The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Posted by Caitie F on January 5, 2012
Summary from goodreads:
When the Time Traveler courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700–and everything had changed. H.G. Wells’s famous novel of one man’s astonishing journey beyond the conventional limits of the imagination is regarded as one of the great masterpieces in the literature of science fiction.
I wanted to read a novella and when I saw that this is considered the first science fiction book ever, I knew it was something I wanted to read.
It was really good, when you consider that it is the first. These ideas were not cliche and nothing had been done before. I had to keep reminding myself of that and when I did I was delightfully surprised.
The writing is great. The idea of the future is unique and, over 100 years after it was written, still makes sense and fits how our society is going today into the future. The reactions of The Time Traveller’s acquaintances is also fascinating. No one has a name, they just are what they do. There is “The Medicine Man”, “The Editor”, “The Psychologist” and more. They react exactly how you would expect people in these professions to react and it is a accurate portrayal.
Without this book, science fiction may not be what we know and love today. Take a chance to see where it all started!