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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (11 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612930824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612930824
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (498 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,119,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HG Wells virtually defined modern science fiction with the two tales featured in this double volume, a welcome addition to the SF Masterworks series. The Time Machine is the classic tale of a time traveller's journey to the world of 802,701 AD where humanity is divided between the bad and the beautiful, a simplistic vision at first glance but a prophetic take on a future that may not be so far removed from a reality yet to take hold, simply lurking in the shadows and waiting for the human race to bring it about by its own hand.

The War of the Worlds is perhaps one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written, a chilling, brooding tale that has lost none of its power or punch as the soulless alien invaders blast their way across the English countryside, collecting hapless humans for fiendish experiments and scorching the land. Coming at a time of great technological leaps and bounds, it is not surprising that the War of the Worlds makes as much comment on the fragility of the human race and its dependence on technology, as it does the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Though constantly beaten back, the dwindling human armies throw all the might of their warships at the alien machines with little or no effect--in the end, it is the common cold which brings about the downfall of the extra-terrestrial killers. Their motivations are never explained, nor do they need to be, their chilling cries echoing across the deserted, burning countryside of Britain accting as both a chilling war cry and a blood-curdling wake-up call. Surely, one of the most essential science fiction publications you could ever buy. --Jonathan Weir. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Every time-travel story since "The Time Machine" is fundamentally indebted to Wells." --Robert Silverberg, author, "Legends"

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2016
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First published way back in 1895 this novella still has the power to really make us think about the future of mankind. Although time travel had come up in literature before I think H G Wells is the person credited for giving us the term time machine which has now become universal.

We never know the time traveller’s name as the narrator leaves out that tantalising detail. The story starts one evening with friends gathered around and they are told about and presented with a small model time machine, which is then made to disappear. Of course like us most of them believe this to be the work of sleight of hand. But as we read on and these people are gathered for a dinner and chat some time later, the time traveller bursts in on them, saying he has been forward in time.

And so we are taken millennia into the future where we are told of what was seen and experienced. Ending up in what was once London the area seems to be full of partially ruined buildings and the landscape is like a vast garden. There we are introduced to the Eloi, who are like us, but more diminutive and not really showing that much interest in the world around them, as well as being a bit simple. But as our intrepid explorer is about to find out, these are not the only people around, for there are the Morlocks who live underground.

As we read here the time traveller has certain theories on what has happened in the many centuries that have passed since his own and this fits in with Wells’ own politics and leanings, so this is very much a socialist idea with which the traveller forms his opinions. In all this is still a great story to read, and although I suspect most have already read it before at one time or another there will always be those who have never read it before, as well as many who would like to reacquaint themselves with this tale.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2016
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First published way back in 1895 this novella still has the power to really make us think about the future of mankind. Although time travel had come up in literature before I think H G Wells is the be the work of sleight of hand. But as we read on and these people are gathered for a dinner and person credited for giving us the term time machine which has now become universal.

We never know the time traveller’s name as the narrator leaves out that tantalising detail. The story starts one evening with friends gathered around and they are told about and presented with a small model time machine, which is then made to disappear. Of course like us most of them believe this to chat some time later, the time traveller bursts in on them, saying he has been forward in time.

And so we are taken millennia into the future where we are told of what was seen and experienced. Ending up in what was once London the area seems to be full of partially ruined buildings and the landscape is like a vast garden. There we are introduced to the Eloi, who are like us, but more diminutive and not really showing that much interest in the world around them, as well as being a bit simple. But as our intrepid explorer is about to find out, these are not the only people around, for there are the Morlocks who live underground.

As we read here the time traveller has certain theories on what has happened in the many centuries that have passed since his own and this fits in with Wells’ own politics and leanings, so this is very much a socialist idea with which the traveller forms his opinions. In all this is still a great story to read, and although I suspect most have already read it before at one time or another there will always be those who have never read it before, as well as many who would like to reacquaint themselves with this tale.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2016
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First published way back in 1895 this novella still has the power to really make us think about the future of mankind. Although time travel had come up in literature before I think H G Wells is the person credited for giving us the term time machine which has now become universal.

We never know the time traveller’s name as the narrator leaves out that tantalising detail. The story starts one evening with friends gathered around and they are told about and presented with a small model time machine, which is then made to disappear. Of course like us most of them believe this to be the work of sleight of hand. But as we read on and these people are gathered for a dinner and chat some time later, the time traveller bursts in on them, saying he has been forward in time.

And so we are taken millennia into the future where we are told of what was seen and experienced. Ending up in what was once London the area seems to be full of partially ruined buildings and the landscape is like a vast garden. There we are introduced to the Eloi, who are like us, but more diminutive and not really showing that much interest in the world around them, as well as being a bit simple. But as our intrepid explorer is about to find out, these are not the only people around, for there are the Morlocks who live underground.

As we read here the time traveller has certain theories on what has happened in the many centuries that have passed since his own and this fits in with Wells’ own politics and leanings, so this is very much a socialist idea with which the traveller forms his opinions. In all this is still a great story to read, and although I suspect most have already read it before at one time or another there will always be those who have never read it before, as well as many who would like to reacquaint themselves with this tale.
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