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The Time Machine: An Invention

By H. G. Wells / Henry Holt & Co. / 1895



Sometimes called “the Father of Science Fiction” (alongside greats such as Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback), H. G. Wells played a pivotal role in shaping the science fiction world. Over the decades, science fiction pioneers have paid homage to Wells, alluding to his works and often even including him as a character. Wells’ wealth of writings grappled with England’s scientific, ethical, and political issues, confronting the reality he inhabited with the realities he constructed.

The Time Machine is a classic science fiction novella. It is the origin of the term “time machine,” used to describe a vehicle that allows the main character to travel thousands of years into the future, where he lives among the evolved versions of humanity. The story has been adapted numerous times, and its revolutionary concepts are now commonplace in the science fiction genre.

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Key Features

  • Considered a forerunner of the science fiction genre
  • Regarded as the first science fiction story of time travel
  • Explores issues surrounding social stratification, human nature, and scientific innovation

Product Details

  • Title: The Time Machine
  • Author: H. G. Wells
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 216

About H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) was an English writer, sometimes referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction,” along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. While Wells is best-known for his classic works of science fiction, he wrote successfully in a number of genres. His politically charged writings offered unique perspectives on culture, class, government, war, and science. Wells’ works were highly influential, and he himself frequently appears as a character in the works of other writers, both in literature and in film. His other works include Kipps: The History of Mr. Polly, Tono-Bungay, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought, When the Sleeper Wakes, The First Men in the Moon, and “The Country of the Blind.”