So begins the Time Traveller's astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era���and the story that launched H.G. Wells's successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine's lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth. There he discovers two bizarre races���the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks���who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.