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The Time Machine was written by  H. G. Wells in 1895. He is often quoted as the father of Science Fiction. Time Machine is the first time travel story ever written.

It’s a very short book and Wells has created a world 800,000 years in future in just about 100 pages. The Protagonist time travels to this new and strange world inhabited by two species, Eloi and Morlocks. While the former are gentle but dumb, latter are nocturnal, cunning , predatory creatures living under the ground.

Wells has described the new world, the dystopian earth, touched aspects of human nature and managed to squeeze in some romance in such a short novella! First 25 pages were bit sluggish for me but then I enjoyed it till the end. The ending was very fitting, IMHO.

It might feel a bit dated mainly it was written more than a century ago and specially when one has read much more advanced sci-fi books. But reading the ‘first’ of something is always a pleasure!

Some quotes:

“Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no need of change.”

We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. Without them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence. ”

This is amusing:

“Very simple was my explanation, and plausible enough—as most wrong theories are!”

“Face this world. Learn its ways, watch it, be careful of too hasty guesses at its meaning. In the end you will find clues to it all.”