The Time Machine

ISBN : 9780198707516

H. G. Wells; Roger Luckhurst
160 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
Oxford World's Classics
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  • It is the 150th anniversary of H. G. Wells's birth in 2016
  • Uses first 1895 book edition, but tracks Wells's changes from earlier serialisations, since the book had a very long and complicated pre-publication history
  • Contextual introduction by leading scholar of late Victorian popular fiction
  • Includes appendix with excised longer version of Wells's vision for the death of the planet
  • Contains additional two essays by Wells on the same themes, 'Zoological Retrogression' (1891) and 'On Extinction' (1893)

'So, in the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers...'
At a Victorian dinner party, in Richmond, London, the Time Traveller returns to tell his extraordinary tale of mankind's future in the year 802,701 AD. It is a dystopian vision of Darwinian evolution, with humans split into an above-ground species of Eloi, and their troglodyte brothers. 
The first book H. G. Wells published, The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. Even before its serialisation had finished in the spring of 1895, Wells had been declared 'a man of genius', and the book heralded a fifty year career of a major cultural and political controversialist. It is a sardonic rejection of Victorian ideals of progress and improvement and a detailed satirical commentary on the Decadent culture of the 1890s.
This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.
"Very smart-looking new editions of SF classics." - David V Barrett, Fortean Times


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of H. G. Wells
Appendix I: The New Review 'The Further Vision'
Appendix II: H. G. Wells, 'Zoological Retrogression' (1891)
Appendix III: H. G. Wells, 'On Extiction' (1893)
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

H. G. Wells
Edited by Roger Luckhurst, Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London
Roger Luckhurst has written widely on Victorian popular fiction, science fiction and Gothic literature. He has edited Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stoker's Dracula, and an anthology of Late Victorian Gothic Tales for Oxford World's Classics, and an edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Classic Horror Stories. His books include The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford, 2012).

The Time Machine - Audio Guide

The Plot and Themes of The Time Machine

Wells and Victorian Society

Defining a Genre

The interview in full

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