THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells – FULL AudioBook | Greatest Audio Books – The Time Machine is a science fiction novella by H. G. Wells, published in 1895. Although Wells is generally credited with the popularisation of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively, The Clock That Went Backward by Edward Page Mitchell was published in 1881 and involves a clock that allows a person to travel backwards in time. The term “time machine”, coined by Wells, is now universally used to refer to such a vehicle. This work is an early example of the Dying Earth subgenre.
The Time Machine has since been adapted into two feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It has also indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media.(Summary adapted from Wikipedia.org – attribution: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Time_Machine&action=history)
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Chapter listing and length:
01 Chapter I Paul Adams
02 Chapter II Paul Adams
03 Chapter III Paul Adams
04 Chapter IV Mike Pelton
05 Chapter V Mike Pelton
06 Chapter VI Mike Pelton
07 Chapter VII Richard Kilmer
08 Chapter VIII Richard Kilmer
09 Chapter IX James K. White
10 Chapter X James K. White
11 Chapter XI Richard Kilmer
12 Chapter XII Richard Kilmer
13 Epilogue Richard Kilmer
CHAPTER 1 Excerpt:
“The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him)
was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the lilies of silver caught the bubbles that flashed and passed in our glasses. Our chairs, being his patents, embraced and caressed us rather than submitted to be sat upon, and there was that luxurious after-dinner atmosphere when thought roams gracefully free of the trammels of precision. And he put it to us in this way–marking the points with a lean forefinger–as we sat and lazily admired his earnestness over this new paradox (as we thought it) and his fecundity.
‘You must follow me carefully. I shall have to controvert one or two
ideas that are almost universally accepted. The geometry, for
instance, they taught you at school is founded on a misconception.’
‘Is not that rather a large thing to expect us to begin upon?’
said Filby, an argumentative person with red hair.
‘I do not mean to ask you to accept anything without reasonable
ground for it. You will soon admit as much as I need from you. You
know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness _nil_,
has no real existence. They taught you that? Neither has a
mathematical plane. These things are mere abstractions.’
‘That is all right,’ said the Psychologist.
‘Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.’
‘There I object,’ said Filby. ‘Of course a solid body may exist. All
‘So most people think. But wait a moment. Can an _instantaneous_
‘Don’t follow you,’ said Filby.
‘Can a cube that does not last for any time at all, have a real
Filby became pensive. ‘Clearly,’ the Time Traveller proceeded, ‘any
real body must have extension in _four_ directions: it must have
Length, Breadth, Thickness, and–Duration. But through a natural
infirmity of the flesh, which I will explain to you in a moment, we
incline to overlook this fact. There are really four dimensions,
three which we call the three planes of Space, and a fourth, Time.
There is, however, a tendency to draw an unreal distinction between the former three dimensions and the latter, because it happens that our consciousness moves intermittently in one direction along the latter from the beginning to the end of our lives.'”….CONTINUED…
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Running Time: 3:47:21
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