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Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English writer. Prolific in many genres, he wrote more than fifty novels and dozens of short stories. His non-fiction output included works of social commentary, politics, history, popular science, satire, biography, and autobiography. Wells' science fiction novels are so well regarded that he has been called the "father of science fiction".In addition to his fame as a writer, he was prominent in his lifetime as a forward-looking, even prophetic social critic who devoted his literary talents to the development of a progressive vision on a global scale. As 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 before these subjects were common in the genre. Brian Aldiss referred to Wells as the "Shakespeare of science fiction", while Charles Fort called him a "wild talent".: 7  He also pioneered modern miniature wargaming, such as with his set of rules called Little Wars in 1913. Wells rendered his works convincing by instilling commonplace detail alongside a single extraordinary assumption per work – dubbed "Wells's law" – leading Joseph Conrad to hail him in 1898 with "O Realist of the Fantastic!". His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), which was his first novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), the military science fiction The War in the Air (1907), and the dystopian When the Sleeper Wakes (1910). Novels of social realism such as Kipps (1905) and The History of Mr Polly (1910), which describe lower-middle-class English life, led to the suggestion that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens,: 99  but Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole. Wells 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 Darwinian context. He was also an outspoken socialist from a young age, often (but not always, as at the beginning of the First World War) sympathising with pacifist views. In his later years, he wrote less fiction and more works expounding his political and social views, sometimes giving his profession as that of journalist. Wells was a diabetic and co-founded the charity The Diabetic Association (Diabetes UK) in 1934. Life Early life Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 162 High Street in Bromley, Kent, on 21 September 1866. Called "Bertie" by his family, he was the fourth and last child of Joseph Wells, a former domestic gardener, and at the time a shopkeeper and professional cricketer and Sarah Neal, a former domestic servant. An inheritance had allowed the family to acquire a shop in which they sold china and sporting goods, although it failed to prosper in part because the stock was old and worn out, and the location was poor. Joseph Wells managed to earn a meagre income, but little of it came from the shop and he received an unsteady amount of money from playing professional cricket for the Kent county team.A defining incident of young Wells's life was an accident in 1874 that left him bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time he began to read books from the local library, brought to him by his father. He soon became devoted to the other worlds and lives to which books gave him access; they also stimulated his desire to write. Later that year he entered Thomas Morley's Commercial Academy, a private school founded in 1849, following the bankruptcy of Morley's earlier school. The teaching was erratic, and the curriculum mostly focused, Wells later said, on producing copperplate handwriting and doing the sort of sums useful to tradesmen. Wells continued at Morley's Academy until 1880. In 1877, his father, Joseph Wells, fractured his thigh. The accident effectively put an end to Joseph's career as a cricketer, and his subsequent earnings as a shopkeeper were not enough to compensate for the loss of the primary source of family income. No longer able to support themselves financially, the family instead sought to place their sons as apprentices in various occupations. From 1880 to 1883, Wells had an unhappy apprenticeship as a draper at Hide's Drapery Emporium in Southsea. His experiences at Hide's, where he worked a thirteen-hour day and slept in a dormitory with other apprentices, later inspired his novels The Wheels of Chance, The History of Mr Polly, and Kipps, which portray the life of a draper's apprentice as well as providing a critique of society's distribution of wealth.: 2 Wells's parents had a turbulent marriage, owing primarily to his mother being a Protestant and his father being a freethinker. When his mother returned to work as a lady's maid (at Uppark, an country house in Sussex), one of the conditions of work was that she would not be permitted to have living space for her husband and children. Thereafter, she and Joseph lived separate lives, though they never divorced and remained faithful to each other. As a consequence, Herbert's personal troubles increased as he subsequently failed as a draper and also, later, as a chemist's assistant. However, Uppark had a magnificent library in which he immersed himself, reading many classic works, including Plato's Republic, Thomas More's Utopia, and the works of Daniel Defoe. When he became the first doyen of science fiction as a distinct genre of fiction, Wells referenced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in relation to his works, writing, "they belong to a class of writing which includes the story of Frankenstein." Teacher In October 1879, Wells's mother arranged through a distant relative, Arthur Williams, for him to join the National School at Wookey in Somerset as a pupil–teacher, a senior pupil who acted as a teacher of younger children. In December that year, however, Williams was dismissed for irregularities in his qualifications and Wells was returned to Uppark. After a short apprenticeship at a chemist in nearby Midhurst and an even shorter stay as a boarder at Midhurst Grammar School, he signed his apprenticeship papers at Hyde's. In 1883, Wells persuaded his parents to release him from the apprenticeship, taking an opportunity offered by Midhurst Grammar School again to become a pupil–teacher; his proficiency in Latin and science during his earlier short stay had been remembered.The years he spent in Southsea had been the most miserable of his life to that point, but his good fortune in securing a position at Midhurst Grammar School meant that Wells could continue his self-education in earnest. The following year, Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science (later the Royal College of Science in S.... Discover the H G Wells popular books. Find the top 100 most popular H G Wells books.

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    The H.G. Wells Anthology

    H.G. Wells

    This huge collection of H.G.Wells' writing, contains 149 separate works, including his famous novels of Science Fiction: 'The War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine' and 'The Invisi...

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    The Complete Novels of H. G. Wells

    H.G. Wells

    In this collection you will find : Novels The Time Machine The War of the Worlds The Invisible Man The Island of Doctor Moreau The Sleeper Awakes A Modern Utopia The Wheels of Ch...

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    The Greatest Works of H. P. Lovecraft

    H. P. Lovecraft

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    H. G. Wells

    J.D. Beresford & Philip Dossick

    HERBERT GEORGE "H. G." WELLS (1866–1946) was an English writer, best known for his work in science fiction. Often called "The Father of Science Fiction" along with Jules Verne, man...

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    The Collected Works of H. G. Wells

    H.G. Wells

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    The Massacre of Mankind

    Stephen Baxter

    A sequel to the H.G. Wells classic THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, brilliantly realized by awardwinning SF author and Wells expert Stephen BaxterIt has been fourteen years since the Martian...

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    H.G. Wells

    Édouard Guyot

    This is a contemporary biography of H.G. Wells published in the early 20th century. It is written in French.

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    Delphi Collected Works of H. G. Wells

    H.G. Wells

    Widely regarded as the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells was also a prolific author of history, politics and social commentary, whose works from an early date were renowned fo...

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    The Novels of H. G. Wells Volume One

    H.G. Wells

    Three classics from the science fiction master in one volume.From the incomparable H. G. Wells, this volume includes three novels of imagination, wit, and terror.The Island of Doct...

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    H. G. Wells

    J.D. Beresford

    This 1915 critical study on H.G. Wells, a father of modern science fiction, was the first ever published, and considers works like The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, War of the W...

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    The Time Machine

    H.G. Wells

    The H.G. Wells classic that helped launch the time travel genre. The Time Traveller, a dreamer obsessed with traveling through time, builds himself a time machine and, much to his ...

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    H. G. Wells & Michael A. Cramer

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    H.G. Wells

    Robert Thurston Hopkins

    This contemporary biography of H.G. Wells contains a variety of illustrations from the early 20th century.

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    The Map of the Sky

    Félix J. Palma

    The fate of the earth hangs in the balance as H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds is transformed from the work of one writer’s imagination into a terrifying reality for all mankind.1...

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    H. G. Wells

    Halszka Leleń

    The book offers a thorough study of the literary tensions and twoworld structure of the fantastic short stories by H. G. Wells (1866–1946). It exposes trickster games in the storyt...

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    The Last Books of H.G. Wells

    H.G. Wells, Rudy Rucker & Colin Wilson

    This volume contains the two last works by HG Wells. Nearing the end of his life, increasingly distressed over the war, Wells deals with death and apocalypse, mortality and religio...

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    H.G. Wells

    Keith Ferrell

    H.G. Wells was one of the most influential men of his time, a leading sciencefiction writer, novelist, philosopher, reformer and fighter for civilization.This dramatic account of h...

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    H. G. Wells

    Laura El Makki

    "Sans rêves, la vie humaine serait insupportable pour la plus grande multitude des êtres humains." Herbert George Wells (18661946) est un homme pressé de vivre et d’aimer. Lecteur...

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    The Map of Time

    Félix J. Palma

    This instant New York Times bestselling pageturner features a cast of real and imagined literary characters, cunning intertwined plots, and stars a skeptical H.G. Wells as a timetr...

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    The Age of Wonder

    Richard Holmes

    The Age of Wonder is a colorful and utterly absorbing history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic ...

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    H. G. Wells

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    Wells defines two divergent types of mind by the relative importance they attach to things past or things to come. The former type he calls the legal or submissive mind, "because t...

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    Classic Science Fiction Collection

    Edwin A. Abbott, Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Wood Campbell, Raymond King Cummings, Arthur Conan Doyle, Tom Godwin, Andre Norton, H. Beam Piper, Mack Reynolds, Mary Shelley, E.E. Doc Smith, Jules Verne & H.G. Wells

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    H. G. Wells

    J. D. Beresford

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    H.G. Wells

    J.D. Beresford

    This contemporary biography of H.G. Wells was published in 1915.

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    H G Wells

    Adam Roberts

    This is the first new complete literary biography of H G Wells for thirty years, and the first to encompass his entire career as a writer, from the science fiction of the 1890s thr...

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    The Life of H.G. Wells

    Golgotha Press

    His books have inspired dozens of movies, influenced thousands of writers and artist, and did more for the science fiction genre then almost any other writer. But who was H.G. Well...

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    The Collected Works of H. G. Wells

    H.G. Wells

    The Collected Works of H. G. Wells is a collection of classic novels by one of the greatest writers in history. The included works of H. G. Wells are The War of the Worlds, The Tim...

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    The Young H. G. Wells

    Claire Tomalin

    "Tomalin’s The Young H.G. Wells is hard to beat, being friendly, astute and a pleasure to read.” Michael Dirda, Washington Post“Claire Tomalin’s short, engaging biography The Young...

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    The Wells Bequest

    Polly Shulman

    Leo never imagined that time travel might really be possible, or that the objects in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novels might actually exist. But then a miniature time machine app...