Genre = Novel, Science
To prove to a group of intellectuals that time is the fourth dimension, proof was needed. Much like normal measurements are abstract until given physical form, so time needed a tool to go through it. A time machine was built. Leading to the protagonist to test the time machine. What was astounding was not the machine, but what the Time Traveler saw in the future. Moving to the future initially lead to many advances. But moving into the far future, the Time Traveler got out of the machine and perceived a utopia. Filled with people who were very curious but dull. No disease and plentiful food. But horror soon struck as the time machine was stolen, and the theory of utopia proved wrong. To get back to the past and away from danger, the time machine needs to be found.
This story has a very logic oriented narrative. Commenting on the social conditions of the era, and the test of dominant ideas. A take on the divergent nature of capitalism and communism. A take on the divergent evolutionary paths that the social ideas can have on a people. That intellect and skill needs a struggle, for otherwise there is no need to develop them. A lesson of this book is not to judge a society based on what happens on the surface, as looking deeper, it might not be the same underground. Those theories and ideas come from limited information, and need to be adjusted to new information.
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