The Time Machine (feat Joe Ruppel) : Episode 107

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The Time Machine [1895, 1960, 2002]

What: We talk about H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and its two film adaptations. Time travel!
Written/Directed by: H.G. Wells | George Pal | Simon Wells
Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux | Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy

Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel PhotoJoe Ruppel, history nerd and our co-bff

Recommended and Related Media

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The original class book.
Read it with your eyes iTunes | Amazon | Gutenberg
Read it with your ears iTunes | Amazon | Librivox

The Time Machine [1960]
The now-classic film. Very close to the original work and with really cool FX (for the 60s) to boot!
Stream it iTunes | Amazon

The Time Machine [2002]
The updated action-romance version of the story.
Stream it iTunes | Amazon

Show Notes

H.G. Wells

The book, his prescience, and his coinage of the term “time machine.” His scientific literacy and the ideas in the physics and mathematics of his time. Other times he was on the show.

Moving through time

Dimensions and physics and moving through the invisible dimension of time.

Humanity and war

Time traveling between wars. The inevitability of global conflict in the late 19th century.  The inevitability of nuclear apocalypse in 1960. The inevitability of humanity overreaching in manipulation of the natural world in 2002. Really large explosions, nuclear and otherwise. Krakatoa vs Tsar Bomba. The year without a summer.

Geological scales

Time traveling across geological time scales. Tracking in relative space and over miles across the planet’s surface. “Time and space machine.” Staccato time travel.

Eloi and Morlocks

Human evolution and selective pressures. Humans as cattle. Inefficiency in turning sunlight into steak. Maintaining 19th-century English over millennia.

Time travel paradoxes

Single-timeline self-consistency. Time travel victory strategies.


What books would you bring with you to repair future society?


Time Machine 1960 Morlock and Weena

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