Thursday, July 8, 2010
We must not let the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery. - H.G. Wells
I just started reading The Time Machine (http://www.online-literature.com/wellshg/timemachine/1/) and 2 pages in, Wells already had me saying, "Hmm..." His way of explaining scientific ideas is just incredible and I can tell already that I'm going to enjoy this book a lot.
I wanted to let you in on some popular fiction Wells references that you may want to look into after reading the book before we discuss it, just for fun.
The one I'm looking forward to most is the 1985 Doctor Who episode "Timelash," in which the Doctor encounters an energetic young man named Herbert who comes along for an adventure. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timelash) Part of me wants to watch the episode immediately, but considering that hubby and I are watching all the Doctor Who episodes from the beginning and we're only up to 1976, I'll probably just wait for it.
I've seen the 2001 movie The Time Machine, but I haven't seen the one from the 60's, so I may check that one out. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Machine_%281960_film%29)
Another movie I enjoyed was 1979's Time After Time, in which Malcolm McDowell, playing Wells, pursues David Warner as Jack the Ripper into the year 1979. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_After_Time_%281979_film%29)
And then there was this week's season premier of Warehouse 13. I won't say anything more about the show (spoilers), but you might want to watch it even if you're not a fan of the show, just to see the spin they took. (http://www.syfy.com/rewind/?__source=Syfy_Global_Nav)
I hope you enjoy reading up on Wells, as well, before we discuss his first novel. He seems to have been quite the ladies man, an extremely prolific writer, and an all-around interesting person. I may just have to read several more of his books....