For those who may be so interested, this page provides free and easy access to both the text and illustrated versions of H.G. Wells The Time Machine, as well as the original George Pal 1960 movie staring Rod Taylor.
For the print or illustrated book versions, selecting any one of the three images below then clicking that image you will be taken to a page that presents the version so selected in full. By going to each of the three versions one at a time you will be able to compare the differences and how each was interpreted in the format so presented. To do so is completely free, there are no advertisements and no sign-ups. I do it because I happen to love time and was one of the reasons while just barely into my teens my uncle took me to meet Albert Einstein, who he knew. I hope in doing so with what I have presented you will come to a greater appreciation of time as well. The quote below, by me, probably sums it up best:
"For me, time has always held a special fascination. I don't mean everyday tick-tock clock time, I mean like what time really is --- from it's make-up or non make-up to time travel to time dilation to the way time seems to appear to one observer as compared to another observer as found in the theories of relativity of Albert Einstein. From H.G. Wells' Time Machine wherein a machine of sorts was used to travel into the past or future to movies and stories such as Sliding Doors that explores how a totally different outcome of events can happen if even a slight change in the normal flow of things transpires to going back in time and meeting yourself --- I encompass it all."
Having met Albert Einstein I made every effort to meet a person I heard of who, because of being inextricably intertwined with an ability to control of time, won five Formula One world road racing driving championships. By clicking the Of Cobras, Scarabs, Maseratis and Zen link below you will be taken to a footnote on this page that has to do with the man, Juan Manuel Fangio, and his nearly unmatched manipulation in his use of time:
"It came to my attention that Fangio had an uncanny ability, an uncanny ability that made him the greatest race car driver of his era if not of all time. It has been said when Fangio got into a race car a remarkable transformation occurred to his perception of the world, a transformation that gave him an edge over other drivers. While he was in the cockpit he and the car would be moving at the same everyday pace as anybody would, with one exception. That exception was that the outside world, the world beyond his car relative to himself slowed down."
OF COBRAS, SCARABS, MASERATIS AND ZEN
The two graphics below are examples of the pages you will find if you go to either of the two illustrated versions of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine." Both pages are early in the story and sort of parallel each other in place, dialogue, and the when and where of what's going on. The illustrated page on the left is from Classics Illustrated which pretty much follows Wells' original story page-by-page. The illustrated page on the right is from Dell Movie Classic and follows almost straight down the line the 1960's movie's interpretation of Wells' book. While the movie version that the illustrated version follows, although accurate in it's presentation of Wells' original, does so with a little more of a broad brush. If you click the Dell Movie Classic graphic on the right then click it a second time you will get a sample as to how each of the pages can be expanded for easier reading.
Wells' original story was published in 1895. Classic Illustrated #133 was published in July 1956. The Dell Movie Classic #1085 was published in March 1960. The movie version, of which the Dell Movie Classic is based, was released July 22, 1960 in Chicago and the following month in Los Angeles.
The first graphic on the left below, by clicking, will take you to a complete free online scanned version of the original 1895 book just as H.G. Wells wrote it. The center graphic is the Classic Illustrated version which sticks to Wells' original story fairly closely. The graphic on the far right, depicting the cover of the Dell Movie Classic version of "The Time Machine," will take you to a site that presents H.G. Wells story pretty much based step-by-step on the 1960 MGM Hollywood movie. Once reaching the Dell version, each page can be expanded for a larger viewing size if so desired by clicking the page.
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By clicking the image below will take you to a video of the 1960's movie, free with no sign up. As fast as I find one they go down.
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THE CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE
FROM THE BIG BANG TO THE PHOTO-MATIC CODE-O-GRAPH
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FOR MORE ON TIME TRAVEL PLEASE SEE:
RESTITCHING THE HOLE IN THE FABRIC OF SPACE-TIME
THE SPIRITUAL ELDER AND THE SANTA FE CHIEF
THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT PERSONIFIED
TIME TRAVEL: MEETING YOURSELF
ANALOGIES IN TIME & PLACE
TIME TRAVEL MYTHOLOGY
MAHABHARATA: INDIA, CIRCA 400BCE
THE MOBIUS STRIP
ON THE RAZOR'S
FIVE TIME WORLD CHAMPION DRIVER JUAN MANUEL FANGIO. WHILE AT
THE WHEEL DRIVING FANGIO HAD AN UNCANNY ABILITY TO SLOW TIME.
My summers in high school were spent on a ranch about 120 miles north of Los Angeles in the Mojave high desert, a ranch that was owned by my Stepmother, or ex-stepmother as she was by then, she and my father having divorced a few years prior. Before she bought the property it had been a long defunct, neglected, run down, deserted, and failed dude ranch. The thing is, the ranch structures, looking all the same as an old western ghost town, had all the amenities, just in a chronic state of disrepair. By the time I began staying there my stepmother had completely refurbished the place, with a fully stocked western themed long bar with a huge set of Texas longhorns about 10 feet tip-to-tip mounted above the mirror, a huge dancehall and stage, with western bands playing there nearly every weekend, along with rodeos and boxing matches out on the property a few times a month. For whatever reason the former dude ranch had a half dozen well built all-in-row duplicate one bedroom bungalows, of which she also had refurbished, and of which, one she always set aside for me to stay while I was there for the summer.
One morning she came by my bungalow telling me my younger brother, who opted to stay in Redondo Beach for the summer rather than spend it on the ranch, called saying a grown man by the name of Landaker came by looking for me wanting to know if I'd like to go the the road races at Torrey Pines with him on the weekend following 4th of July weekend. They had a couple of Ferraris entered and I could hang out and watch what he did. My stepmother instead, insisted on knowing all about who this "grown man" was and how the two of us fit in together. A day or two later, after I told her everything I could think of about Landaker, and I'm sure after she had him checked out herself, she seemed to lighten up a bit, even to a point of suggesting a number of options for how I could get to Torrey Pines and back for the weekend if I wanted to. In that I elected to do so, she made arrangements for everything, which came off without a hitch.
PARRAVANO, THE 375MM S/N 0478 AM, LANDAKER AT SANTA ROSA JUNE
5, 1955. LANDAKER ASKED ME TO TORREY PINES, MY FIRST ROAD RACE.
Around that same period of my life I was in the early stages of trying to resolve the issue of "time" that had long lingered in my life, both on the conventional plain and the spiritual plain, especially becoming ever so much stronger through a new acquaintance that came into my life who later I ended up calling my Mentor. At the same time I was, on the Samsara side of my teenage life, becoming increasingly more interested in sports cars and sports car racing as well. During that same period, a world away, a man named Juan Manuel Fangio was quietly going about winning world driving championships, eventually before his retirement, earning five.
Because of my growing interest in sports cars and sports car racing it wasn't long before Fangio came to my attention. Not long after that, either through attrition or because of my known interest in time, it came to my attention that Fangio had an uncanny ability, an uncanny ability that made him the greatest race car driver of his era if not of all time. It has been said when Fangio got into a race car a remarkable transformation occurred to his perception of the world, a transformation that gave him an edge over other drivers. While he was in the cockpit he and the car would be moving at the same everyday pace as anybody would, with one exception. That exception was that the outside world, the world beyond his car relative to himself slowed down. Everything around him moved in slow motion, at half speed as it were. That gave him more time to make decisions and act on any move. If a spectator ran out on the track in front of him the spectator would be moving in slow motion giving Fangio time to go around him or find an alternate response. If a car spun out, the same thing. He could go around corners faster than anybody because he had all kinds of time to place the car in the right spot and keep his tires right on the very edge of he asphalt without falling off into the shoulder and losing adhesion or traction because everything around him was going so slow.
My interest in sports cars and sports car racing came about because of a man I met while I was in high school, a man named Joe Landaker. When I first met Landaker he was fast becoming, if he hadn't already, the top Ferrari and Maserati tune up mechanic in the country, primarily because of his winning streak working for Tony Parravano. In those days Parravano owned the best assemblage of Ferrari and Maserati sports racing cars around and it was Landaker kept them that way and how he kept winning. That and being able to attract some of the top drivers in the country such as Phil Hill and Carroll Shelby.
Landaker was in the perfect position to meet, know, and become friends with Fangio, a man I always wanted to meet. He and Fangio became close, if not friends because back in the early days when Fangio first started racing he was his own mechanic and because he knew the rigors of keeping and maintaining a car at its maximum he personally always held top mechanics such as Landaker in high regard. Fangio always insisted on having his own mechanic, but knowing Landaker's reputation, he reneged on occasion. Landaker, a modest man about his talents as a mechanic, nevertheless carried Fangio's opinion proudly --- and rightly so.
One day in conversation with Landaker, because of Fangio's ability to have all the time in the world, I mentioned I would love to talk to him. Landaker, agreeing with me as to Fangio's ability, saying it was well beyond any other race car driver he had ever seen, told me even though to his knowledge Fangio didn't speak any amount of English if I could get to Nassau, which was coming up in a few weeks, and if Fangio was there, he would introduce the two of us. I told him because of money, mostly the lack of it, it wasn't all that feasible I could make it. Landaker, looking up from what he was working on and pointing with a wrench in his hand out toward the transporter said, "Then ride with me."
OF COBRAS, SCARABS, MASERATIS AND ZEN
EL REY CLUB: RESORT, CASINO, BROTHEL
THE NORMANDIE CLUB
ALBERT NOZAKI: WAR OF THE WORLDS AND THE 1942 BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES
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The Martian war machine above was designed by Al Nozaki (1912-2003), an Oscar nominated art director, for the 1953 movie War of the Worlds. For some reason his designs were completely different from typical science fiction movie fare of the day --- which were invariably modifications of V-2 rockets, something out of Buck Rogers, or flying saucer disc-like contraptions. Because of that difference and continuingly being haunted by the similarity between what I saw fly over my house as a young boy as described in the 1942 UFO: The Battle of Los Angeles and what Nozaki designed I decided to seek him out to see if I could learn the source of his inspiration.(see)
On October 30, 1938 Orson Welles' Mercury Theater on the Air radio production of H.G. Wells' 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds was broadcast nationally. The results of that broadcast, which was presented in the format of a "real newscast" and reached hundreds of stations and thousands of people was, as shown in the headlines in the New York Times below, actual panic in the streets with people actually thinking there was a real Martian invasion.
WAR OF THE WORLDS
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My Uncle, who I had been my guardian in lieu of my parents during much of my childhood formative years remembered the Wells broadcast well:
"Like many of his day my uncle experienced the aftermath of, or at least familiar with, the Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of the 'War of the Worlds.' The night of the broadcast, especially on the east coast where it was being sent out live and supposedly taking place, thousands of listeners reportedly took the presentation to be a real news broadcast of an invasion from Mars and actually panicked into the streets. Even so, during the first several years following the San Antonio event my uncle just did not pull forward the Welles incident in his thoughts enough to place any of what he saw or experienced into a 'coming from another world' or 'outer space' context --- and for sure, nothing that appeared to be an invasion. Although he had personally seen, experienced, and participated in what many outsiders might consider strange surrounding some aspects of the various Native American cultures he interacted with, some even hinting at or framed in primitive extra-terrestrial parables --- none leaned outwardly toward what one would think of as a modern day science fiction."
Meeting Dr. La Paz
For a complete unabridged YouTube audio video presentation of that 1939 radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds please click the newspaper image above. For the the Classic Illustrated version of H.G. Wells War of the Worlds similar to the Time Machine illustrated version offered in the main text please click the cover image below:
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