>Time Machine creates alternate reality

>The University of California, Riverside is allowing scholars to study a rare US first edition of HG Wells’s The Time Machine, which differs from the ‘official’ UK version. Up for debate is whether this 1895 edition was dumbed down for the US market … or just maybe it was Wells’s earlier version of the manuscript. If that’s the case, it’d be like finding an extra disc in your DVD box set with a previously undiscovered director’s cut (or rejected first draft). Wow!

Check out the whole story over at io9.com. And while you’re digging through your shelves for your copy of Wells’s original, don’t forget to order a copy of Stephen Baxter’s awesome – and official – sequel The Time Ships, which Arthur C Clarke, no less, suggested was ‘better than the original’!

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