The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells


I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”

— H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895)


The Time Machine is H. G. Wells’ seminal time-travel novella. Published in 1895, it is the first modern portrayal of time travel and is widely credited as having popularised the concept of traveling through time in a vehicle or machine. Indeed, Wells coined the term ‘time machine’.

The story is framed as the recounting by an anonymous Time Traveller of his journey to AD 802,701, where he discovers that humanity has split into two separate human species: the fair, childlike Eloi, and the savage, simian Morlocks.

The Time Machine will be part of our Science Fiction collection.