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The Time Machine

The Time Machine (Paperback)

By Wells, H. G.
Edited by Luckhurst, Roger

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The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.

ISBN 9780198707516
Barcode 9780198707516
Published 26 January 2017 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780198707516
ISBN-10 0198707517
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 26 January 2017
International Publication Date 12 January 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wells, H. G.
Edited by Luckhurst, Roger
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category General & Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 195mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 124g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Science fiction, Time travel, Fiction, Dystopias, Dystopian fiction
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.912
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'So, in the end, above ground you must have the Haves, pursuing pleasure and comfort and beauty, and below ground the Have-nots, the Workers...' At a Victorian dinner party, in Richmond, London, the Time Traveller returns to tell his extraordinary tale of mankind's future in the year 802,701 AD. It is a dystopian vision of Darwinian evolution, with humans split into an above-ground species of Eloi, and their troglodyte brothers. The first book H. G. Wells published, The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. Even before its serialisation had finished in the spring of 1895, Wells had been declared 'a man of genius', and the book heralded a fifty year career of a major cultural and political controversialist. It is a sardonic rejection of Victorian ideals of progress and improvement and a detailed satirical commentary on the Decadent culture of the 1890s. This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Very smart-looking new editions of SF classics. * David V Barrett, Fortean Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Roger Luckhurst has written widely on Victorian popular fiction, science fiction and Gothic literature. He has edited Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stoker's Dracula, and an anthology of Late Victorian Gothic Tales for Oxford World's Classics, and an edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Classic Horror Stories. His books include The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford, 2012).

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