Dreams and memories, the instruments of time-traveling

An endless journey through time.
A passionate reader, Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G. Wells, published in 1895 his novel The Time Machine, a story in which the adventures of the Time Traveler are revealed to a group of men of science.

As the story advances, the English writer talks about the instruments that allowed such a journey, letting everybody know the places and the ages that have been visited by the Traveler during his interminable voyage.

The time machine is described by Wells as “parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal”.

Intrigued by it, they keep on listening to the details of such an outstanding trip, while the Time Traveler keeps bouncing in Time, getting amazed by all what he sees.

He’s gone and come back, and now he’s gone again. The machine is gone with him and nobody knows if he’ll comeback some day. The only thing that it’s for sure, as Wells says, is that “even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man”.

The story of the Time Machine has had such an impact in many writers, that ever since the story appeared, several stories related to time traveling have been published, as well as many tv series and even two movies under the same title as the novel by Wells, which were filmed following the main elements of The Time Machine. One in 1960, and another one in 2002. Is in the second one, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, travels through time looking for an answer to the question “why he can’t change the past no matter how many time he has tried to do it so?”

That question and so many others related to time traveling are still in the air, but in the end it’s the same H.G. Wells gives an answer available for everyone: “We all have our time machines. Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

And it was because of his dreams and memories shown in his novel, that H.G. Wells has been able to remain alive in the minds of the readers, and become in this way, the ultimate Time Traveler.

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Author: The Traveling Book Club by Nora Vasconcelos

I'm a born writer and a journalist who loves books so much that can't live without them.

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