25 April 2011

The Time Machine

I recently finished reading HG Wells's The Time Machine.  It was the first book in a collection of seven science fiction novels by HG Wells; other books in it include The Island of Dr. Moreau and The War of the Worlds.

The Time Machine totally defied my expectation; instead of a tale of futuristic adventure, the inventor of the time machine instead journeys to the future to discover a rather dismal view of humanity's heading, encountering the Eloi - beatific, childlike, and rather dim human descendants - and later, Morlocks, who steal the traveller's device.

The traveller discovers that the Morlocks are also descendants of humanity, descended (he supposes) from the lower classes that had to work for their living, having evolved to live underground, while the privileged upper class evolved into the Eloi - breeding any intellect and drive right out of them.

The social commentary of the novel took me by surprise, I must say, especially coming as it did from a 19th Century Englishman, though further research into Wells reveals that it is in fact quite consistent with his character.

I was impressed with his choice to keep the story set squarely on Earth, with no hint of the stars behind; and I was especially fascinated with his tale of the sun turning into a red giant as witnessed Earthside.

All in all, The Time Machine was a great read, and I look forward to delving further into Wells's work.  Up next: The Island of Dr. Moreau.

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Books: Finished The Time Machine, on to The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Bottles: Nothing lately.  Opening my best bottle on Saturday, probably - Domaine de la Vieux Telegraphe La Crau 2006.

Writing: Not too much...

Guitar: Working on "Goodbye Blue Sky."