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The time traveler first steps out of his magnificent time-transport machine in the year 802,700. He finds Earth populated by a race of slender pacifists and decides to study this lush land of flower people before returning to his own age. These pacifists, he discovers, have built their wealth on the backs of a slave class forced to live below ground. As the conflict between them surfaces, the time traveler finds that his only means of escape, his time machine, has been stolen.Wells' amazing view of the future, propelled forward from his own Victorian era to the present, serves both as classic science fiction and as a parable of the chasm between the working-class suffering and the upper-class privilege of his day.
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By Bruce on 12-14-10

Good Book

I have read this book a few times before. But this I time, I read it after reading H.G. Well's Outline Of History. Many of the same philosophical thoughts are expounded upon in both books. Wells writes about the evolution of the human race in The Outline of History, and about the devolution of the human race in The Time Machine. The Morlocks bear an erie resemblance to the Neanderthals, whom Wells described as being remembered in the human racial collective memory as the 'ogre' of mythological prehistory. The crabs and insects who ruled the Earth of the early Devonian Period 400 million years ago are described by Wells in Outline of History, and they are similar to the giant crabs he describes who rule the Earth at the end of the planet in Time Machine. For anyone who wishes the Time Traveler had spent more time in that deteriorated library/museum of the future, try reading Outline of History and Time Machine back-to-back. Good scientific knowledge mixed with some action-thriller moments.

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By Thomas on 09-19-09

Great Fun

Fantastic story and well narrated! It has been awhile since I read the original, and now I realize that the movies somewhat diluted / ruined the adventure. I highly recommend this one.

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