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I saw the movie first. The book difference was a surprise 16. September 2014
Von bernie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
An unnamed time traveler sees the future of man (802,701 A.D.) and then the inevitable future of the world. He tells his tale in detail. Some of the details are fascinating as the traveler come to discover the secret of the results of social striation over centuries which eventually creates two separate species from humans. Which species is the more human? Can anything be done to prevent or correct this?

I grew up on the Rod Taylor /George Pal movie. When I started the book I expected it to be slightly different with a tad more complexity as with most book/movie relationships. I was surprised to find the reason for the breakup of species (Morlock and Eloi) was class Vs atomic (in later movie versions it was political). I could live with that but to find that some little pink thing replaced Yvette Mimieux was too munch.

After all the surprises we can look at the story as unique in its time, first published in 1895, yet the message is timeless. The writing and timing could not have been better. And the ending was certainly appropriate for the world that he describes. Possibly, if the story were written today the species division would be based on eugenics.
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Travel in the Fourth Dimension 28. Oktober 2012
Von Acute Observer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The Time Machine, H. G. Wells

Chapter 1 begins by explaining the fourth dimension - Duration - after the three dimensions of Length Breadth, and Thickness. You can move around in Space but not in time. [Actually, we are always moving in the fourth dimension of time, but its not under our control.] If you can overcome gravity with a balloon why can't you overcome Time? [Flying machines had not been invented in 1895.] The guests are shown a model machine that will go into the future then return. A lever was pushed and the machine suddenly vanished! The next week his friends returned but the Time Traveler (call him George) wasn't home. Suddenly he entered with dusty and dirty clothes, hungry and thirsty. After hurriedly eating his meal George explained what happened. He got on his Time Machine and pushed the start lever. The sun hopped across the sky, a day passed like a minute.

Everything seemed strange. He pushed the stop lever and found himself under a shower of hail. He saw great buildings. Small slight men appeared, simply dressed, and speaking a strange language. They seemed child-like. These people were strict vegetarians eating only fruit. Animals like cattle were extinct. The year was 802,701 AD! He found a great heap of granite rubble. Three were no small houses, only large palaces. The people dressed alike, no differences between the sexes. Was there a need of the traditional family? Selective breeding produces better products. [Intelligent design?] There was neither social or economic struggle, commerce and advertising was gone. Population control ended an increasing population. Does the lack of struggle cause changes in the people? Will it lead to languor and decay? [Does this explain the problems of those with inherited wealth?]

George finds his Time Machine missing from where he left it (Chapter 5)! Can it be recovered? He notices covered wells on the land. Also, there are no aged and infirm among the people. George found living places, dining halls, and sleeping apartments. But no manufacturing or industry. These little people stayed inside after dark. In the early morning George went outside and saw white ape-like creatures in the distance. The sun was hotter in this future world. Later he sees another of these pale creatures. Animals that live largely in the dark have large eyes that reflect light. The perfect security of the beautiful "Eloi" led to their degeneration. What would the subterranean "Morlocks" be like?

The Morlocks are carnivorous (Chapter 6). Down below George hears the noise from big machines. The Morlocks tried to keep him from escaping to the upper world. The Eloi might have been the aristocracy and the Morlocks their servants, but a new relationship arose (Chapter 7). George searches an abandoned and decaying building and finds a box of matches and an iron bar. The trip through the forest isn't complete when night falls and the Morlocks arise. Can he keep a fire going to keep them away? George returns to find his Time Machine in a building. Is this a trap? Yes, but he can work the machine to return to the past. His visit to the future revealed a dying planet (Chapter 11).

Backwards ran time until George arrived at his beginning (Chapter 12). Do his visitors believe this story? [No physical evidence except withered white flowers.] Was George suffering from overwork? The next day George vanished with his Time Machine. He has never returned. Will he ever return? The `Epilogue' aks if the growing pile of civilization will inevitably fall back upon humanity. [This 1895 novella asks some interesting questions about the future of mankind. Will an expanding sun cause the destruction of its planets? Will mankind ever learn to live in peace and harmony? [No, conflicts are inherent in living things.] No one can ever make a good movie from the original work.
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