Reading in the Station

Reading in the Station: Science Fiction


Puntolingue is proud to announce the first Reading in the Station event with the participation of Professor Maria Teresa Franza from the University of Salerno, who will take us on a journey through time in the science fiction of  Herbert George Wells.

We wait for you on April 9th at 5 pm at Puntolingue, Salerno Train Station Plarform 1.


H.G. Wells’ The Chronic Argonauts

Originally written by a 22-year old H.G. Wells in 1888, “The Chronic Argonauts” is considered to be the first well-developed use of a ‘time machine’ in science fiction. It predates his more famous time traveling novel, ‘The Time Machine’, by seven years, yet has never been adapted for other media. This brief story begins with a third-person account of the arrival of a mysterious inventor to the peaceful Welsh town of Llyddwdd. Dr. Nebogipfel takes up residence in a house sorely neglected after the deaths of its former inhabitants. The main bulk of the story concerns the apprehension of the simple rural folk who eventually storm the inventor’s “devilish” workshop in an effort to repay supposed witchery. Nebogipfel escapes with one other person—the sympathetic Reverend Elijah Ulysses Cook—in what is later revealed to be a time machine.


Maria Teresa Franza has achieved her PhD in Language, texts and languages in English and American area in 2006, since then she has been teaching and researching at the University of Salerno and at University L’Orientale in Naples, dealing mainly with literary translation and hermeneutics of the text in professional practice. She has collaborated to several publications in national and international journals. Since 2006 she is a member of AIA (Associazone Italiana Anglistica) and ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) and since 2010 of the ‘H.G. Wells Society’. She is currently Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Salerno.


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