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H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown - 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.

Eric Brown was born in 1960 and lives in Keighley in Yorkshire. He has been short listed for the British Science Fiction Award 5 times and won it in 2002.

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The War of the Worlds
H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
With the original first published over 100 years ago this retelling of The War of the Worlds will once you've read it make you realise how fragile a world we live in and the threat to extinction hangs over us...
Lovereading Price: £3.99 - Saving £1.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2009
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The Time Machine
H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
The time traveller has invented a time machine. Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination. Wonderfully exciting and so relevant to today as we all consider the future of the human race. From Reena aged 12: 'The Time...
Lovereading Price: £3.99 - Saving £1.00 (20%) Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2008
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