The Time Machine

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Independently Published, Oct 8, 2017 - 57 pages
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Before the skepticism of his friends, a scientist of the late nineteenth century discovered the keys to the designation "the quarter of time" and build a vehicle that allows him to travel physically through it. In the meantime the friends gather in their house, but on one occasion the host does not appear. After waiting awhile, his friends see him entering a calamitous state. He tells the story of how he traveled through time: with the intention of seeing the future of mankind moved to the year 802.701, but far from finding a society in the fullness of its development, a decaying world inhabited on its surface by hedonistic beings (the Eloi), but without writing, intelligence or physical force. The Traveler supposes that he has also been eliminated from humanity after resolving all his existential conflicts, however, he soon discovers that these beings live with immense fear and darkness. The subsoil is dominated by sinister creatures, the Morlocks, another branch of the human species that has become accustomed to living in the dark and selling the night for the food of the Eloi it captures. After doing some explorations in the surroundings on his arrival to the future, he returns to the place where he left the time machine, but is no longer there; later realized that the Morlocks have locked it up on the pedestal of a statue representing a Sphinx located in the place where the Time Traveler appeared.He does his best to find a way to recover it, and he finds himself with a huge construction, the Palace of Green Porcelain, a museum in ruins. There he picks up tools to open the brass doors of the sphinx statue pedestal, but when he returns he discovers that it is already open. Enter it, find his machine, and discover that everything was a trap, but escapes with his machine before the Morlocks capture him. After leaving this era, the protagonist continues his journey advancing even more in time until he reaches the edge of the end of life on planet Earth, with a new era of glacier that almost destroys all civilization. After millions of years, he sees the sun standing on the sky in an eternal twilight. Exhausted and frightened, he returns to his time and tells the story to his companions. No one believes his story, but one of the usual tertulians returns the next day and sees how the traveler takes certain things from his laboratory (among them a camera) and departs into the future. The narrator, present in the flight of the Traveler, comments that this happened more than three years ago. Today he waits for the Traveler to ask him about his new adventure.H.G. Wells portrays the protagonist as a man with gray eyes and a "habitually pale" face, and notes that "he was one of those people too intelligent to be believed, he had the feeling that he was never completely perceived, he suspected one always in him some subtle reserve, some genius ambush, behind his lucid frankness. " To the above it should be added that he is a subject of action, since he does not hesitate to launch himself to try his invention and, despite the dangers of the first adventure, he does not lack the courage to go on a second trip through the weather. In addition, he is a person with extraordinary knowledge of the world in which he lives, both scientifically and socially or politically speaking, and which also characterizes his concern for the course of humanity, which is why he is launched to know the future and the end of it. It is also known that he possessed great knowledge about culture, medicine, politics, mathematics, biology and other sciences.

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User Review  - unclebob53703 - LibraryThing

Classic science fiction. This is the first American edition, handsomely illustrated and in excellent shape, considering it's 24 years older than I am. First read it from the Library, then tracked down my own copy--long before there was an Internet. Read full review

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User Review  - Lorem - LibraryThing

I rather enjoyed this book, such breadth of feeling and scenery in a pretty short book. I really enjoyed the scenes if the time travelers own introspection about what would cause this stratification ... Read full review

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