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H G Wells - Author

About the Author

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology.

H.G. Wells gained fame with his first major fiction work: The Time Machine in 1895. Soon after the publication of this book, Wells followed with The Island of Dr. Moreau (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and perhaps his most famous popular work: The War of the Worlds (1898).

Over the years Wells became concerned with the fate of human society in a world where technology and scientific study were advancing at a rapid pace. For a period he was a member of The Fabian Society, a group of social philosophers in London. Wells's later works became less science fiction and more social critique.

The accuracy of the "science" in Wells's work has often been called into question. It is rumored that Wells and the French novelist Jules Verne actually criticized each other's writing. Wells's claim was that "Verne couldn't write himself out of a paper sack" and Verne accused Wells of having "scientifically implausible ideas." The science may not be accurate, but the adventure and philosophy in those books makes Wells' early science fiction fun and fascinating to read.

Featured books by H G Wells

Other books by H G Wells

War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

A special edition of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan's 70th anniversary. A brilliant scientist constructs a machine, which, with the pull of a lever, propels him to the year AD 802,701. The time traveller finds himself on an idyllic Earth inhabited by the small, incredibly beautiful Eloi people who live quiet, purposeless lives in paradise. Yet all is not as it seems, and beneath the earth Morlocks - a terrifying, cannibal race that toil in the darkness - are lying in wait . . . Considered by many to be the best science-fiction novel of all time, The Time Machine is a pioneering classic and truly gripping tale from the author of The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man.

The Door in the Wall And Other Stories

The Door in the Wall And Other Stories

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2019

The eight stories here show Wells in various moods and foreshadow his celebrity. These are uncanny tales, resonating strangely, despite arising from ordinary thoughts, interactions, and memories. Wells shows just how fantastic the everyday can be, if one only pauses to reflect on missed chances, suggestions of what might have been, bleak premonitions of blessed futures whose utopian promise is destroyed by new forms of war.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/07/2019

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2019

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. Then, late one night, in the middle of the English countryside, they landed.

Ann Veronica

Ann Veronica

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2019

H.G. Wells's 1909 novel centres on the coming of age of the spirited Ann Veronica, who runs away from her sheltered suburban home to live in London. There she mingles with feminists, studies biology, learns jiu jitsu, and even participates in a suffragette raid on the House of Commons that lands her in jail. When originally published, the novel was deemed poisonous for its bold treatment of an adulterous romance that only lightly veiled Wells's extramarital affairs. While critics debate whether the shift to romance undermines the novel's feminist themes, readers continue to be engaged by its vividly realized heroine and its rich portrayal of the tumultuous social movements of Edwardian London. Historical documents expand on the novel's autobiographical dimension with letters between Wells and Amber Reeves, the model for Ann Veronica; also included are materials on the suffrage movement, attempts to censor the novel, and the New Woman.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The Sleeper Awakes

The Sleeper Awakes

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

The Food of the Gods

The Food of the Gods

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

In the Days of the Comet

In the Days of the Comet

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

The History of Mr. Polly

The History of Mr. Polly

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

The First Men in the Moon

The First Men in the Moon

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

The Island of Dr. Moreau

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/05/2019