H.G. Wells’ The Time Traveller Synopsis and Review

The story starts with a group of men in a meeting, waiting for their host to arrive who claims to have a machine that can travel through time. He presents to them a miniature working model time machine that disappears. The next week, the men are waiting for him again as he returns looking exhausted and fatigued. He begins to tell his story of the future.

It all starts in his workshop, when he has finished the construction of his time machine. He pulls the levers which cause the time machine to accelerate through time, seeing all of humanity’s achievements and changes throughout the passing centuries. As he continues to go faster he stops at 802,701 AD where the remnants of human civilization are small, stocky humanoids named the ‘Eloi’ who live peacefully and careless to past advances. When the time traveller returns to his machine, he finds it gone and moved from its place into the pedestal of a nearby statue. He proceeds to pry it open, but he is not successful. He is outraged and molests the Eloi asking them about the time machine. In the night, he faintly sees white, ghostly creatures which the Eloi call the ‘Morlocks’. He realizes that they live underground and the only come out at night. Then he saves a drowning Eloi female, Weena who follows him around the world. He becomes enraged at the Morlocks and goes down into their hideout. The Time Traveller quickly realizes that the Morlocks nocturnally hunt the Eloi as food. He protects Weena and brings her to a safe place and finds an old abandoned museum that has matches to scare away the Morlocks. The Time Traveller and Weena  flee into the woods but are confronted by the Morlocks; in self-defense he accidentally starts a fire in the forest that kills many Morlocks, but Weena is also killed. The Time Traveller runs backs to the statue, finding the pedestal pried open. He goes down into the Morlock’s hideout and seemingly is trapped by the Morlocks; he tricks them and jumps into the time machine and vanishes into the distant future of the future. The Time Traveller makes several more stops in the future, only finding non-human creatures inhabiting the earth; such as giant crabs and blob-like octopus creatures 30 million years later. He travels back to his time and later, travels again and he never comes back.

Overall, the book presents a science fiction theme unlike any other book I have read; it contains a unique surreal perspective on how our world advances through countless millenia of human (or/and animal) advancement. The narration presents a third person’s view on the events of the story, and clearly continues to entice my imagination. This is by far one of my favourite sci-fi classics that I have read. I hope that you will enjoy it also!

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13 thoughts on “H.G. Wells’ The Time Traveller Synopsis and Review

  1. Pingback: Booker’s Time Machine – H.G Wells (1895) | Bradley Sowter

  2. Well done Josh. Good Review. Ever wonder if one day Civilization will ever head that way? Time travel is also one of my favourite Topics.

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