At an after-dinner gathering, the narrator of H. G. Wells’ The Time Traveler recounts a tale of time travel in a machine he constructed for the purpose. Demonstrating the contraption, the narrator abruptly disappears, returning some days later to describe his journey into the distant future. The world has greatly changed, now populated by gentle Eloi, and powerful subhuman creatures known as Morlocks, who prey on the Eloi. The traveler befriends an Eloi female named Weena, and tries to protect the Eloi from her crafty enemies. He must first retrieve his time machine from the Morlocks, who are afraid of fire. When the traveler discovers matches and camphor in an ancient museum, he inadvertently starts a fire, killing many Morlocks, sparking a bloody battle in which Weena dies. The traveler escapes in his machine, moving through the fourth dimension to a future in which Earth is dying. He briefly returns to his own time, and then disappears. Wells' futuristic fantasy has won over many generations of readers, and has been reinvented in film and television.