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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.

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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2020

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells, Lewis Helfand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2020

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2020

When the Sleeper Wakes

When the Sleeper Wakes

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

As George Orwell wrote in 1940, Everyone who has ever read When the Sleeper Wakes remembers it. Graham, the sleeper of the title, falls into a cataleptic trance in 1897. Graham will survive on life support for 203 years, suddenly waking in 2100. He wakes to a London encased in a glass dome, in which the Victorian class system has hardened into castes and a revolution is brewing. An important influence on later dystopian novels, Sleeper is a deeply pessimistic book, although Wells could not resist an ending ambiguous enough to permit the reader a faint gleam of optimism. The novel was re-written and published in 1908 as The Sleeper Awakes, but this edition preserves the original version.

Classics Reimagined, The Time Machine

Classics Reimagined, The Time Machine

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2019

Retold with stunning modern illustrations by the artist team Ale + Ale, The Time Machine is a masterpiece of invention and storytelling from the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells. In this unabridged classic, the time-traveling protagonist is propelled by his machine to the distant year of 802,701 AD. To his horror, he finds only a decaying Earth that is being gradually swallowed by the Sun, and where two strange species-the delicate Eloi and the fierce, subterranean Morlocks-inhabit an eerie dystopia. The Time Machine is a must-read for any science-fiction fan. The collage illustrations enhance the story through vivid imagery and detail. Key passages of the book are highlighted in eye-catching typography, further enriching the experience for new readers and those familiar with this masterwork. The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector's editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. From Frankenstein to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and from Jane Austen to Edgar Allan Poe, collect every beautiful volume.

Kipps

Kipps

Author: H.G. Wells Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/04/2019

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author: H.G. Wells Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2018

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