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.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2019

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

But planet Earth was not only being watched - soon it would be invaded by monstrous creatures from Mars who strode about the land in great mechanical tripods, bringing death and destruction with them. What can possibly stop an invading army equipped with heat-rays and poisonous black gas, intent on wiping out the human race? This is one man's story of that incredible invasion, from the time the first Martians land near his home town, to the destruction of London. Is this the end of human life on Earth?

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2018

The time traveller has invented a time machine. Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination. Hundreds of thousand of years in the future, the beautiful Eloi people live in a Garden of Eden. But why are the Eloi so fearful of the dark? What horrors lurk beneath the surface of their world? What will the time traveller learn about the future? Will he survive the evil he encounters? Even if he can find his stolen machine, will it return him safely home? What does his future hold? What is the future of the human race?

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/05/2018

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

H. G. Wells' seminal work of science-fiction gets the Scholastic Classics treatment. A Victorian scientist goes back in time, to discover what he thinks is a paradise. But something dark lurks beneath the surface...Adventurous, thrilling and deeply thought-provoking, THE TIME MACHINE offers readers a complex glimpse into an extraordinary new world.

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/06/2017

Rollercoasters: The War of the Worlds

Rollercoasters: The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2017

Nobody suspects that intelligent life exists on other planets until an enormous cylinder falls to Earth and lands in the English town of Woking. From this ominous metallic cylinder emerge the unsightly Martians, equipped with terrifying killing machines. Although the Martians initially provoke local curiosity, this rapidly turns to fear as the attacks begin and soon spread to London. With the security of the human race under threat and the power of the Martians ever mounting, authorities must act fast.

Food of the Gods

Food of the Gods

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2016

First Men in the Moon

First Men in the Moon

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/07/2016

Time Machine, The

Time Machine, The

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

Invisible Man, The

Invisible Man, The

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

The War of the Worlds (Ad Classic Illustrated)

The War of the Worlds (Ad Classic Illustrated)

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2014

Story of the Stone Age JES 21

Story of the Stone Age JES 21

Author: H. G. Wells Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2014

From "e;Tales of Space and Time"e;.

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2013

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2013

First Men in the Moon

First Men in the Moon

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2012

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2012

Invisible Man, The

Invisible Man, The

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2009

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/2007

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H G Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2005

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H G Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2004

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/1990

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/1970

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Wells's classic science-fiction story. Strapped on his time machine, the time traveller discovers the secret of the fourth dimension, and journeys far into the future to find out what is to happen to mankind.

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H. G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1968

One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools, this is Wells's classic science-fiction tale in which Martians descend on the Home Counties.

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