In high school on year I decided to give all of my friends a book from Waldenbooks for Christmas. They had a collection of classic books that were each a dollar, which was just the right price for my cash-strapped high school wallet. I very carefully picked out a small selection, and I distinctly remember giving my friend, Sam, The Time Machine book. Then while dating Jeff, or maybe as a newlywed, I went and saw the latest Time Machine movie, and decided at that point I did not like the book. Any time you put cannibalism in a book, I’m not excited by it. BUT, The Time Machine is one of those pivotal books that explores some interesting ideas. So, I sucked up my massive dislike for the idea and got read for a Time Machine book club as part of our book and a movie series.
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An English scientist, only called the “Time Traveler” in the book, invents a time machine, and after trying a brief jump goes forward thousands of years to see the bright new future of the world. Only the future is not as bright as he thought it would be.
Time Machine book club
We spent the time in this book club discussing time travel, technology, and what might have gone wrong.
It’s an interesting idea, what happens when you time travel, and is it a good idea?
Is always pushing the limits of technology a good idea? Is there a point when you’ve gone too far?
There were a lot of fun discussions with that as we went back and forth on it, especially since we’ve seen a good amount of sci-fi movies that address this, and had recently rewatched Jurassic Park which also briefly touches on the issue of should you create technologies like that?
The one link I found for a Time Machine book club:
Time Machine snacks
There have been several Time Machine movies, but we watched the 2002 Time Machine because Jeff really likes that one.
Batman helped come up with many of the snacks, and I figured out later on, he picked one completely from the movie, which he’d seen before watching the books. So, the burial balls he came up with are not in the least bit from the book.
I was a little lazy with snacks, so pretty much all of these are pre-made materials
- pocket watch- Nilla wafers
- Compass- Oreos
- fishing- fish sticks
- blowgun poison- chocolate pudding
- matches- pretzel sticks dipped in melted chocolate chips
- flowers- M&Ms (seriously this was the height of laziness)
- ice age- Sprite
- smog- Dr Pepper
- blow gun- Piourette, which are apparently actually called Pirouline
- I told you so- I have no clue what the thought was for this, and apparently I didn’t then either