H.G.Wells "The Time Machine" Book Report

Essay by ruairidhJunior High, 9th gradeA+, May 2004

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Book Review The Time Machine by H G Wells

H.G. Wells wrote "The Time Machine" in 1895. It was the first novel by Wells and was to be the story that launched H.G. Wells successful career and earned him the reputation as the father of science fiction. Wells went on to write more books such as "The Island of Moreau" (1898), "The Invisible Man" (1897, "The War of the Worlds" (1898), "The First Men in the Moon" (1901) and "The War in the Air" (1908). The success of his other books would secure his title of the father of science fiction, although in my eyes "The Time Machine" is the best science fiction book ever.

Before airplanes, space travel and atomic energy, before freeways and traffic jams, poison gas and tanks and just before the dawn of the twentieth century, a nameless inventor in London discovered a way to travel in time, using a mysterious machine assembled in a small private shop.

Wells sends his brave explorer to the future with our greatest hopes........... and our deepest fears. A pull of the time machine's lever and the time traveller is propelled into the age of a slowly dying earth. There he discovers two bizarre races - the simply, playful, childish Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks. Both races not only symbolise the duality of human nature, but also offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow.

Thanks to Wells amazing descriptive ability, we are able to imagine the world of tomorrow, a world with no cities or towns, No roads, no cars, no houses or buildings except those of the large marble palace - like buildings where the Eloi eat and sleep. If I was to use a modern comparison, I would dare to day that...