A Máquina do Tempo

A Máquina do Tempo

by H. G. Wells

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BN ID: 2940016505169
Publisher: Nook Classics
Publication date: 06/09/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 100
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Herbert George Wells, conhecido como H. G. Wells, foi o terceiro filho de um comerciante. Após o estágio de dois anos na loja de um draper, ele tornou-se um aluno-professor na Midhurst Grammar School e ganhou uma bolsa para estudar sob T. H. Huxley na Escola Normal de Ciências, de South Kensington. Lecionou biologia antes de se tornar um escritor profissional e jornalista.

Poços é hoje famoso por seus romances de ficção científica, dos quais os mais conhecidos são: A máquina do tempo, a Guerra dos mundos, o homem invisível, os primeiros homens na lua e a ilha do Dr. Moreau. Foi um escritor prolífico, escrevendo mais de uma centena de livros de ficção e não ficção, e funciona em muitos gêneros diferentes, incluindo romances contemporâneos, ensaios, histórias, programas para regeneração de mundo e comentário social. Ele também era uma socialista ferrenho. Suas obras posteriores, tornam-se cada vez mais político e didático e apenas seu início ficção romances são ainda amplamente lido hoje. Poços e Jules Verne são cada um às vezes referidos como "o pai da ficção científica".

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Normal School of Science, London, England

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It goes without saying that this book is a science fiction classic in every sense of the word and that H.G. Wells was a founding father of the genre. This book proves that science fiction does not necessarily need to be heavily technical but does need to deal with grand themes such as the nature of society; man's hopes, dreams, and fears; and the very humanity of man. Wells does not go to great lengths in describing the time machine nor how it works. He lays the foundation of the story in science and then proceeds with his somewhat moralistic and certainly socially conscious story. This makes his writing much more enjoyable than that of a Jules Verne, who liked to fill up pages with scientific and highly technical nomenclature. One of the more striking aspects of the novel is Wells' treatment of the actual experience of time travel--moving in time is not like opening and walking through a door. There are physical and emotional aspects of the time travel process--in fact, some of the most descriptive passages in the book are those describing what the Time Traveler experiences and sees during his time shifts. Basically, Wells is posing the question of What will man be like in the distant future? His answer is quite unlike any kind of scenario that modern readers, schooled on Star Wars, Star Trek, and the like, would come up with. He gives birth to a simple and tragic society made up of the Eloi and the Morlocks. In contrasting these two groups, he offers a critique of sorts of men in his own time. Clearly, he is worried about the gap between the rich and the poor widening in his own world and is warning his readers of the dangers posed by such a growing rift. It is most interesting to see how the Time Traveler's views of the future change over the course of his stay there. At first, he basically thinks that the Morlocks, stuck underground, have been forced to do all the work of man while the Eloi on the surface play and dance around in perpetual leisure. Later, he realizes that the truth is more complicated than that. The whole book seems to be a warning against scientific omniscience and communal living. The future human society that the Time Traveler finds is supposedly ideal--free of disease, wars, discrimination, intensive labor, poverty, etc. However, the great works of man have been lost--architectural, scientific, philosophical, literary, etc.--and human beings have basically become children, each one dressing, looking, and acting the same. The time traveler opines that the loss of conflict and change that came in the wake of society's elimination of health, political, and social issues served to stagnate mankind. Without conflict, there is no achievement, and mankind atrophies both mentally and physically. This basic message of the novel is more than applicable today. While it is paramount that we continue to research and discover new scientific facts about ourselves and the world, we must not come to view science as a religion that can ultimately recreate the earth as an immense garden of Eden. Knowledge itself is far less important than the healthy pursuit of that knowledge. Man's greatness lies in his ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances. Speaking only for myself, I think this novel points out the dangerousness of Communism and points to the importance of individualism--if you engineer a society in which every person is "the same" and "equal," then you have doomed that society.