H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 13 August 1946) was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, history, satire, biography and autobiography. His work also included two books on recreational war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called the “father of science fiction”, along with Jules Verne and the publisher Hugo Gernsback.During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. Brian Aldiss referred to Wells as the “Shakespeare of science fiction”, while American writer Charles Fort referred to him as a “wild talent”.Wells rendered his works convincing by instilling commonplace detail alongside a single extraordinary assumption per work dubbed Wells’s law leading Joseph Conrad to hail him in 1898 as “O Realist of the Fantastic!”. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), which was his first novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898) and the military science fiction The War in the Air (1907). Wells was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.Wells’s earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also an outspoken socialist from a young age, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels such as Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle-class life, led to the suggestion that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. Wells was a diabetic and co-founded the charity The Diabetic Association (known today as Diabetes UK) in 1934.


eBooks: A Modern Utopia | A Short History of the World | An Englishman Looks at the World | Ann Veronica | Bealby; A Holiday | Certain Personal Matters | First and Last Things | Floor Games | God The Invisible King | In the Days of the Comet | Joan and Peter | Kipps | Little Wars; a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys’ games and books | Love and Mr. Lewisham | Mankind in the Making | Marriage | Mr. Britling Sees It Through | Russia in the Shadows | Select Conversations with an Uncle | Socialism and the family | Soul of a Bishop | Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents | Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata | The Country of the Blind, And Other Stories | The Door in the Wall And Other Stories | The First Men In The Moon | The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth | The History of Mr. Polly | The Invisible Man | The Island of Doctor Moreau | The New Machiavelli | The New Teaching of History | The Quaint Companions | The Red Room | The Secret Places of the Heart | The Undying Fire | The War That Will End War | The War in the Air | The War of the Worlds | The World Set Free | Thirty Strange Stories | This Misery of Boots | Tono Bungay | Twelve Stories and a Dream | War and the Future | Washington and the Riddle of Peace | What is Coming?

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