Intrigued by the possibilities of time travel as a student and inspired as a journalist by the great scientific advances of the Victorian Age, Wells drew on his own scientific publications--on evolution, degeneration, species extinction, geologic time, and biology--in writing The Time Machine. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the first London edition of the novel. It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and A Note on the Text.Backgrounds and Contexts is organized thematically into four sections: The Evolution of The Time Machine presents alternative versions and installments and excerpts of the author's time-travel story; Wells's Scientific Journalism (1891-94) focuses on the scientific topics central to the novel; Wells on The Time Machine reprints the prefaces to the 1924, 1931, and 1934 editions; and Scientific and Social Contexts collects five widely read texts by the Victorian scientists and social critics Edwin Ray Lankester, Thomas Henry Huxley, Benjamin Kidd, William
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