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Overview

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Author

H. G. Wells

Year Published

1895

Type

Novel

Genre

Science Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The unnamed narrator of The Time Machine, presumed to be an educated, middle-aged male, speaks in the first person.

Tense

The Time Machine is told in the present tense.

About the Title

Although Wells did not invent the idea of the time machine (ancient Buddhist and Hindu myths deal with the subject), he coined the phrase and popularized the concept. The Time Machine is one of the earliest and most influential examples of science fiction. It gave birth to the time travel subgenre that would inspire dozens of 20th-century writers. Early editions carried the subtitle An Invention. Although Wells dropped the subtitle in later editions, it reminds readers of the novel's central question: Is the fantastic story a lie or a prophetic vision?

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