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The Time Machine (FingerPrint! Classics)
“There are really four dimensions, three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time.”
A compelling science fiction, The Time Machine is a first-hand account of a Time Traveller’s journey into the future. A pull of the lever and the machine sends him to the year 802,701, when humanity has split into two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks. Here, his machine is stolen and with the help of Weena, an Eloi he saved from drowning, the traveller is able to retrieve it.
Whizzing thirty million years further into the future, he finds a slowly dying earth, where the bloated red sun sits motionless in the sky and the only sign of life is a black blob with tentacles.
He returns to the Victorian time, overwhelmed, just three hours after he originally left…
Credited with inventing the time machine in this masterpiece, the provocative insight of H. G. Wells continues to enthrall the readers. The Time Machine has since been adapted into many feature films and television series, and has inspired many more works of fiction.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins. Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free (as opposed to "indiscriminate") love. He continued to openly have extra-marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten-year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out-of-wedlock children. A one-time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change. His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia (1905), The Outline of History (1920), A Short History of the World (1922), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1932). One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a "divine will" in his book, God the Invisible King (1917), it was a temporary aberration. Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. He is best-remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.
He was also an outspoken socialist. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Fathers of Science Fiction". He died in 1946.