the first time machine
the first time traveller
if he had written nothing else, H. G. Wells still gets credit as a progenitor of science-fiction for The Time Machine
a gentleman scientist/inventor devises a time machine that allows him to travel to specified points in Earth’s timeline. our time traveller makes a journey to the year 802,701 C.E. where he finds the human race has evolved/devolved into two separate races: the elite and useless Eloi and the servient underground dwellers Morlocks. the leisure life of the Eloi is maintained by the continued hard labor of the Morlocks.