The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

“The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day.”  (quoted from’s biography of H. G. Wells)time machine.jpg

Just like our children are living through incredible times of technological advancement, H.G. Wells was living through the post-Industrial Age when mind-blowing inventions like the incandescent lightbulb, the typewriter, sewing machines, automatic harvesters and the winchester rifle were changing society forever.   H. G. Wells used thrilling science fiction novels to give voice to his concerns for where society would end up with the kinds of changes he was witnessing — extrapolated 800,000 years into the future!

Although not a difficult read, The Time Machine is full of complex ideas.  It makes an excellent read-aloud where there is time to discuss thoughts and philosophies together.

Numerous films, made for TV movies, and audio recordings of Mr. Wells’ idea of time travel have been made.

Middle and High School reading levels, 88 pages, Science Fiction, Published in 1895.


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