The Time Machine

The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses. Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thought roams gracefully free of the trammels of precision. And he put it to us in this way—marking the points with a lean forefinger—as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it) and his fecundity.
”You must follow me carefully. I shall have to controvert one or two ideas that are almost universally accepted. The geometry, for instance, they taught you at school is founded on a misconception.”

– H. G. Wells, The Time Machine

The Time Machine (1895) was written by H. G. Wells

Sources
  • Burden, Brian J. (1984) ”Decoding The Time Machine” in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction #31, 1984
  • Burden, Brian J. (1985) ”Decoding The Time Machine, 2: Across the Zodiac” in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction #35, Winter 1985/86
  • Parrinder, Patrick (1974) News from Nowhere, The Time Machine and the Break-Up of Classical Realism” in Science Fiction Studies #10, Volume3, Part 3, November 1976
  • Parrinder, Patrick (1993) ”H.G. Wells and the Fall of Empires” in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction #57, Spring 1993
  • Wells, H. G. (1895) The Time Machine

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