Week 1 (Spring Semester)

And… we’re back!

We are beginning by reading “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. Wells is cited as being the “father of science fiction”. Decades ahead of his time, his scientific theories about a fourth dimension were ridiculed in the scientific world. Wells then introduced his ideas in fiction and created a new genre: Science Fiction! Wells also wrote “War of the Worlds”, and “The Invisible Man”.

We discussed the following questions:

1) Do you think that we can learn more from the past or the future? Do they teach us different things?

2) This book was written more than 100 years ago, does it still stand up to modern science fiction?

3) Is the science in “The Time Machine” still applicable today, or do you think Well’s books are flawed by today’s discoveries?

4) Looking ahead, what do you think Wells is trying to prove about humanity and the future?

5) Why do you think “The Time Machine” was not written from the point of view of the Time Traveler? (Instead, it is written by the Time Traveler’s friend…)

6) Why do you think so many names were “x’d” out during the beginning of the novel, as if to protect the persons identity? Does this add to the style of the book?

7) The Time Traveler sees the Eloi, and that they are similar physically. He suggests that perhaps since society is no longer a militant society, the institution of family is no longer needed. Do you agree? Will families always be needed?

Writing Activities:

1) If you could time travel to one place, where would you go? Past or future? Write about you would hope to see, whether it as in the future of the past?

2) If you could change 3 things about the world today to create a better future, what would they be?

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