H. G. Wells's The Time Machine: An Invention is one of the earliest works of English Literature to be set in the distant future, and the first to use technology to transport its hero there. Wells began and then abandoned an earlier and very different version of the novel, published in the Science Schools Journal in 1888, entitled “The Chronic Argonauts”. The Time Machine was published by Heinemann in May 1895 after having being serialised in a rather different form in the National Observer from March to June 1894 (cut short by the journal's change of editor) and in the New Review from January to May 1895.

The romance (the term that Wells himself preferred for his scientific …

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James, Simon John. "The Time Machine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 February 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7937, accessed 28 August 2014.]


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