The Time Machine

by H. G. Wells
New York: Tor Books, 1992. 144 pages.

A classic of science fiction, Wells's first novel hardly needs any introduction. Wells's description of our descendants in the year 802701, the beautiful but feeble Eloi and the fierce and carnivorous Morlocks, is unforgettable. Joseph Conrad praised Wells for "contriv[ing] to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manage to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly. That is achievement." Wells studied with Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science in London, and traces of his biological education are evident throughout his early novels.