Time Traveler
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Real Name


First Appearance

The New Review, vol. 12, no. 68 (Jan. 1895)

Original Publisher

William Heinemann

Created by

H. G. Wells


The Time Traveler is, as his name suggests, a man who invented the world's first working Time Machine. His real name is unknown.

The Time Traveler is a British scientist and gentleman, living in Richmond, Surrey. His first time travel took him to the year 802,701, where he encountered the peaceful, small, elegant, childlike Eloi and the monstrous, subterranean Morlocks; he believed both races to be descendants of 19th century humanity, having evolved in two different directions due to the great divide between social classes in his time. In this distant future he also found a statue of a sphinx.

After his return from the future, he told his adventures to his disbelieving visitors, producing as evidence two strange flowers he brought with him from the future. The next day he departed again for another time travel, promising to be back in half an hour, but he never returned.

Public Domain Literary Appearances

  • The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, serialized in The New Review, vol. 12, 1895.
    • Ch. 1, “The Inventor”; ch. 2, “The Time Traveller Returns”; ch. 3, “The Story Begins”; no. 68, Jan. 1895. (HathiTrust) (Google Books)
    • Ch. 4, “The Golden Age”; ch. 5, “Sunset”; ch. 6, “Stranded in Time”; no. 69, Feb. 1895. (HathiTrust) (Google Books)
    • Ch. 7, “A Discovery”; ch. 8, “The Morlocks”; no. 70, Mar. 1895. (HathiTrust) (Google Books)
    • Ch. 9, “When the Night Came”; ch. 10, “The Palace of Green Porcelain”; ch. 11, “In the Darkness”; ch. 12, “The Trap of the White Sphinx”; no. 71, Apr. 1895. (HathiTrust) (Google Books)
    • Ch. 13, “The Further Vision”; ch. 14, “The Time Traveller’s Return”; ch. 15, “After the Story”; epilogue; no. 72, May 1895. (HathiTrust) (Google Books)
    • Reprinted in book form with some alterations as The Time Machine: An Invention, 1895. (Internet Archive) (Project Gutenberg)
  • “The Time‐Traveler” (poem), by Rosamund Marriott Watson, The Independent, vol. 50, no. 2580, 12 May 1898. (HathiTrust)
    • Reprinted as “The Time‐Traveller,” in After Sunset, [1904]. (Internet Archive)
  • The World of H. G. Wells, by Van Wyck Brooks, 1915. (Internet Archive)

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