In the Dark

Belief Suspended

The Time Machine
Produced and distributed by DreamWorks and Warner Bros.
Directed by Simon Wells
Screenplay by John Logan from a novel by H.G. Wells

Monster’s Ball
Produced by Lee Daniels and Mark Urman
Directed by Marc Forster
Screenplay by Milo Addica and Will Rokos
Released by Lions Gate Films

I first read H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine when I was 12 years old.  At the time, I had no way of knowing I was turning the pages of a socialist’s sour allegory of Darwinian capitalism and its unintended consequences.  I only knew I had to find out how the story ended.  When I got to the last page, however, I discovered something odd.  There was no ending.  Instead, the hero known only as the Time Traveler, having come back from one voyage into the future, disappeared on another.  What was this?  I wasn’t disappointed, just mildly shocked.  It was, I think, the first time a book had asked me what would happen next.  Such respect for the reader was new to me.  It was also my first intimation that stories could have consequences for life beyond their covers, that they might point outward from imagination to deeds, expecting readers to act on their own authority.  Later, I would discover Wells had written a warning to his own time.  Like most good science...

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