Let it not be said that I only choose mindless erotic fictions as well as happily ever after books to read. I like science fiction too. However, I am extremely selective when it comes to reading and reviewing science fiction books. Why? Because first of all, I read books to understand certain author’s mind as well as the ideas they are trying to get across. Science fiction are different from romance genre. They had to be logical, and possible… and if necessary, they had to be based on science facts as well. Even if they are not loosely based on facts, i like to read science fictions that’s based on theories.
So…if you’re going to ask me if I read science fiction.The answer is a huge yes. And what subject in science fiction that I prefer to read? TIME TRAVELING and FUTURISTIC FICTIONS.
And who would be my favourite? Herbert George Wells. Unfamiliar with the name? Well… try H.G. Wells. The man was well noted for his science fiction novel, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, When the Sleeper Wakes, and The First Men in the Moon.
I adored H.G. Wells writing. First of all, he’s 100% British. I like men who write purely in British-English. Their language is well-accentuated, gentlemanly and pure pleasure to read.
My personal favourite from H.G Wells have to be The Time Machine.
The Time Machine is about an English scientist and gentleman inventor, identified by a narrator simply as the Time Traveller. The narrator recounts the Traveller’s lecture to his weekly dinner guests that time is simply a fourth dimension, and his demonstration of a tabletop model machine for travelling through it.
He reveals that he has built a machine capable of carrying a person, and returns at dinner the following week to recount a remarkable tale and he became the new narrator:
The Time Traveller tests his device with a journey that takes him to the year A.D. 802,701, where he meets the Eloi, a society of small, elegant, androgynous, and childlike people.
They live in small communities within large and futuristic yet slowly deteriorating buildings, doing no work and having a detestable diet. His efforts to communicate with them are hampered by their lack of curiosity, and he concludes that they are a peaceful society, the result of humanity conquering nature with technology, and subsequently evolving to adapt to an environment in which strength and intellect are no longer advantageous to survival.
Returning to the site where he arrived, the Time Traveler finds his time machine missing, and eventually works out that it has been dragged by some unknown party into a nearby structure with heavy doors, locked from the inside.
I won’t write you what happens next in The Time Machine from that point forward. That would be telling, won’t it? You are going to prove that you… are still intellectually curious people that is not undermined and pampered by technology by actually reading the book yourself… if you haven’t, that is. Assuming that The Time Machine by H.G. Wells is a classic… most of you should have read about it.
Initially… the machine that could bring you back and forth in time; time machine is loosely illustrated like the picture below:
Most of you might have laugh at the idea of time traveling, however, I am fascinated by the whole idea and theory.
You will claim it as a fiction. However…since the end of 1980s, physicists have known that there is nothing within their scientific theories that forbids time travel. According to them, whatever that is not impossible, must be possible. And whatever that is not forbidden, must be compulsory.
It is known that what could actually make time travel possible involves the three greatest ideas in physics: general relativity theory, quantum physics and quantum mechanics.
Basically, what allows the possibility of time traveling is that light travels in one straight line, and with the correct mathematics and machine, we could travel through ‘bended’ line, and that, my dears readers… would allow us to arrive at different point of time.
Time Traveling theory is not that complicated if you actually understand the laws of physics… I had no interested in physics and it’s theory when I was in high school because my teachers made it so boring and utter rubbish of calculations that i need to solve. But as I grew up, I see things in different lights and began to take interest in those theories…momentum, inertia, gravity as well as the law of motion. I even expressed my views on it and how it relates to my daily lives in my old blog in which, I can express myself more freely.
By the way, to understand how time traveling could be made possible, one need to understand a lot of theorems, and so, when I saw the book entitled Time Travel for Beginners by Mary &John Gribbin BookXcess sale earlier this month. I snatched it up as fast as I could. It costs me only RM 3. Such a sad thing for me to see… such a remarkable book was tossed in the bargain bin, and went unnoticed by many and there was a dozen of them, no less.
Time Travel for Beginners is a treasure for me, as explains many theories on how time traveling could be made possible in simple manner. Highly recommended to those who loves to read science fiction with time traveling as the subject, and yet have no head or tails of the concept. Perfect guide, I must say. But of course… one man’s meat is another man’s treasure. And in my case, both Time Travel for Beginners as well as The Time Machine by H.G.Wells is a treasure.
Cleffairy: So… are you calling me crazy and stupid right now? Well… people used to say traveling by air and to space is not possible back then. But look at how it turns out now? People are sending spaceships for space exploration and a lot of people are traveling by aeroplane from one place to another and reached their destination without failed most of the time. So I guess…it’s just a matter of time that the first functional time machine would appear.
ps: This is why I don’t write reviews for sci-fi books. By the time I write this sentence, the rest of you would have hop away and read some food blog or some gossip blogs… and this article, would be sorely neglected…cuz people do not like to actually think…it strain their brain, I guess. I, on the other hand…am afraid of senility, and therefore, I prefer to practice my brain to make sure that they work well all the time.