February 06, 2010

The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

  • Who doesn’t know this book? One of the best fictions written ever. Of course a lot of other works, movies have taken ‘inspiration’ from this concept of the Time Machine. But what H.G Wells had thought of in the 18th century is truly remarkable, other books of which were written a long time ago have actually materialized into scientific realities. So he definetely was a man of vision. He has written papers on Nuclear Energy way before Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we all must have seen Hollow Man; it definitely is a concept he wrote of in the ‘Invisible Man’

  • I thought of going back and reading this book once more. It is definitely gripping even though in today’s world we’ve seen so many sci-fi movies that we may not be captivated by the idea of reading this book and enjoying it’s thrill... But trust me once you get into this sci-fi thriller u’ll really enjoy, it. But yes if you have already watched the movie, then it’s a lot better than the book. But you have to remember that this book was written two centuries ago.

  • It talks about a ‘Time Traveler’ that’s his name in the book. He’s a scientists who actually invents the Time Machine. When he displays a small model to his fellow scientists they think it’s a joke. Well to prove them right, he goes ahead and uses the actual model and goes ahead in the future. The machine The criterion of the prophecy in this case is influenced by the theory of "natural selection." Mr. Wells' vision of the "Sunset of Mankind" was of men so nearly adapted to their environment that the need to struggle, with the corollary of the extermination of the unfit, had practically ceased. Humanity had become differentiated into two races, one the Eloi, race of childlike, simple, delicate creatures living on the surface of a kindly earth; the other, the Morlocks, a more active but debased race, of bestial habits, who lived underground and preyed cannibalistically on the surface-dwellers, who they helped to preserve, as a man may preserve game. The Eloi, according to the hypothesis of the Time Traveller, are the descendents of the leisured classes; the Morlocks of the workers. All this is in the year 802,701 A.D.

  • THE TIME MACHINE, despite certain obvious faults of imagination and style, is a brilliant fantasy: and it affords a valuable picture of the young Wells looking at the world, with his normal eyes, and finding it, more particularly, incomplete. At the age of twenty-seven or so, he has freed himself very completely from the bonds of conventional thought, and is prepared to examine, and to present life from the detached standpoint, views it all from a respectable distance; but who is able, nevertheless -- an essential qualification to enter life with all the passion and generosity of his own humanity. It’s a good read, which has an open ending and I the sequel can only be written by H.G. Wells who knows maybe he’ll ‘TIME TRAVEL’ and do that for us...


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