"When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d.
802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been
replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by
the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes
that these beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great
culture—now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every
reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks
another race descended from humanity—the sinister Morlocks. And
when the scientist’s time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he
must search these tunnels if he is ever to return to his own era.
-Includes a newly established text, a full biographical essay on
Wells, a list of further reading, and detailed notes -Marina
Warner’s introduction considers Wells’s development of the
""scientific romance"" and places the novel in the context of its