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Book Title: The Works of H.G. Wells|
Date of issue: 2001
ISBN 13: 9780681980204
The author of the book: H.G. Wells
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 787 KB
Edition: State Street Press
Read full description of the books The Works of H.G. Wells:The Time Machine was my favorite. It's about a scientist who travels 8000 years into the future expecting to find a superior race only to be disappointed by the childlike creatures he encounters. Technology made it so easy to live, society regressed, never having to think for themselves. This book was written in 1893, I just wonder what Wells would think about today's society.
The Island of Dr. Moreau was so much better than the movie. I had to watch the movie again after I read this story. You could relate to the scientists, the visitor and even the experiments from time to time. It asks the ultimate question. What would you do?
The Invisible Man was hard to get into. I didn't start liking it until the last 50 pages or so. From the beginning, you didn't get to know the man very well and so many characters were introduced then disappeared so quickly, it was hard to keep up.
War of the Worlds was a look at a martian invasion. Again, written in the late 1800's, he captured the desire to fly. The martians could fly and ultimately humans were able to figure out how. I wish I would have taken a break from Wells before starting this story. His English was difficult to read at times, I felt like I was burned out by the time I got to this story but it was the one I was anticipating the most.
All and all the collection was really good. I'd definitely pick up another of his books in the future.
Read information about the authorIn 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins. Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free (as opposed to "indiscriminate") love. He continued to openly have extra-marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten-year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out-of-wedlock children. A one-time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change. His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia (1905), The Outline of History (1920), A Short History of the World (1922), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1932). One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a "divine will" in his book, God the Invisible King (1917), it was a temporary aberration. Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. He is best-remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.
He was also an outspoken socialist. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Fathers of Science Fiction". D. 1946.
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