H.G. Wells First Citizen of the Future by Keith Ferrell


H.G. Wells First Citizen of the Future by Keith Ferrell

He was born in the year dynamite was invented (1866) and died a year after the first explosion of the atomic bomb (1946). Herbert George (H. G.) Wells was a man whose life dominated the century and whose ideas both predicted and shaped the future. One of the most influential men of his time, a leading science-fiction writer, novelist, philosopher, reformer and fighter for civilization, Wells exercised his imagination and expounded his revolutionary ideas in over one hundred books in the course of his long life. As a young man Wells struggled against repeated failure as a draper's assistant, science student and teacher before finding his vocation as a writer. He wrote the pioneering-and immediately popular-novel The Time Machine. In this and other classic science fiction such as The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, Wells combined serious and often remarkably accurate speculation about the future with high adventure. But Wells was not content just to write fiction. He was also an advocate for change in social customs and a man deeply concerned with the future of humanity. A firm believer that the twentieth century would be the turning point for civilization, Wells anticipated many of the changes in his writings on space travel, politics, marriage and the technologies of war. This is a dramatic account of Well's life and his fight for causes and concerns that are still relevant today.


Sketching the life, ideas, and times of H.G. Wells, Ferrell provides enough detail to give a vivid sense of the man, his writings, and his effect on Western civilization. A treat for Well's fans and good biographical material for students. Booklist This solid biography of Wells-the first ever written for young adults-seems more likely to inspire and motivate the young than some trendy...epic about divorce and dope. New York Daily News

About the Author

Keith Ferrell is the author of Ernest Hemingway: The Search for Courage and George Orwell: The Political Pen. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife and son.

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192 pages


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Publication date

24th March 2014



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