and the Morlocks, who live underground and operate the machinery and industrial equipment of the world. The Eloi, in other words are descendents of capitalism, and the Morlocks are the progeny of the proletariat. The Time Traveller then hurries into the year 30,000,000, where he sees a single life form--a round, tentacled thing near the ocean. He concludes that this represents the end of life on earth.
First Line The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us.
Editors Note A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi. Reprint.
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Book Format Pocketbook
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Number of Pages 0144
Publisher Signet Classics

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