Category Archives: The Time Machine

Flashing a Glimpse of the Underworld

At a crucial turning point in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine (1895), the time traveler, having descended one of the Morlock wells “ill equipped” and “even without enough matches,” wishes he had brought, not a torch or a weapon, but a camera: Continue reading

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The End of Reason and (Un)natural Selection in The Time Machine

It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially post-Darwinian work of fiction than H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895). To say the least, the protagonist of the story is a believer in Darwinian theory. It is as if Wells had envisioned placing Darwin… Continue reading

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