The Time Machine
is a Sci-Fi novella by H.G. Wells published in 1895. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time. The term "time machine", coined by Wells, is now almost universally used to refer to such a vehicle or device.Wells advanced his social and political ideas in this narrative of a nameless Time Traveller who is hurtled into the year 802,701 by his elaborate ivory
, and brass
contraption. The world he finds is peopled by two races: the decadent
Eloi, fluttery and useless, are dependent for food, clothing, and shelter on the simian subterranean Morlocks, who prey on them. The two races—whose names are borrowed from the biblical Eli and Moloch—symbolize Wells’s vision of the eventual result of unchecked capitalism
: a neurasthenic upper class that would eventually be devoured by a proletariat
driven to the depths.