H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine:
Selected Bibliography

Compiled by Ralph Dumain


The Chronic Argonauts (1888)

The Time Machine (1895)

Critical editions:

Wells, H. G. The Definitive Time Machine: A Critical Edition of H.G. Wells’s Scientific Romance, edited with introduction and notes by Harry M. Geduld. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987. Contents.

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine: An Invention; edited by Nicholas Ruddick. Peterborough, ON; Orchard Park, NY: Broadview Press, 2001.

Wells, H. G. The Time Machine: An Invention. Authoritative Text, Backgrounds and Contexts, Criticism; edited by Stephen Arata. New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. (Norton Critical Edition) Contents.

Reception & criticism:

H.G. Wells's Perennial Time Machine: Selected Essays from the Centenary Conference "The Time Machine: Past, Present, and Future", Imperial College, London, July 26-29, 1995; edited by George Slusser, Patrick Parrinder, Danièle Chatelain. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001.

Parrinder, Patrick. Shadows of the Future: H.G. Wells, Science Fiction, and Prophecy. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995.

The Reception of H. G. Wells in Europe, edited by Patrick Parrinder & John S. Partington. London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005.

Sommerville, Bruce David. The Critical Reception of The Time Machine for The Speculations of H. G. Wells and T. H. Huxley. Thesis, February 1995.

Wagar, W. Warren. H.G. Wells: Traversing Time. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2004. (The Wesleyan early classics of science fiction series)

Williams, Keith. H.G. Wells, Modernity, and the Movies. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2007. (Liverpool science fiction texts and studies) Publisher description.

From Science Fiction Studies:

Philmus, Robert M. "Wells and Borges and the Labyrinths of Time," Science Fiction Studies,  #4 (Volume 1, No. 4), Fall 1974.

Bibliography and reference:

Hammond, John R. H.G. Wells' The Time Machine: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004.

Hughes, David Y. “Criticism in English of H.G. Wells's Science Fiction: A Select Annotated Bibliography,” Science Fiction Studies, #19 (Volume 6, Part 3), November 1979.

On hyperspace:

Deflating Hyperspace” by David Pacchioli

On time travel in literature:

Alcocer, Rudyard J. Time Travel in the Latin American and Caribbean Imagination: Re-reading History. New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Foote, Bud. The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century: Travel to the Past in Science Fiction. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. (Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy; no. 43)

Gleick, James. Time Travel: A History. New York: Pantheon Books, 2016.

Hellekson, Karen. The Alternate History: Refiguring Historical Time. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2001.

Nahin, Paul J. Time Machines: Time Travel in Physics, Metaphysics, and Science Fiction, foreword by Kip S. Thorne. 2nd ed. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press; New York: Springer, 1999.

Wittenberg, David. Time Travel: The Popular Philosophy of Narrative. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

The “science” of time travel:

Clegg, Brian. How to Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2011.

Davies, Paul. How to Build a Time Machine. New York: Viking, 2002. Publisher description.

Gott, J. Richard. Time Travel in Einstein's Universe: The Physical Possibilities of Travel Through Time. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Sample text.

Mallett, Ronald L. Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality; with Bruce Henderson. New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2006. Publisher description.

Nahin, Paul J. Time Travel: A Writer's Guide to the Real Science of Plausible Time Travel. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. Publisher description.

Pickover, Clifford A. Time: A Traveler's Guide. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Randles, Jenny. Breaking the Time Barrier: The Race to Build the First Time Machine. New York: Paraview Pocket Books, 2005. Sample text.

Time travel humor:

The Complete Time Traveler: A Tourist's Guide to the Fourth Dimension; by Howard J. Blumenthal, Dorothy F. Curley, and Brad Williams; designed with original illustrations by Brad Williams. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 1988.

So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel, by Phil Hornshaw & Nick Hurwitch. New York: Berkley Books, 2012.

Time travel anthologies:

The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, with editorial assistants Tessa Kum and Dominik Parisien. New York: Tor, 2014. xii, 948 pp. Contents. Publisher’s spotlight.

Overlap with Turtledove:
     “A Sound of Thunder” (Ray Bradbury)
     “Death Ship” (Richard Matheson)
     “Yesterday Was Monday” (Theodore Sturgeon)
Overlap wth Ashley:
     “Time Gypsies” by Ellen Klages
     “Traveller's Rest” by David I. Masson
     “Red Letter Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
     “Needle in a Timestack” by Robert Silverberg

The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg. New York: Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2005. xiii, 425 pp. Contents. Publisher description. Sample text.

The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF, edited by Mike Ashley. London: Robinson; Philadelphia, PA: Running Press, 2013. viii, 535 pp. Contents.

A Whole Lot of Time Travel and Some Very Good Fiction by David Wittenberg, Los Angeles Review of Books, May 22, 2014.

The Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance, edited by Trisha Telep. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press Book Publishers, 2009. x, 468 pp. Contents.

Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century, edited by Harry Turtledove with Martin H. Greenberg. New York: Del Rey, 2001. xiii, 415 pp. Contents. Publisher description. Sample text.

Selected time travel fiction

Watson, Ian. The Very Slow Time Machine. New York: Ace Books, 1979. Title story, pp. 1-30.

Time travel fiction database:

Time-Travel Fiction: The Big List of Time Travel Adventures [antiquity-current]

Related time travel fiction, poetry, & bibliography on this site:

Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau: El anacronópete — The First Time Machine

Edward Page Mitchell (1852-1927), Science Fiction Pioneer: Time Travel, Hegel, and More

Eugène Mouton: 19th Century Science Fiction Pioneer

«Le maître du temps» par Giuseppe Lipparini

The Man Who Was Solved by Dick Allen

Time travel lore (5): ‘Victory Over the Sun’ by R. Dumain

The Big Book of Science Fiction: Contents (ed. Ann & Jeff Vandermeer)

Alfred Jarry’s “How to Construct a Time Machine”: A Web Guide

“Studies in a Dying Culture” blog:

On hyperspace:

Gustav Spiller Against the Fourth Dimension

Frank Blighton & the Fourth Dimension

Into the Fourth Dimension” by Frank Blighton (full text)

Black mystic in hyperspace by R. Dumain

Homage to Martin Gardner (October 21, 1914 – May 22, 2010)

Martin Gardner, Mathematical Games, & the Fourth Dimension (web guide & bibliography)

Other web guides & bibliographies on science fiction & utopian literature on this site:

Science Fiction & Utopia Research Resources: A Selective Work in Progress

Futurology, Science Fiction, Utopia, and Alienation in the Work of Imre Madách, György Lukács, and Other Hungarian Writers: Select Bibliography

Sándor Szathmári (1897–1974): Bibliografio & Retgvidilo / Bibliography & Web Guide

Jorge Luis Borges: Selected Study Materials on the Web

Sciencfikcio & Utopia Literaturo en Esperanto / Science Fiction & Utopian Literature in Esperanto: Gvidilo / A Guide. See also / konsultu ankaŭ:

Journalism and Prophecy, 1893-1946: An Anthology,
by H. G. Wells, compiled & edited by W. Warren Wagar

Chapter VII: The Conflict of Languages
from Anticipations by H. G. Wells

George Cary Eggleston on Science Fiction & Jules Verne (1874)

Definition of ’Pataphysics by Alfred Jarry

Chapter 2 of The Life and Thought of H.G. Wells:
Between the Past and the Future: [On The Time Machine]

      by Julius Kagarlitski, translated from the Russian by Moura Budberg

Lenin, H. G. Wells, & Science Fiction

Leon Trotsky on H. G. Wells as Philistine

Red Stars: Political Aspects of Soviet Science Fiction by Patrick McGuire
Note restrictions on use of time travel

The Life and Thought of H.G. Wells by Julius Kagarlitski

Letero al H. G. Wells (julio 1925) de Frigyes Karinthy (in Esperanto)

The Fantastic in Literature (excerpts)
by Eric S. Rabkin

Exotica, Curiosa, Crankery, Hoaxes, Cultural & Intellectual Arcana: Selected Web Guide & Bibliography

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