The creak of the centuries: ‘The Time Machine’ by H. G. Wells

In Culture 1 May, 2022

Óscar Carrera

Óscar Carrera


The first known story featuring a “time machine” is a Spanish zarzuela called El anacronópete, and its first literary inventor, the Zaragozan professor Sindulfo García. Another day, perhaps, we will talk about this sardonic work. Today we are interested in a short novel called The Time Machine, published by H. G. Wells in 1895, in an industrial and industrious England, where even time could be enclosed in a machine.

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The protagonist, known merely as “Time Traveler,” visits a distant future (the year 802,701) and finds humanity divided between graceful, indolent little men, the eloi, and a subterranean race that inspires dread in them, the morlocks. The traveler cannot communicate in depth with anyone -either because of linguistic barriers or, as he supposes, because of cognitive ones-, because of which he is unaware of how mankind has arrived at this pitiful state (which at first, as always when we travel far enough, he would judge paradisiacal).

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Morlocks in The Time Machine (Georges Pal, 1960).

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