Originally Posted by kennyc
The Time Machine is not alternate history.
I didn't say it was. Wells was concerned with the division of the classes as it was in his day and what it could lead to in the future. In that way he wrote social SF rather than one dependent upon a lot of gadgets. He does have gadgets being mentioned (in the scenes in the museum) but very little technical detail is given about what man had achieved between the present and the time when the time traveller came from.