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My name is P.J. McDermott, and I've been reading SF ever since I picked up H.G. Wells' The Time Machine when I was ten years old.

I was mesmerized! If you haven't read it, the main plot plays out hundreds of thousands of years into the future where Wells’ creations, the Eloi, and the Morlocks are juxtaposed in several interesting ways—fear of dark/light, the evolution of society into master and servant classes, and finally into those who eat and those who are eaten!

The Eloi

The Eloi are portrayed as a society of incurious, childlike adults living on a diet of fruit. This is generously provided while they sleep by an unknown benefactor. None of the Eloi question why, or who. People in this society also “disappear” overnight, but no-one is concerned by this either.

The Time Traveler believes the entire planet Earth has become a garden, with no sign of industry or engineering from the hundreds of thousands of years of history. He poses the question: is intelligence a result of, and response to, danger? Will humanity’s pursuit of leisure, at the expense of facing challenges, lead to our eventual decline into mind-numbing mediocrity and complacency? Could be, if we end up like the Eloi!

The Morlocks

Morlocks are ape-like creatures who live underground and surface only at night. They play on the reader’s fear of things that go bump in the night. However, as we delve deeper into the story, we also learn the Morlock farm and feed on the Eloi because no other means of sustenance is available.

Which side of the coin would you favor? Morlock, or Eloi?

This is the skill that H.G. Wells brings to his writing. He sucks you in with a terrific adventure and WHAM! he hits you with a great meaning of life question.

The Time Machine is still a very readable book and a great introduction to science fiction for kids and adults alike.

What was the first scifi book you ever read?

I read adventure books day and night, so much so, that when I dodged school (Which I did most Friday mornings to avoid maths!) I'd go to the town library and trawl through a treasure trove of fabulous stories and pick out one by H.G. Wells or Isaac Asimov, then settle down in a reader's chair to enjoy.

If these classic writers engage you just as much as me, you're in the right place. You'll find my books are written in a similar style, and hopefully pose some interesting questions too. Enjoy one today!

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What books inspired you and how? Let me know by clicking the reply button below and send me an e-mail. I'd love to hear from you.