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There are many ways a Time Machine can be envisioned, especially from the vague description that H.G. Wells gives in his story:

"The thing the Time Traveller held in his hand was a glittering metallic framework, scarcely larger than a small clock, and very delicately made. There was ivory in it, and some transparent crystalline substance."
"You will notice that it looks singularly askew, and that there is an odd twinkling appearance about this bar, as though it was in some way unreal."
"Also, here is one little white lever, and here is another."
"Now I want you clearly to understand that this lever, being pressed over, sends the machine gliding into the future, and this other reverses the motion. This saddle represents the seat of the time traveller."
"Parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal. The thing was generally complete, but the twisted crystalline bars lay unfinished upon the bench beside some sheets of drawings, and I took one up for a better look at it. Quartz it seemed to be."

One can see from this description that H.G. was not going to attempt to be scientific about what a Time Machine should look like for his story. After all, it was not the Machine itself that was the point of his story, but literally and figuratively the vehicle of his story-telling. Therefore, with this nebulous description, it is a subject that is wide open to artistic and creative interpretation.

This section is dedicated to some of the many interpretations of how the Time Machine might look. Some, you will see, are very much influenced by the George Pal film version, of which a certain standard seemed to have been set for many Time Machine incarnations to come. From movies and books, to simple drawings and comic-book art - from the more sensible, to the abstract, many have tried to substantiate Wells' loose description.

Many of the works you will see are artistic renderings for the many publications of the story - paperback editions, illustrated editions, children's editions, comic-book editions and audio editions - as well as some film versions, and as this site grows, maybe even some original interpretations by anyone who cares to dispay his or her own vision of a Time Machine. Sculptures, CGI and models are also welcome to be dispayed here.

So, sit back, click away and enjoy the many wonderful renditions of the Time Machine!

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The Pal Machine

Original Movie Concept

TV Machines

2002 Re-make

Audio TM's

Book Art

Comic Art