I recently finished re-reading H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, and folks, there’s a reason why this book has remained relevant 113 years after first publication. It was one of the first books I ever read that wasn’t complete commercial fiction (think Stephen King/Anne Rice/shit), and it forever changed my view of literature.
Wells was an advocate of socialism and his science fiction, a genre he is responsible for creating, is often times powerful propaganda toward that goal. What made him such a successful writer was his imaginative look into the condition of humanity and his easy articulation of our shortcomings. He also wrote The Invisible Man (not Ellison’s Invisible Man), The