Ending of the Time Machine
I like to read stories about the future, no matter how far-fetched they seem. They always seem to excite me because no one really knows what is going to happen. Each story is just a window into the author’s imagination. H.G. Wells eventually takes The Time Machine millions of years into the future, which I rather enjoyed. Many stories that I have read will just take the reader to the next hundred years or two.
The far-distant future that Wells wrote about at the end of The Time Machine was not a good one. It had a rather sad outlook, as humans and most life on earth was no more. Apart from the huge crab-like creatures, it seemed to be rather quiet and dark. The thing that stuck in my mind was that life still did exist, even after the crab creatures. Wells notes, “The green slime on the rocks alone testified that life was not extinct”. (1) Though it is not nearly as complex as the world in which we live in today, the matter is that there was still life on earth. That fact was true before humans existed and will continue well after humans exist.
Another aspect that I liked about the Time Traveller’s ride was the fact that the time machine allowed you to see the future elapsing. Most time machine stories take you from point a to point b. In between, there is either nothing or a brief, mystical journey through a black darkness. Wells describes, “As I drove on, a peculiar change crept over the appearance of things”. (2) He got to observe the sun getting larger and the earth growing bare. He saw first-hand all the changes occurring on earth, without having to keep going from one stop in time to another. It was all a natural motion, which was quite pleasant to read.
1.Wells, H.G, The Time Machine (New American Library, 2002), 98.
2. Wells, 94.