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Book Title: The Time Machine and Other Stories|
The author of the book: H.G. Wells
Date of issue: 1966
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.85 MB
Edition: Scholastic Magazines, Incorporated
Read full description of the books The Time Machine and Other Stories:*Review for ‘The Time Machine & Other Works’ by Wordsworth Editions
One of the most important books of H.G. Wells’s, young then, writing career is definitely ‘The Time Machine’; a book that not only managed to win its readers and remain, even today, famous for more than a century, but also changed the genre of what is today known as Science Fiction.
Along with ‘The Time Machine’ this collection, published by Wordsworth Editions, contains also: ‘When the Sleeper Wakes’, a quite different story that takes us to a distant, though not completely impossible, dystopian future; and, lastly, ‘The Chronic Argonauts’, a short story that shows Wells’s first ideas of the “Time Machine”.
The Time Machine
The much famed, and not unfairly, story of this novel follows the adventures of the Time Traveler as, we watch the events through an, unnamed, narrator, he shares through a dinner for friends and fellow scientists his ideas, and his desires for traveling into the unknown future.
However, the Time Traveler’s desires, as they will soon discover, are much closer to the reality than they would have ever believed as they're, not only is very plausible, but they have already become a fact as he has managed to build such a machine, and travel to the distant future. Only that the Time Traveler’s adventures, as he will recount them later, are something that they certainly did not expect as it will reveal to them of a future much different from what they would have imagined and could also change humankind’s fate forever.
It’s a simple and fast story though yet, despite its age, it still manages even today to win you with Wells showing his strong, and vivid imagination and his, wonderfully, enchanting writing as he describes us, and especially in the last chapters, of a truly unbelievable future.
It’s a book that could easily be characterized as a “landmark” for the genre of Science Fiction as it has affected not only future writers, but all the readers who managed to travel to these magical adventures of this story and love them. 8.5/10
When the Sleeper Wakes
The second novel follows Graham, a simple man that lives in London in the late 19th century that has been cursed with a disorder that no other human would have wanted: that of insomnia.
But, with the help of Isbister, a young artist who will meet him and invite him to his home, he will perhaps manage to find a solution and help him sleep. Only that this will come in the most bizarre way and when he finally wakes up, he will discover that this sleep has kept him under for much longer than he would have ever believed and - with his life now changed forever - he will find himself in a distant future, and in a different, and completely unknown world that he wouldn’t have dreamed even in his wildest dreams.
However, when the awakening of the mythical “Sleeper” gets released he will find himself against a new system that wants the world's power and it will put him in a great adventure that may well bring chaos and destruction to the entire humankind.
It’s a quite large story that takes a lot of elements that Wells created in ‘The Time Machine’. But nevertheless, this story, I believe, manages to stand out on its own way as, having now taken some experience in the late 19th century, Wells’s writing becomes even more beautiful and quite significantly stronger, that shows also and a much more matured, and even more loveable Wells.
On the other hand in this story also stands out and his incredible, and very prophetic, ideas that give, too, their own flavour in this world as he brings his first creations of the airplanes, and of his aeropiles; some - extremely - fantastic “insect-like” flying machines (as he develops also some other similarly imaginations later in ‘The War in the Air’).
Last but not least, it is worth to mention that the story was revised later by Wells in 1910, and changed its title to ‘The Sleeper Awakes’, however I believe that its original form is not only very good, but also shows the true H.G. Wells; the one we all love. 8.5/10
The Chronic Argonauts
The last story of this collection follows the adventures of Dr. Nebogipfel, an unusual inventor that after an “unfortunate” incident in a small Welsh town he reveals to Reverend Cook his, mysterious, creation of the “Time Machine”.
This story is split into two parts: the first two chapters follow an, unnamed, author as he tries to find out the events of Dr. Nebogipfel’s adventures that took place; while in the next two we see the events through flashbacks from Reverend Cook’s side as he is faced with the laboratory of this, unusual, scientist.
It's a pretty short story without giving a very considerable time to the development of the plot, or even to the characters themselves; but despite that the main idea - that led to the much loved “Time Machine” - is pretty good. It certainly doesn’t reach the same level with the other two stories, but I think it is worth a look for anyone who wants a glimpse of Wells’s first ideas of the “Time Machine”. 6.5/10
Overall, these three stories share the same theme but they’re, in the end, much more as they share the ideas that brought Wells much higher than anyone would have ever imagined and made all of us to love him.
Read information about the authorIn 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". D. 1946.
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