5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Pull the lever!

And just like that, you’re thrown through time! Come with me as we explore the classic science fiction thriller; the original time travel story… The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.

Book Review: The Time Machine

With every single moment; years, tens, hundreds, thousands pass before the Time Traveler’s eyes. Caves formed around him, the seasons blend into one. Society rose and fell. Leaving nothing but dust…

Book Review: The Time Machine

“And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers – shriveled now, and brown and flat and brittle – to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of men.”

Those are some of the final words spoken to us by our protagonist, the inventor of the time machine, who travels 800,000 years into the future where humanity is replaced by two creatures: the Eloi and the Morlocks. The former is a dumb but gentle race, who live off the garden above, no needs to be taken care of, everything is provided to them. Then the latter are Morlocks, a group of underground dwelling Ape like carnivores who hunt the Eloi.

Book Review: The Time Machine

The story is actually a social commentary about the Bourgeoisie and the Proletariats; where the working class evolved into the Morlocks keeping the world alive in underground factories, while the upper class evolved into dainty, weak helpless creatures that don’t even notice that they’ll be eaten, or they don’t care with the luxuries that they have.

Book Review: The Time Machine

The Time Traveler goes on a series of adventures, fighting against the Morlocks, and traveling to the end of Earths timeline. From the end of all life, the cracked shores of a dying Earth, to watching the world grow over human progress. The primary motivation and focus for the story, movie-wise, not so much in the book is to save Weena. Of course in the movies, the Eloi are beautiful humans and not so much the small creatures portrayed in the book, and the Morlocks are ape-like.

The story has been criticized as being a take of evolution, where it has more to do with capitalism versus socialism. In Wells version the Eloi are socialists, lazy, not caring about tomorrow. While Morlocks are industrialists, who feed the Eloi and keep them as livestock.

Book Review: The Time Machine

Although, first of its kind, it has still been appreciated years after its first release in 1890. The Time Machine has taken on multiple different appropriations and stylizations from radio dramas to a 1960s movie and even a 2002 remake. The story lives on in our hearts and mind as we wonder what tomorrow will bring. Don’t blink too fast, you might just miss the time traveler.

This genre-defining novella is one of the first looks into time travel. The possible future, and even more interestingly enough, the idea of choosing a new future. Written in 1890, it lived during the age of adventure novels. From Henry Ryder Haggard to Jules Verne the world was fresh with the possibility of searching for some unseen horizon.