H. G. Wells

English writer

1866   -   1946

genre: science fiction
country of citizenship: United Kingdom
educated at: Royal College of Science, Imperial School of Jurisprudence, University of London
occupation: writer, historian, journalist, Idist

Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. He was prolific in many genres, writing dozens of novels, short stories, and works of social commentary, satire, biography, and autobiography, including even two books on war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels and is often called a "father of science fiction", along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.During his own lifetime, however, he was most prominent as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. A futurist, he wrote a number of utopian works and foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web. His science fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, invisibility, and biological engineering. Brian Aldiss referred to Wells as the "Shakespeare of science fiction". His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898) and The War in the Air (1907). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.Wells's earliest specialised training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Novels such as Kipps and The History of Mr Polly, which describe lower-middle-class life, led to the suggestion that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens, but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. A diabetic, Wells co-founded the charity The Diabetic Association (known today as Diabetes UK) in 1934.
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works

114

Bealby

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1915

The Diamond Maker

short story by H. G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

The Holy Terror

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1939

The Lord of the Dynamos

short story by H. G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1894

Mankind in the Making

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1903

Meanwhile

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1927

Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1928

Brynhild

novel by H.G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1937

The Croquet Player

novella by H.G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1936

The New America: The New World

book by Herbert George Wells

author: H. G. Wells

1935

articles

2

The Man Who Could Work Miracles

short story by H. G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

The Star

short story by H.G. Wells

author: H. G. Wells

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