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  • Taschenbuch: 144 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin Classics; Auflage: Reprint (14. Februar 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0141439971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141439976
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 0,9 x 19,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 14.058 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad

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When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.

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Wie wird die Zukunft in tausenden von Jahren aussehen? Wie und wohin wird sich die Menschheit entwickeln? Diese Fragen hat sich kein Schriftsteller so intensiv gestellt, wie Herbert George Wells. Keiner hat sie so schonungslos sachlich beantwortet. Keiner so hintergründig. Im Jahr 1895 erschien der bahnbrechende Roman "The Time Machine" erstmals in Buchform. Bis zum heutigen Tag einer der populärsten, prägendsten - und gewiss einer der besten - Romane der Science Fiction. H. G. Wells war es, der erstmals das Motiv der Zeitreise in die Literatur einführte und Wells war es, der erstmals das dazu nötige Instrument erschuf: die Zeitmaschine. Sein technisches Verständnis, sein klarer Blick in Zeiten der zunehmenden ethisch-moralischen Unsicherheit am Fin de Siècle und sein schriftstellerisches Talent erzählen den Lesern noch heute eine Geschichte, die verstört, die unterhält und die uns erstaunlich viel über das Menschsein zu verraten vermag.

Die Geschichte: Im Kreise einiger Freunde berichtet ein mit Namen nicht genannter Zeitreisender schier Unglaubliches. Eine von ihm konstruierte Zeitmaschine führte ihn ins Jahr 802701. Das Themsetal ist nicht länger ein urbaner Moloch, sondern ein idyllisches, paradiesisches Kleinod. Üppige Früchte versorgen die Eloi, ein naives, von schwächlicher Statur gekennzeichnetes Volk, mit allem, was es benötigt. Ihr scheinbar glückliches, wenn auch sinnentleertes Dasein, wird nur vor einer immensen Furcht vor der Finsternis durchbrochen.
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One of the greatest books I've ever read--get this edition! 26. Juli 2005
Von Polymath - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I tried reading this book as a child many, many years ago, some of the "big" words and allusions made it hard going, and I never completed it then. Finally, about fifteen years ago I did read it through, but still was missing something. Then, a few weeks ago, I got this edition, after having enjoyed the Penguin edition of "The War of the Worlds" with its annotations and map. Well, the annotations in this edition (about four pages worth as endnotes) of "The Time Machine" cleared away whatever fuzz remained, and I was completely overcome by the greatness of the book, great from whatever way I looked at it: plot, speculation, characters, "sense of wonder", even throw away humor were all topnotch. I couldn't believe what I'd been missing. A few days later, I read another editon of the book that didn't have notes, and had no trouble following that version. I plan to reread the book again shortly. So if you've had difficulty reading "The Time Machine" for some of the reasons mentioned above, get this version pronto and find out what a true classic is.
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A classic for all time! 20. Oktober 2008
Von Guy P. Harrison - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Anyone unfamiliar with the work of H.G. Wells (1866-1946) should take a ride with his 1895 bestselling sensation, The Time Machine. This is the perfect introduction into the work of an amazing author. Relatively short and easy to follow, this story has the power to make a dead man dream. Who hasn't imagined what the future might be like? Well's shows us. Who hasn't worried that we may destroy civilization one day? Well's warns us. Have you ever wondered what the Earth will be like long after we are gone and the sun dies? Wells takes us there.

The Time Machine launched a remarkable career for Wells who went on to write several brilliant books, including: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), and The First Men in the Moon (1901). His greatness as a writer is not found so much in the specific words he chose or the way he structured sentences as it is in the originality and power of his ideas. Many of his works, like The Time Machine, remain relevant and entertaining because the ideas are as provocative today as they were 100 years ago--if not more so thanks to advances in science. The Island of Dr. Moreau, for example, is an astonishing preview of the issues we now face with genetic engineering and cloning. The Time Machine is amplified today thanks to astonishing developments in theoretical physics.

There are many fine versions of The Time Machine available today. One of the best I've seen is the Signet Classic edition (2002). It's an inexpensive paperback and includes an excellent introduction by science-fiction author Greg Bear. Even more valuable, it includes an extended version of the chapter in which the time traveler visits Earth's extreme future. It's a thrilling mental trip. Seeing what becomes of our civilization several thousand years from now is one thing. Glimpsing a future so far ahead that humans are extinct and the sun is dead takes it to an entirely new level. Why the two films based on the book (1960 and 2002) chose to omit this portion of the story is a mystery to me. I believe it would have been a highpoint of the films. Imagine Europe, Africa, North America or the Cayman Islands a few billion years from now. Imagine all buildings, roads, and every other human creation erased by time.

A final point about The Time Machine is that this idea of time travel may turn out to be far more relevant than most readers imagine. In my lifetime I have seen the idea of time travel move from purely science fiction to respectable science. Believe it or not, time travel is no longer far-fetched nonsense in the minds of real scientists. Very serious thought is now given to the possibility that something--or someone--might be sent on a trip through time. A few years ago, for example, I interviewed Dr. Ronald Mallet, a University of Connecticut physics professor who hopes to send a sub-atomic particle back in time. If he pulls that off, launching a human on a similar voyage will likely be nothing more than a matter of time.

--Guy P. Harrison, author of

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Way Ahead of His Time 24. Mai 2009
Von D. Wayne Dworsky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wells departs from the traditional fiction role to pursue something truly unique and untested in attempts at the science fiction genre of his time. He diverts from the magic of Jules Verne, embarking on a new realm, on his own journey. Where Verne's interests lie in maritime stories of a more mundane nature, as fantastic as these were, we see Wells far more interested in what becomes of a people, of civilization, of earth. We see a writer who looks deeply into the human psyche, wondering how we perceive the passage of time.

Ok, so the book starts out straight enough, with four blokes discussing how such a machine could work. He convinces us that a unique perspective will reshape the cutting edge. They are blown away when the ostensible time traveler returns in only moments, having indicated that he spent days in this futuristic world of the haves and have-nots, of the Morlocks and the Eloi. When one of these delicate creatures dies, he learned, the others let it go as part of their every day events. Of course, when the traveler is battle-scarred, made weary of his adventures and tired of the vegetarian diet the Eloi provided him, his colleagues are not convinced but confused. Then, during the events of the new moon, when all is bleak outside, do these Morlocks attack the Eloi. He faces a terrifying sequence. Then he discovers his time machine had vanished from where he left it when he arrived. Let's not give the plot away now. Find out how he gets it back, and how he relates these things to his friends who await his return. It turns out that the Morlocks are highly developed individuals, having abandoned their mechanized world long ago, choosing to "harvest" the Eloi like cattle, allowing them to graze on the vegetation.

Wells is brilliant the way he orchestrates this tale, pitting one aspect of society against the other, making you wonder about how things could end up that way even from our modern perspective. Wells is, no doubt, years and years ahead of his time. Although it's easy enough for a high school student to read, the depth will make you return to his intense literary style again and again. I did.
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A High School Student's Review 4. Mai 2009
Von M. Rendino - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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From the beginning of time the human race has always had a special concern for the future. What lay in store and what will become of life here on Earth? What will happen to the Earth after it endures horrific natural disasters? Thousands of years later we as a civilization still worry about the future and how we will get through it. In The Time Machine by H.G. Wells we read about the fascinating journey of a single man hundreds of thousands of years into the future using a machine that he spend countless times working to perfect. It is when he travels 800,000 years into the future that he truly is shown what will happen to the human race.

After having read War of the Worlds, I am convinced H.G. Wells is a brilliant author, and in his book The Time Machine he expresses his thoughts and his opinions on what will happen to the Earth after an apparent "Doomsday." He avoids any possible time paradoxes that may occur from interfering with time. The only problem that I had with the book was how he went so far into the future of the Earth (800,000 years) and humans still existed, which can be questionable if a species can survive for that amount of time. Wells then uses his amazing logical thinking skills to write a novel based solely on this single concept.

The Time Machine is an excellent book, that, as a child, I did not fully understand. When I was younger, I truly did believe that the concept of time travel was possible and that I was just too young to know about it. I very much desired to travel into the future to see what I would be doing at an older age and how I would look. Now that I am old enough to genuinely understand the book I still hold on to those same desires, although they have been slightly altered as I now recognize time travel to not be quite as easy as I thought. I am also surprised by how many of the people commenting on the book saw the movie first. Also, in response to Akachei's comment, I think that Wells did a fine job of comparing the two classes, because in the present time this scenario may not seem practical, but 800,000 years into the future, this could be life.
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Pessimistic view of man's ultimate progress 11. November 2009
Von Debra Hamel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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With a Kindle in one's hands, downloading and reading many older books that are no longer in copyright is both free and simple. Having thus come into possession of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine the other day by way of experimenting with the Kindle, I found myself reading it at once, and so, almost without meaning to begin it, I've finished. In the book, first published in 1895, an unidentified narrator relates what he and others were told by the so-called Time Traveller, at whose house they were accustomed to congregate on successive Thursdays. The Time Traveller had built a time machine which he showed to the assembled one week. The following week, arriving at his own house for dinner late, sockless, and apparently injured, he told them of the experiences he'd had in the future since their last meeting. The Time Traveller had in fact gone very far into the future, looking to discover the ultimate fate of the earth, but he spent most of his time in the year 802,701. There he was greeted by strange descendants of humanity, the Eloi--small, childlike, sexless, pasty people, all of them having "the same girlish rotundity of limb." They spoke an uncomplicated, mellifluous language and all dressed similarly. (Here is the antecedent for that Star Trek trope, noted by Jerry Seinfeld, wherein everyone in the future always wears the same outfit.) The Eloi were strangely uninquisitive, apparently fearless, and they seemed to live in a sort of paradise, where man had thoroughly subjugated nature to his needs and, having nothing further to fear or for which to strive, had become soft. So, at least, the Time Traveller thought at first. But his first impressions turned out to be horribly mistaken, and the novel, in the end, is deeply pessimistic about the ultimate progress of mankind, Wells having taken the development of the relationship between the haves and the have-nots to its distressing extreme.

-- Debra Hamel
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