A Victorian scientist known only as the Time Traveller creates a machine capable of moving through the fourth dimension. The use of it, he is transported to the year 802,701 and thrown into a life and death adventure with the fearsome Morlocks. Herbert George Wells was a novelist, teacher, historian and journalist, who has turn into known as the “father of science fiction.” His works have been adapted countless times, and provided the basis for many literary and theatrical productions.
HG Wells virtually defined modern science fiction with the two tales featured in this double volume, a welcome addition to the SF Masterworks series. The Time Machine is the classic tale of a time traveller’s journey to the world of 802,701 AD where humanity is divided between the bad and the beautiful, a simplistic vision to start with glance but a prophetic take on a future that may not be so far removed from a reality yet to take hold, simply lurking in the shadows and waiting for the human race to bring it about by its own hand.
The War of the Worlds is perhaps probably the most greatest science fiction novels ever written, a chilling, brooding tale that has lost none of its power or punch as the soulless alien invaders blast their way across the English countryside, collecting hapless humans for fiendish experiments and scorching the land. Coming at a time of great technological leaps and bounds, it isn’t surprising that the War of the Worlds makes as much comment on the fragility of the human race and its dependence on technology, as it does the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Though constantly beaten back, the dwindling human armies throw the entire might of their warships at the alien machines with little or no effect–in any case, it is the common cold which brings about the downfall of the extra-terrestrial killers. Their motivations are never explained, nor do they want to be, their chilling cries echoing across the deserted, burning countryside of Britain accting as both a chilling war cry and a blood-curdling wake-up call. Surely, one of the crucial essential science fiction publications you might want to ever buy. —Jonathan Weir.