The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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This book is an intriguing account of time traveling, probably the first of its kinds amongst the science fictions...While breezing through this science fiction, there is an inner debate going through your mind. Is time traveling possible...Read through this novel to see what you feel about it.
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Illus. in black-and-white. When a turn-of-the-century scientist travels into the distant future in his time machine, he expects to find progress and superior people. But instead he discovers a world in decay. Reading level: 2.4.  
 

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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"-The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)-won him distinction as the father of science fiction. Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."
 
Published June 10, 2015 by Rudram Publishing. 56 pages
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Reviewed by Sujata Chandra on Jul 26 2015

This book is an intriguing account of time traveling, probably the first of its kinds amongst the science fictions...While breezing through this science fiction, there is an inner debate going through your mind. Is time traveling possible...Read through this novel to see what you feel about it.

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Reviewed by fyrefly on Aug 29 2011

It’s a very short book – barely long enough to qualify as a novella, really – and part of me wishes it were longer, with a more complex plot. The prose, while not as dense as I was expecting, did take some getting used to, but overall it was definitely worth the read. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Reviewed by Ana S on Feb 04 2009

This was my first time reading Wells’ longer fiction, and, like his short stories, The Time Machine is absolutely gripping...I guess it’s not a spoiler to say that after the main story, set in 802,701, the Time Traveller travels even further into the future...I really enjoyed The Time Machine, and I look forward to reading more Wells.

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Reviewed by Russ Allbery on Nov 01 2009

If you've avoided the original because of concerns that it might be a slow and wordy classic or feel badly dated, it's still worth a look. The Time Machine does speak to a somewhat dated set of political concerns...but it's worth reading. The description is concise, effective, and at times almost poetic...

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