THE TIME MACHINE - Science on Screen

Guest Speaker: Scientist and Author Bill Schutt


Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Tue, May 23, 2017 7:30 PM





Tuesday May 23  at 7:30pm

$11 Members | $16 Public

Guest Speaker:  Scientist and Author Bill Schutt


Cannibalism is oft portrayed with horror and taboo. In The Time Machine, a scientist finds mankind evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi, and the Morlocks that feed on them. But the true nature of cannibalism–the role it plays in evolution as well as human history–is more intriguing (and normal) than the misconceptions we’ve come to accept as fact, evidenced by Scientist Bill Schutt in his new book, Cannibalism: A perfectly Natural History.


Adapted from the 1895 H. G. Wells novella of the same name, The Time Machine was hugely influential on the development of science fiction, and received an Oscar for its use of time-lapse photographic effects. It takes place in  Victorian England, where Scientist and inventor H. George Wells (Rod Taylor) constructs a time machine, and, despite the warning from his friend David (Alan Young) against "tempting the laws of providence," decides to visit the future. Jumping ahead 14 years, he observes changes in women's fashion. Jumping ahead 40, he meets David's son (also Young) amid a terrible war. Finally, he travels thousands of years ahead to 802,701 AD, to discover a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by the humanoid passive, childlike, and vegetarian Eloi, and a monstrous underground-dwelling  race known as the Morlocks who prey on them. (USA, 1960, 103 min., English, NR, 35mm | Dir. George Pal)

Bill Schutt
 is a biology professor at LIU Post and research associate in residence at the American Museum of Natural History. Schutt’s first novel, science-fiction thriller, Hell’s Gate, (with J.R. Finch), is followed by its sequel, The Himalayan Codex, out on June 6, 2017. His latest non-fiction book is Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.