The Time Machine – NaBloPoMo 2010

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

 

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

 

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.

 

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4 thoughts on “The Time Machine – NaBloPoMo 2010

  1. Interesting. The Time Machine was also Wells’ speculation on what would happen if his own Spencerian and socialist theories came true in the future. He thought the impoverished working classes of Britain would devolve into beings with little language or intellectual capability, but would have greater physical strength than the wealthy aristocratic elite who performed no physical labor and spent all of their time on academic and artistic activities.

    He got it wrong, I think, at least for the US. The wealthy elite are physically healthier but are intellectually vapid, while the working classes are unemployed and overweight. I think Futurama had it right, where we all get replaced by robots.

    • Yes you should! I think it was assigned in one of my high school classes but I had read it before. It’s a short book so it doesn’t take long to read.

      The image when he goes even farther (do we still have spoilers 100 years later?) has always stuck with me.

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