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The Time Machine
Author H. G. Wells
Country England
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher William Heinemann
Released 1895
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Time Machine is a novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895, later made into two films of the same title. This novel is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively. Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... 1895 (MDCCCXCV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ...


Plot summary

Wells had considered the notion of time travel before, in an earlier (but less well-known) story titled The Chronic Argonauts. He had thought of using some of this material in a series of articles in the Pall Mall Gazette, until the publisher asked him if he could instead write a serial novel on the same theme; Wells readily agreed, and was paid 100 pounds on its publication by Heinemann in 1895. The story was first published in serial form in the New Review through 1894 and 1895. Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ... Zapped One day Sunny and his friend Nelson were trying to write a short story for English whilst listening to their favorite band D12. ... The Pall Mall Gazette was an evening newpaper founded in London February 7, 1865. ... Serial is a term, originating in literature, for a format by which a story is told in contiguous installments in sequential issues of a single periodical publication. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

The novel's protagonist is an amateur inventor or scientist living in London identified simply as The Time Traveller. Having demonstrated to friends using a miniature model that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable apparatus can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he completes the building of a larger machine capable of carrying himself. He then immediately sets off on a journey into the future. The protagonist or main character is the central figure of a story. ... An inventor is a person who creates new inventions, typically technical devices such as mechanical, electrical or software devices or methods. ... The physicist Albert Einstein is probably the most famous scientist of our time. ... The Time Traveller is the fictional protagonist in H. G. Wellss The Time Machine, a novel published in 1895. ... :For other senses of this word, see dimension (disambiguation). ...

The Time Traveller details the experience of time travel and the evolution of his surroundings as he moves through time. While travelling through time, his machine allows him to observe the changes of the outside world in fast motion. He observes the sun and moon traversing the sky and the changes to the buildings and landscape around him as he travels through time. His machine produces a sense of disorientation to its occupant, and a blurring or faintness of the surroundings outside the machine.

His journey takes him to the year A.D. 802,701 where he finds an apparently peaceful, pastoral, Taoist future, filled with happy, simple humans who call themselves the Eloi. The Eloi are about four feet tall, pink-skinned and frail-looking, with curly hair, small ears and mouths and large eyes. Males and females seem to be quite similar in build and appearance. They have high-pitched, soft voices and speak an unknown language. They appear to be quite unintelligent and child-like and live without quarrels or conflict. Taoism (sometimes written as and actually pronounced as Daoism (dow-ism)) is the English name for: Dao Jia [philosophical tao] philosophical school based on the texts the Tao Te Ching (ascribed to Laozi [Lao Tzu] and alternately spelled Dào Dé Jīng) and the Zhuangzi; a family of organized... The Eloi are one of the two post-human races in H. G. Wells 1895 novel The Time Machine. ...

Soon after his arrival he rescues Weena, a female Eloi he finds drowning in a river. Much to his surprise she is grateful to him and insists on following him.

The Eloi live in a small community within a large and futuristic yet dilapidated building, doing no work and eating a frugivorous diet. The land around London has become a sort of untended garden filled with unusual fruiting and flowering plants, with futuristic, yet dilapidated buildings and other structures dotted around, seemingly of no purpose and disused. There is no evidence of the implementation of agriculture or technology, both of which the Eloi seem incapable of. A fruit stall in Barcelona Fruitarians (or fructarians) are a subgroup of vegans who eat mostly or only the fruit of plants. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a level of technological mastery sufficient to leave the surface of the planet for the first time and explore space. ...

The Time Traveller is greeted with curiosity and without fear by the Eloi, who seem only vaguely surprised and curious by his appearance and lose interest rapidly. He disables the time machine and follows them to their commune and consumes a meal of fruit while trying to communicate with them. This proves somewhat ineffectual, as their unknown language and low intelligence hinders the Time Traveller from gaining any useful information. With a slight sense of disdain for his hosts' lack of curiosity and attention to him, the Time Traveller decides to explore the local area.

As he explores this landscape, the Time Traveller comments on the factors that have resulted in the Eloi's physical condition and society. He supposes that the lack of intelligence and vitality of the Eloi are the logical result of humankind's past struggle to transform and subjugate nature through technology, politics, art and creativity. With the realisation of this goal, the Eloi had devolved.

With no further need for technology and agriculture and innovations to improve life, they became unimaginative and incurious about the world. With no work to do, they became physically weak and small in stature. Males, generally being breadwinners and workers in former times, have particularly degenerated in physique, explaining the lack of dimorphism between the sexes. The Time Traveller supposes that preventive medicine has been achieved, as he saw no sign of disease amongst his hosts. With no work to do and no hardships to overcome, society became non-hierarchical and non-cooperative, with no defined leaders or social classes. Female (left) and male Common Pheasant, illustrating the dramatic difference in both color and size between the sexes Sexual dimorphism is the systematic difference in form between individuals of different sex in the same species. ... A 1930 Soviet poster propagating breast care. ...

The fact that there was no hardship or inequalities in societies meant there was no war and crime. Art and sophisticated culture, often driven by problems and aspirations or a catalyst for solutions and new developments, had waned, as no problems existed and there were no conceivable improvements for humanity. He accounted for their relatively small numbers as being due to the implementation of some form of birth control to eliminate the problems of overpopulation. The abandoned structures around him would suggest that prior to these achievements, the population had been larger and more productive, toiling to find the solution that would make the new utopia a reality. Birth control is a regimen of one or more actions, devices, or medications followed in order to deliberately prevent or reduce the likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant or giving birth. ... Map of countries by population —showing the population of the China and India in the billions. ...

As the sun sets, the Time Traveller muses on where he will sleep. Retracing his steps back to the building where he had eaten with the Eloi, he suddenly realises that the time machine is missing. He panics and desperately searches for the vehicle. At first, he suspects that the Eloi have moved it to their shelter. He doubts the Eloi would be capable or inclined to do this, but nonetheless rushes back to the shelter and demands to know where his machine is. The Eloi are confused and a little frightened by this. Realising the Eloi don't understand him and he is damaging his position with them, he continues his search in desperation during the night before relenting and falling into an uneasy sleep.

The Utopian existence of the Eloi turns out to be deceptive. The Traveller soon discovers that the class structure of his own time has in fact persisted, and the human race has diverged into two branches. The wealthy, leisure classes appear to have evolved into the ineffectual, not very bright Eloi he has already seen; but the downtrodden working classes have evolved into the bestial Morlocks, cannibal hominids resembling albino apes, who toil underground maintaining the machinery that keep the Eloi – their flocks – docile and plentiful. Both species, having adapted to their routines, are of distinctly sub-human intelligence. See Utopia (disambiguation) for other meanings of this word Utopia, in its most common and general meaning, refers to a hypothetical perfect society. ... The term working class is used to denote a social class. ... Morlocks are a fictional species, created by H. G. Wells for his 1895 novel, The Time Machine. ... Genera The hominids are the members of the biological family Hominidae (the great apes), which includes humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. ...

After some adventures and the eventual death of Weena at the hands of the Morlocks, the narrator manages to get to his machine, reactivate it as the Morlocks battle him for it, and escape them. He then travels into the far future, roughly 30 million years from his own time.

There he sees the last few living things on a dying Earth, the rotation of which has ceased with the site of London viewing a baleful, red sun stuck at the setting position. In his trip forward, he had seen the red sun flare up brightly twice, as if Mercury and then Venus had fallen into it. Menacing reddish crab-like creatures slowly wander the blood-red beaches, and the world is covered in "intensely green vegetation." He continues to make short jumps through time, seeing the Red Giant of a sun grow redder and dimmer. Finally, the world begins to go dark as snowflakes begin to fall, and all silence falls upon Earth. In the very end of the Earth, all life has ceased, other than the lichens that still grow on rocks, and a Kraken-like creature, roughly the size of a soccer ball, that slowly moves onto shore. Artists conception of the remains of artificial structures on the Earth after the Sun enters its red giant phase and swells to roughly 100 times its current size. ... Lichenes from Ernst Haeckels Artforms of Nature, 1904 Crustose and foliose lichens on a wall A foliose lichen on basalt. ... Pen and wash drawing by malacologist Pierre Denys de Montfort, 1801, from the descriptions of French sailors reportedly attacked by such a creature off the coast of Angola. ...

Feeling giddy and nauseous about the return journey before him, he nevertheless boards his machine and puts it into reverse, arriving back in his laboratory just three hours after he originally left. Entering the dining room, he begins recounting what has just happened to his disbelieving friends and associates, bringing the story back full cirlce to the his entrance in chapter 2. The following day, the unnamed narrator returns to the Time Traveller's house. There, he finds the Time Traveller ready to leave again, this time taking a small knapsack and a camera. Although he promises the narrator he will return in half an hour, three years pass and the Time Traveller still remains missing. What happened to him, and where he ultimately ventured, remain a mystery.

The story reflects Wells' political views; he was a committed socialist, and the narrator reasons that the state he sees is the outcome of capitalist class structures. The novel may also have influenced the Thea von Harbou novel and subsequent movie Metropolis. He probably did not see it as an accurate portrayal of the future. Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control. ... Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are mostly privately owned and in which prices of capital and commodities are determined in a market which operates in the pursuit of profit. ... Thea von Harbou (December 27, 1888 â€“ July 1, 1954) was a German actress and author of some noble Prussian descent. ... Metropolis is a very early science fiction film that was produced in Germany during the brief years of the Weimar Republic. ...

The Time Machine is in the public domain in the United States, Canada, and Australia, but does not enter the public domain in the European Union until January 1, 2017 (1946 death of author + 70 years + end of calendar year). The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2017 (MMXVII) will be a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998—alternatively known as the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act or pejoratively as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act—extended copyright terms in the United States by 20 years. ...

An extract from the 11th chapter of the serial published in New Review (May, 1895) was not included in the book version, as it was thought too violent.[citation needed] This portion of the story was published elsewhere as The Grey Man.

The Grey Man begins with the Traveller waking up in his Time Machine after escaping the Morlocks. He finds himself in the distant future of an Earth that is unrecognizable, seeing kangaroo-like hopping creatures (with some vaguely humanoid features) being attacked and eaten by a giant centipede that comes out of the ground.

The Great Illustrated Classics version of The Time Machine includes a whole chapter not found in the original novel, in which the Time Traveller blunders into a highly advanced future society where time travel is illegal. The time machine is confiscated and the Traveller is arrested, but he eventually escapes after one of the future men attempts to steal the time machine. The Great Illustrated Classics series offers easy to read abridgements of well known classics, featuring large print and illustrations. ...

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

The first visual adaptation of the novel was a live teleplay broadcast in 1949 by the BBC, which starred Russell Napier as the Time Traveler and Mary Donn as Weena. No recording of this live broadcast exists, only a few still photos. A reading of the script, however, suggests that this teleplay remained fairly faithful to the novel.

George Pál (who also made a famous 1953 "modernized" version of Wells' The War of the Worlds) filmed The Time Machine in 1960. This is more of an adventure tale than the book was; The Time Traveller witnesses war's horrors first-hand in 1940 & 1966; also the division of mankind results from mutations induced by nuclear war during the twentieth century. In 802,701 AD, the Eloi learn and speak broken English. Rod Taylor (The Birds) starred, along with Yvette Mimieux as Weena, Alan Young as his closest friend David Filby (and, in 1917 & 1966, his son James Filby), Sebastian Cabot as Dr Hillyer, Whit Bissell as Walter Kemp and Doris Lloyd as his housekeeper Mrs Watchett. The Time Traveller had the first name of George. Interestingly, the plate on the Time Machine is inscribed ' Manufactured by H. George Wells '. In the end, the Time Traveller leaves for a second journey, but Filby & Mrs Watchett note that he had taken three books. ' Which three books would you have taken ? ' Filby inquires to Mrs Watchett, adding ' . . he has all the time in the world '. The Time Machine is a 1960 movie filmed by George Pál (who also made a famous 1953 modernized version of Wells The War of the Worlds) // Pál, whose unique spirit is all over this film, was a very special director, already famous for his pioneering work with animation. ... George Pál (February 1, 1908 – May 2, 1980) (birth name: Györgi Pál Marczincsák) was a Hungarian-born and American naturalized animator and film producer. ... The War of the Worlds (1953) was produced by George Pál (the second of three H. G. Wells science fiction stories to be filmed by Pál) and directed by Byron Haskin from a script by Barré Lyndon, and starred Gene Barry, Les Tremayne and Ann Robinson. ... The Time Machine is a 1960 movie filmed by George Pál (who also made a famous 1953 modernized version of Wells The War of the Worlds) // Pál, whose unique spirit is all over this film, was a very special director, already famous for his pioneering work with animation. ... Nuclear War is a card game designed by Douglas Malewicki, and originally published in 1966. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Rod Taylor (born Rodney Sturt Taylor on January 11, 1930) is an Australian-born film and television actor. ... The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier with the same name. ... Yvette Mimieux (born January 8, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an actress with a French father and a Mexican mother. ... Alan Young with singer Olga San Juan at AFRS TALENT in the 1950s Alan Young (born November 19, 1919) is an actor best known for his television role opposite a talking horse, Mister Ed. ... Sebastian Cabot (July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977) was a film and television actor, best remembered as a gently composed gentlemans gentleman in the 1960s situation comedy Family Affair, but his sonorous voice and understated style belied his frequent typecasting as an Englishman trying to make sense of America. ... Whit Bissell (born 29 October 1909, died 5 March 1996) was an American character actor. ...

The film is noted for its then-novel use of time lapse photographic effects to show the world around the Time Traveller changing at breakneck speed as he travels through time. A decaying peach over a period of six days. ...

Thirty-three years later, a combination sequel/documentary short, Time Machine: The Journey Back (1993 film), directed by Clyde Lucas, was produced. In the first part, Michael J. Fox went behind the scenes of the movie & time travelling in general. In the second half, written by original screenwriter David Duncan, the movie's original actors Rod Taylor, Alan Young & Whit Bissell reprised their roles. The Time Traveller returns to his laboratory in 1916, finding Filby there, and encourages his friend to join him in the far future - but Filby has doubts (It is featured on the DVD of the 1960 film). Time Machine may refer to one of the following. ... David Duncan (born 1960), is the United States governments star witness in the Arthur Andersen trial. ...

A low-quality TV version was made in 1978, with very unconvincing time-lapse images of building walls being de-constructed, and inexplicable geographic shifting from Los Angeles to Plymouth, Mass., and inland California. John Beck starred as Neil Perry, with Whit Bissell (from the original 1960 movie and also from the 1966 television series "The Time Tunnel") appearing as one of Perry's superiors. However, the race names Eloi and Morlocks, and the character Weena (played by Priscilla Barnes of Three's Company fame), were reused, though set only a few thousand years in the future. Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1,290. ... Plymouth is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. ... This article is becoming very long. ... John Beck was a Reform Party candidate in the 1993 Canadian election who was forced to abandon his candidacy after making a series of anti-immigrant remarks. ... Barnes in the opening credits of Threes Company Priscilla Barnes (born in Fort Dix, New Jersey on December 7, 1955) is an American actress best known for replacing Suzanne Somers (Jenilee Harrison having stepped-in the season before) when Somers finally quit the show Threes Company. ... Threes Company was a popular American sitcom that ran from 1977 to 1984 on ABC. // The show was a remake of the British sitcom Man About the House and revolved around two women and a man sharing an apartment together. ...

The 1960 film was remade in 2002, starring Guy Pearce as the Time Traveller, named Alexander Hartdegen, Mark Addy as his friend David Filby, Sienna Guillory as Alex' ill-fated fiance Emma, Phyllida Law as Mrs Watchett and Jeremy Irons as the uber-Morlock. Playing a quick cameo from the 1960 film was Alan Young as a shopkeeper (Nice touch: a photo of the young adult Wells is on the wall of Alex' home, near the front door). The Time Machine itself, used the very basic layout as in the Pal movie, but was more massive & displayed brass construction, along with quartz/glass (In Wells' original novel, the Time Traveller mentioned his ' scientific papers on optics '). It was directed by Wells' great-grandson Simon Wells, with an even more revised plot that incorporated the ideas of paradoxes and changing the past, before the Time Traveller moves on to 2030, 2037, to 802,701 for the main plot, & briefly to 635 million AD. It garnered mixed reviews & earned $56M before VHS/DVD sales. In this movie there is a love affair between another female Eloi named Mara, played by Samantha Mumba, who incidentally have preserved a "stone language" identical to English with the help of a computerized librarian in the ruins of a library. The Morlocks are much more fierce and agile, and the Time Traveller is part of the plot. The Time Machine is a 2002 movie filmed by Simon Wells as a remake of The Time Machine (1960), starring Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba, Phyllida Law & with a cameo by Alan Young from the earlier film. ... The Time Machine is a 2002 movie filmed by Simon Wells as a remake of The Time Machine (1960), starring Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba, Phyllida Law & with a cameo by Alan Young from the earlier film. ... Guy Pearce in Memento (2000). ... Mark Addy (born January 14, 1964 in York, England) is a British actor. ... Sienna Guillory (born May 31, 1975) is a British actress and model. ... Phyllida Law (born 8 May 1932) is a Scottish actress. ... Jeremy Irons Jeremy John Irons (born September 19, 1948) is an Oscar-winning English actor. ... Simon Wells is the great-great grandson of H.G. Wells. ... Robert Boyles self-flowing flask fills itself in this diagram, but perpetual motion machines cannot exist. ... Samantha Tamania Anne Cecilia Mumba-Porter ,born January 18 1983, is an Irish singer,actress and model. ...

Sequels by other authors

Wells' novel has become one of the cornerstones of science-fiction literature. As a result, it has spawned many offspring. Books expanding on Wells' story include:

  • The Return of the Time Machine by Egon Friedell, printed in 1972, from the 1946 German version. The author portrays himself as a character searching for the Time Traveller in different eras.
  • The Hertford Manuscript by Richard Cowper, first published in 1976. It features a "manuscript" which reports the Time Traveller's activities after the end of the original novel. According to this manuscript, the Time Traveller disappeared because his Time Machine had been damaged by the Morlocks without him knowing it. He only found out when it stopped operating during his next attempted time travel. He found himself on August 27, 1665, in London during the outbreak of the Great Plague of London. The rest of the novel is devoted to his efforts to repair the Time Machine and leave this time period before getting infected with the disease. He also has an encounter with Robert Hooke. He eventually dies of the disease on September 20, 1665. The story gives a list of subsequent owners of the manuscript till 1976. It also gives the name of the Time Traveller as Robert James Pensley, born to James and Martha Pensley in 1850 and disappearing without trace on June 18, 1894.
  • Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter, first published in 1979. A steampunk novel in which the Morlocks, having studied the Traveller's machine, duplicate it and invade Victorian London.
  • The Space Machine by Christopher Priest, first published in 1976. Because of the movement of planets, stars and galaxies, for a time machine to stay in one spot on Earth as it travels through time, it must also follow the Earth's trajectory through space. In Priest's book, the hero damages the Time Machine, and arrives on Mars, just before the start of the invasion described in The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells himself appears as a minor character.
  • Time Machine II by George Pal and Joe Morhaim, published in 1981. The Time Traveller (named George) and the pregnant Weena try to return to his time, but instead land in the London Blitz, dying during a bombimg raid. Their newborn son (rescued by an American ambulance driver) grows up in the United States, under the name Christopher Jones. Sought out by the lookalike son of James Filby, Jones goes to England to collect his inheritance... leading ultimately to George's journals, and the Time Machine's original plans. He builds his own machine with 1970s upgrades, and seeks his parents in the future.
  • The Time Ships, by Stephen Baxter, first published in 1995. This sequel was officially authorized by the Wells estate to mark the centenary of the original's publication. In its wide-ranging narrative, the Traveller's desire to return and rescue Weena is thwarted by the fact that he has changed history (by telling his tale to his friends, one of whom published the account). With a Morlock (in the new history, the Morlocks are intelligent and cultured) he travels through the multiverse as increasingly complicated timelines unravel around him, eventually meeting mankind's far future descendants, whose ambition is to travel into the multiverse of multiverses. Like much of Baxter's work, this is definitely hard science fiction; it also includes many nods to the prehistory of Wells's story in the names of characters and chapters.
  • The Man Who Loved Morlocks and The Trouble With Weena are two different sequels, the former a novel and the latter a short story, by David J. Lake. Each of them concerns the Time Traveller's return to the future. In the former, he discovers that he cannot enter any period in time he has already visited, forcing him to travel in to the further future, where he finds love with a woman whose race evolved from Morlock stock. In the latter, he is accompanied by Wells, and succeeds in rescuing Weena and bringing her back to the 1890s, where her political ideas cause a peaceful revolution.
  • In Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time series, the Time Traveller is a major character, although his role mainly consists of being shocked by the decadence of the inhabitants of the End of Time.
  • The Time Traveller makes a brief appearance in Allan and the Sundered Veil, a back-up story appearing in the first volume of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where he saves Allan Quatermain, John Carter and Randolph Carter from a horde of Morlocks.
  • The time-traveling hero known as "The Rook" (who appeared in various comics from Warren Publishing) is the grandson of the original Time Traveller. In one story, he met the Time Traveller, and helps him stop the Morlocks from wiping out the Eloi.
  • Philip José Farmer speculated that The Time Traveller was a member of the Wold Newton family. He is said to have been the great-uncle of Doc Savage.
  • In the movie Gremlins, the Time Traveller's machine (the one from the 1960 movie) is briefly glimpsed at an inventor's convention.
  • Burt Libe wrote two sequels: Beyond the Time Machine and Tangles in Time, telling of the Time Traveller finally settling down with Weena in the 33rd century. They have a few children, the youngest of whom is the main character in the second book.

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The Time Machine is in the public domain in the United States, Canada, and Australia, but does not enter the public domain in the European Union until January 1, 2017 (1946 death of author + 70 years + end of calendar year).
The time machine is confiscated and the Traveller is arrested, but he eventually escapes after one of the future men attempts to steal the time machine.
Free digitally-voiced audiobook of The Time Machine at Babblebooks.com
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