I legitimately can’t stop seeing the Science Fiction novels we’ve been reading as part of one continuous timeline, despite the fact that they were written by different people with different agendas in mind.
To me, the timeline of the stories progresses as such: late 19th century -> near future (Which is more of our timeline in a different universe and includes Bellamy’s Boston of 2000) -> Far future (Where Brave New World is set) -> Ridiculously far future that mankind ultimately screwed up (The Time Machine). The common link between all of these worlds is the gradual disappearance of conflict and the downward slide connected to the regulation of humanity itself.
Looking Backward gives the people a high degree of choice and a short working life, but they are confined to a highly regulated system with no major conflict or war to speak of. As time with minimal conflict progresses, the world turns into the setting of Brave New World, where humans largely live for their own pleasure, a capability they have due to that lack of conflict, and shun even their own human pasts. Anything natural is frowned upon, including childbirth. Contraception is dispensed like water and some people have their reproductive capabilities removed entirely. The majority of humans are massed produced in a factory/lab setting, modified specifically for the purpose of being either beautiful and intelligent or a mentally stunted peon that literally has no purpose except to perform labor. With pleasure and separation from nature becoming a prominent theme in this world, it continues and evolves until you’ve reached The Time Machine.
Comparing the appearance of the Eloi, which the Time Traveler describes as not only being pretty like a Dresden China doll (24) but looking incredibly alike with the appearance of the Morlocks, who are white ape-monsters with big eyes, it could easily be said that these are the descendants of the “alpha” and “epsilon” humans. Of course, Wells was writing about the problems of class division in his own times with those descriptions, but let’s go with the first part for the sake of this post. Point being: what if human society between the time of Brave New World and The Time Machine fell apart due to slowly deteriorating societal priorities and lack of motivation to actually think, resulting in the breakdown of the factory-built human and the flourishing of mankind through people who still had the ability to reproduce naturally? And what if the end result of that over thousands of years was the Eloi and the Morlocks?
I also found an image of a Dresden China Doll (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/84020349271930712/)
This is basically what the Time Traveler was comparing the Eloi to.
Bellamy, Edward. Looking Backward. Penguin Classics, 1986.
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. Penguin Classics, 2005.