97: The Time Machine

How much cosmic imagination and speculative social history can fit in a pulp-adventure framework? Why do science fiction and modernism emerge at the same literary-historical moment? Does the future belong to giant crabs?

The Sometime Seminar discusses the work of H.G. Wells, with a focus on The Time Machine (1895).

Supplemental links: on the complex textual history of the story; the SF Encyclopedia entry on “Wells’s Law”

Note on e-texts: the Project Gutenberg text, on which most free e-texts of The Time Machine are based, is corrupt and error-ridden. We recommend instead the Penguin Classics edition, which comes with an excellent introduction by Marina Warner.

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