The Time Machine
Author: H. G. Wells
The Time Machine is a novel by H. G. Wells, first published in 1895 and later directly adapted into at least two theatrical films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in all media.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written, this 38,000 word novella is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposefully and selectively.
The term “time machine”, coined by Wells, is now universally used to refer to such a vehicle.