H.G. Wells

Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946)— known as H. G. Wells —was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is called a “father of science fiction”, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.


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The Time Machine

ISBN: 978-1539624721

The Time Machine is a science fiction story by H.G.Wells, published in 1895. With this novel, Wells is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle that allows an operator to travel purposely and selectively forwards or backwards in time. The term “time machine”, coined by Wells, is now almost universally used to refer to such a vehicle. The Time Machine has since been adapted into three feature films of the same name, as well as two television versions, and a large number of comic book adaptations. It has also indirectly inspired many more works of fiction in many media – and it is widely recognised that this visionary work first showcased central themes of the science fiction genre as it exists today.

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War of The Worlds

ISBN: 978-1539669364

The War of The Worlds is a science fiction novel by H.G.Wells, first published in 1897. It is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and his younger brother in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon – and is also one of the most beloved classics of that same genre.

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The World Set Free

ISBN: 978-1541146969

The World Set Free is a novel published in 1914 by H. G. Wells. The book is based on a prediction of nuclear weapons of a more destructive and uncontrollable sort than the world has yet seen. A frequent theme of Wells’s work, as in his 1901 non ction book Anticipations, was the history of humans’ mastery of power and energy through technological advance, seen as a determinant of human progress. The novel begins: “The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, re-making animal. . . . Always down a lengthening record, save for a set-back ever and again, he is doing more.” (Many of the ideas Wells develops here found a fuller development when he wrote The Outline of History in 1918-1919.) The novel is dedicated “To Frederick Soddy’s Interpretation of Radium,” a volume published in 1909. Scientists of the time were well aware that the slow natural radioactive decay of elements like radium continues for thousands of years, and that while the rate of energy release is negligible, the total amount released is huge. Wells used this as the basis for his story

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The Wonderful Visit

ISBN: 978-1541008472

The Wonderful Visit is an 1895 novel by H. G. Wells. With an angel—a creature of fantasy unlike a religious angel—as protagonist and taking place in contemporary England, the book could be classi ed as contemporary fantasy, although the genre was not recognised in Wells’s time. The Wonderful Visit also has strong satirical themes, gently mocking customs and institutions of Victorian England as well as idealistic rebellion itself.The Wonderful Visit tells how an angel spends a little more than a week in southern England. He is at rst mistaken for a bird because of his dazzling polychromatic plumage, for he is “neither the Angel of religious feeling nor the Angel of popular belief,” but rather “the Angel of Italian art.” As a result, he is hunted and shot in the wing by an amateur ornithologist, the Rev. K. Hilyer, the vicar of Siddermoton, and then taken in and cared for at the vicarage. The creature comes from “the Land of Dreams” (also the angel’s term for our world), and while “charmingly affable,” is “quite ignorant of the most elementary facts of civilisation.” During his brief visit he grows increasingly dismayed by what he learns about the world in general and about life in Victorian England in particular. As he grows increasingly critical of local mores, he is eventually denounced as “a Socialist.”


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The War In The Air

ISBN: 978-1541053076

The War in the Air, a military science ction novel by H. G. Wells, written in four months in 1907 and serialised and published in 1908 in The Pall Mall Magazine, is like many of Wells’s works notable for its prophetic ideas, images, and concepts—in this case, the use of the aircraft for the purpose of warfare and the coming of World War I. The novel’s hero is Bert Smallways, a “forward-thinking young man” and a “kind of bicycle engineer of the let’s-‘ave-a-look-at-it and enamel-chipping variety.” The story was written in 1907 and depicts a war happening in the late 1910s – then a future history, which can be considered as a retroactive alternate history. The basic assumption behind the plot is that immediately after the Wright Brothers’s rst successful ight in 1903, all of the world’s major powers became aware of the decisive strategic importance of air power, and embarked on a secret arms race to develop this power. The general public is virtually unaware of this arms race, until it nally bursts out in a vastly destructive war which destroys civilisation.

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ISBN: 978-1541110205

Tono-Bungay is a realist semiautobiographical novel written by H. G. Wells and published in 1909. It has been called “arguably his most artistic book”. It was originally serialized in The English Review beginning in the magazine’s rst issue in December 1908. It was serialized in the United States in The Popular Magazine beginning in the September 1908 issue. Tono-Bungay is narrated by George Ponderevo, who is persuaded to help develop the business of selling Tono-Bungay, a patent medicine created by his ambitious uncle Edward. George devotes seven years to organising the production and manufacture of a product which he believes to be “a damned swindle”. He then quits day-to-day involvement with the enterprise in favour of aeronautics. But he remains associated with his uncle Edward, who becomes a nancier of the rst order and is on the verge of achieving social as well as economic dominance when his business empire collapses. George tries to rescue his uncle’s failing nances by stealing quantities of a radioactive compound called “quap ” from an island off the coast of West Africa, but the expedition is unsuccessful. His nephew engineers his uncle’s escape from England in an experimental aircraft he has built, but the ruined entrepreneur turned nancier catches pneumonia on the ight and dies in a French village near Bordeaux, despite George’s efforts to save him. The novel ends with George nding a new occupation: designing destroyers for the highest bidder.


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The Sea Lady

ISBN: 978-1541105836

The Sea Lady is a fantasy novel written by H. G. Wells that has some of the aspects of a fable. It was serialized from July to December 1901 in Pearson’s Magazine before being published as a volume by Methuen. The inspiration for the novel was Wells’s glimpse of May Nisbet, the daughter of the Times drama critic, in a bathing suit, when she came to visit at Sandgate, Wells having agreed to pay her school fees after her father’s death. The intricately narrated story involves a mermaid who comes ashore on the southern coast of England in 1899. Feigning a desire to become part of genteel society, the mermaid’s real design is to seduce Chatteris, a man she saw “some years ago” in “the South Seas—near Tonga,” who has taken her fancy. This she reveals in a conversation with the narrator’s second cousin Melville, a friend of the family who adopts Miss Waters. As a supernatural being, she is unimpressed with the fact that Chatteris is engaged to a Miss Glendower and is trying to make amends for his wastrel youth by entering politics. Chatteris is unable to resist the mermaid’s alluring charms, though succumbing means his death.

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The Invisible Man

ISBN: 978-1540888174

The Invisible Man is a science ction novella by H. G. Wells. Originally serialized in Pearson’s Weekly in 1897, it was published as a novel the same year. The Invisible Man of the title is Griffin, a scientist who has devoted himself to research into optics and invents a way to change a body’s refractive index to that of air so that it neither absorbs nor re ects light and thus becomes invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse it. While its predecessors, The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau, were written using rst-person narrators, Wells adopts a third- person objective point of view in The Invisible Man.

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Tales of Space And Time

ISBN: 978-1541168046

Tales of Space and Time is a fantasy and science ction collection of three short stories and two novellas written by the English author H. G. Wells between 1897 and 1898. It was rst published by Doubleday & McClure Co. in 1899. All the stories had rst been published in various monthly periodicals and this was the rst volume to collect these stories.

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The Sleeper Awakes

ISBN: 978-1541031418

The Sleeper Awakes (1910) is a dystopian science ction novel by H. G. Wells about a man who sleeps for two hundred and three years, waking up in a completely transformed London, where, because of compound interest on his bank accounts, he has become the richest man in the world. The main character awakes to see his dreams realised, and the future revealed to him in all its horrors and malformities. The novel is a rewritten version of When the Sleeper Wakes, a story by Wells that was serialised between 1898 and 1899.

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The Research Magnificent

ISBN: 978-1541066045

The text of this novel of ideas presents itself as a book that has been written as the result of a promise to a dying man. William Porphyry Benham is a man who has lived a life devoted to a complicated, protean idea: “that he had to live life nobly and thoroughly.” He has left behind him “half a score of patent les quite distended [with papers] and a writing-table drawer-full,” and the novel is by implication what his friend White, who has promised to “see after your book,” has produced to acquit himself of the promise, since the papers themselves are “an indigestible aggregation.” Benham is a man of means due to curious circumstances: his mother left his father, a schoolmaster, for a wealthy man named Nolan who died soon thereafter, but not before leaving “about a third of his very large fortune entirely to Mrs. Benham and the rest to her in trust for her son, whom he deemed himself to have injured.” His mother subsequently marries a great London surgeon and becomes Lady Marayne; her indiscretion is forgiven and she enjoys a position of privilege. The bulk of the novel recounts Benham’s effort to live nobly, which brings him into con ict with his mother, with his friend Prothero, a schoolboy chum who becomes a Cambridge don, and with his wife, Amanda, a young woman he loves passionately but then leaves behind in England to travel the world (India, Russia, China) in search of wisdom. It is in Johannesburg, South Africa, that Benham is fatally shot while attempting to stop soldiers ring at strikers.

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Mr Britling Sees It Through

ISBN: 978-1541165014

Mr. Britling Sees It Through is H.G. Wells’s “masterpiece of the wartime experience in England.” The novel was published in September 1916, and tells the story of a renowned writer, Mr. Britling, a protagonist who is quite evidently an alter ego of the author. The novel is divided into three parts. Book the First, entitled “Matching’s Easy At Ease,” is set in June–July 1914 and is at rst narrated from the point of view of an American, Mr. Direck, who visits Mr. Britling’s establishment in Dower House and falls in love with Cissie, the sister of Mr. Britling’s secretary’s wife. Book the Second, “Matching’s Easy at War,” covers August 1914 to October 1915, when Mr. Britling’s son Hugh is killed at the front. In Book the Third, “The Testament of Matching’s Easy,” Mr. Britling learns that Herr Heinrich has also been killed, and writes a long letter to the dead German soldier’s parents. Much of the rst book is devoted to discussions of the character of English society, and much of the second and third to discussions of England’s response to the challenge of the war. The novel was used as a text at chaplains’ school, and was embraced by military officers and religious leaders. Mr. Britling Sees It Through was one of the most popular novels in the United Kingdom and Australia during World War I.

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A Modern Utopia

ISBN: 978-1541051836

A Modern Utopia has been called “not so much a modern as a postmodern utopia.” The novel is best known for its notion that a voluntary order of nobility known as the Samurai could effectively rule a “kinetic and not static” world state so as to solve “the problem of combining progress with political stability.” A Modern Utopia is presented as a tale told by a sketchily described character known only as the Owner of the Voice. Interspersed in the narrative are discursive remarks on various matters, creating what Wells called in his preface “a sort of shot- silk texture between philosophical discussion on the one hand and imaginative narrative on the other.”. In addition, there are frequent comparisons to and discussions of previous utopian literature. In terms of Northrop Frye’s classi cation of literary genres, A Modern Utopia is not a novel but an anatomy. The premise of the novel is that there is a planet (for “No less than a planet will serve the purpose of a modern Utopia”) exactly like Earth, with the same geography and biology. They have, however, “different habits, different traditions, different knowledge, different ideas, different clothing, and different appliances.” The narrator’s double describes the ascetic Rule by which the samurai live; this includes a ban on alcohol and drugs and a mandatory annual one-week solitary ramble in the wilderness. He also explains the social theory of Utopia, which distinguished four “main classes of mind”: The Poietic, the Kinetic, the Dull, and the Base. Poietic minds are creative or inventive; kinetic minds are able but not particularly inventive; the Dull have “inadequate imagination,” and the Base are mired in egotism and lack “moral sense.”

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ISBN: 978-1541149359

Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul is a novel by H. G. Wells, rst published in 1905. Humorous yet sympathetic, this perceptive social novel is generally regarded as a masterpiece, and was the author’s own favourite work. It was adapted into the stage and cinema musical Half a Sixpence. Kipps is a rags-to-riches study in class differences, and the novel’s chief dramatic interest is how the protagonist negotiates the intellectual, moral, and emotional difficulties that come with wealth and a change of social station. Kipps is the only character in the novel who is fully developed, and all events are narrated from his point of view. A restrained Wellsian narrator’s voice offers occasional comment, but only toward the end of the novel does this voice speak out in a page-long denunciation of “the ruling power of this land, Stupidity,” which is “a monster, a lumpish monster, like some great clumsy griffin thing, like the Crystal Palace labyrinthodon, like Coote, like the leaden Goddess of the Dunciad, like some fat, proud unkey, like pride, like indolence, like all that is darkening and heavy and obstructive in life.”

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The Island Of Dr Moreau

ISBN: 978-1541008762

The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. Wells described the novel as “an exercise in youthful blasphemy”. The Island of Doctor Moreau is a classic of early science fiction and remains one of Wells’s best- known books, and has been adapted to film and other media on many occasions.

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The First Men In The Moon

ISBN: 978-1541046993

The First Men in the Moon is a scienti c romance published in 1901 by the English author H. G. Wells, who called it one of his “fantastic stories”. The novel tells the story of a journey to the moon undertaken by the two protagonists, a businessman narrator, Mr. Bedford, and an eccentric scientist, Mr. Cavor. Bedford and Cavor discover that the moon is inhabited by a sophisticated extraterrestrial civilization of insect-like creatures they call “Selenites”.

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The Door In The Wall

ISBN: 978-1541168961

The Door in the Wall, considered by both readers and critics, to be Wells’s finest tale, examines an issue to which Wells returned repeatedly in his writing: the contrast between aesthetics and science and the difficulty of choosing between them. This collection also includes The Star, A Dream of Armageddon, The Cone, A Moonlight Fable, The DiamondMaker, The Lord of the Dynamos, and The Country of the Blind.

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The Discovery Of The Future

ISBN: 978-1541168497

The Discovery of the Future is a 1902 philosophical lecture by H. G. Wells that argues for the knowability of the future. It was originally delivered to the Royal Institution on January 24, 1902. Before appearing in book form, it was published by Richard Gregory in Nature on February 6, 1902, and was also published as part of the Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution. Wells begins by distinguishing between “two divergent types of mind,” one that judges and attaches importance principally to what has happened in the past and one that judges and attaches importance principally to what will happen in the future. To the former he attributes the adjectives “legal or submissive,” “passive,” and “oriental,” and to the latter the adjectives “legislative, creative, organizing, or masterful,” and “active,” calling it “a more modern and much less abundant type of mind.” Wells argues that not only has science made us knowledgeable about a distant, impersonal past, it also regards the ability successfully to predict to be a criterion of validity. Though the unpredictability of human behavior complicates the problem, the fact that “as individuals increase in number they begin to average out” means that “an inductive knowledge of a great number of things in the future is becoming a human possibility. Wells devotes the last part of his text to speculations about “the question what is to come after man,” considering it “the most persistently fascinating and the most insoluble question in the whole world.” He concludes with a statement of personal faith “in the coherency and purpose in the world and in the greatness of human destiny.”

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In The Days Of The Comet

ISBN: 978-1541107960

In the Days of the Comet (1906) is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells in which humanity is “exalted” when a comet causes “the nitrogen of the air, the old azote,” to “change out of itself” and become “a respirable gas, differing indeed from oxygen, but helping and sustaining its action, a bath of strength and healing for nerve and brain.” This narrative is divided into three “books”: Book I: The Comet; Book II: The Green Vapours; and Book III: The New World. Book I, recounts that William (“Willie”) Leadford, “third in the office staff of Rawdon’s pot-bank [a place where pottery is made] in Clayton,” quits his job just as an economic recession caused by American dumping hits industrial Britain, and is unable to find another position. When his love Nettie jilts Leadford for the son and heir of the Verrall family, Leadford buys a revolver, intending to kill them both and himself. As this plot matures, a comet with an “unprecedented band in the green” in its spectroscopy looms gradually larger in the sky, eventually becoming brighter than the Moon. Just as Leadford is about to kill his rivals, the green comet enters the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrates, causing a soporific green fog. Book II opens with Leadford’s awakening, in which he is acutely aware of the beauty in the world and his attitude toward others is one of generous fellow-feeling. The same effects occur in every human being, who accordingly re-organize human society. Book III concerns with an intense discussion by Verrall, Leadford, and Nettie, about their and humanities future.

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