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Hg wells

Hg wells

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Hg wellsYet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are tothose of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool andunsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly andsurely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth centurycame the great disillusionment.—Ch. 1.The invasion of earth by aliens from Mars, tripods attacking with HeatRays and Black Smoke and the evacuation of London while peoplewere terrorised in the surrounding countryside became one of the firstinternationally read modern science fiction stories. Wells is oftencredited, along with Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) andJules Verne (1828-1905) as being one of the fathers of science fiction. Forty yearsafter its publication, on the night of Halloween 1938, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on-air radio broadcast of the novel caused widespreadpanic in New York City. Wells’ masterpiece spawned more invasionliterature and inspired numerous movie adaptations and print sequels.The popular novel foreshadowed things to come for the human race:robotics, World Wars, warfare tactics including aerial bombing, use of tanks and chemical weapons, and nuclear power. Part prophet, partpessimist, Wells was a prolific author not just of science fiction but alsofiction and non, utopian and dystopian short stories, travel sketches,histories, and socio-political commentary. While his most popularworks tend to show a bleak future for humanity, he was not withouthis sardonic and wry wit;
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I nolonger despair for the human race.
Herbert George Wells was born on 21 September 1866 in Bromley,Kent County, England, son of Sarah Neal, maid to the upper classes,and Joseph Wells, shopkeeper and professional cricket player. TheWells were quite poor and it was not the happiest of marriages; theywould soon live apart though neither re-married.At an early age Herbert was an avid reader but it would be some yearsbefore his talents as a writer were realised. He attended ThomasMorley’s Academy for a few years before financial hardship forced himto leave and seek practical employment. His father had broken his legand not being able to play cricket anymore or pay for Herbert’s school,Herbert became an apprentice to a draper at the age of fourteen. Theexperience provided much fodder for his future works including
(1905) wherein orphan and draper’s apprentice Artie Kipps gains a
large inheritance and quick education on the ways of upper-classsociety and
The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll
(1896);Thus even in a shop assistant does the warmth of manhood assertitself....against the counsels of prudence and the restrictions of hismeans, to seek the wholesome delights of exertion and danger andpain.—Ch. 1.When Wells won a scholarship in 1883 to the Normal School of Sciencein London he realised another area of interest that would serve himwell in his writing; he began studies in biology and Darwinism underThomas Henry Huxley,Aldous Huxley’s grandfather.
The Island of Doctor Moreau
(1896), another of Wells’ many stories to inspire movieadaptations, deals with themes of eugenics, the ethics of scientificexperimentation, Darwin’s theories, and religion. Wells was not able tocomplete the requirements for his degree and lost his scholarship, so,faced with financial hardship he moved to Fitzroy Road in London tolive with his Aunt and Uncle Wells. He tutored part-time and studiedpart-time at his uncle’s school. His cousin Isabel Mary also lived withthem and they were soon married, in 1891. It lasted only four years;Wells left her for one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins (Jane)whom he married in 1895 and had two sons with: George Philip (1901-1985) and Frank Richard (b.1903). Wells had liaisons with a number of other women, who became models for his characters, while married toJane: writer Amber Reeves gave birth to their daughter Anna Jane in1909 and in 1914 author and feminist Rebecca West gave birth to theirson Anthony West.For quite some time Wells had been writing stories and in 1895 he hadseveral published;
Select Conversations with an Uncle
was his first,followed by
The Time Machine
The Wonderful Visit 
(1895), and
The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents
(1895). His collection of essaysand stories,
Certain Personal Matters
(1896) was followed by
TheInvisible Man
(1897);The stranger came early in February, one wintry day, through a bitingwind and a driving snow....He was wrapped up from head to foot, andthe brim of his soft felt hat hid every inch of his face but the shiny tipof his nose; the snow had piled itself against his shoulders and chest,and added a white crest to the burden he carried. —Ch. 1.
When the Sleeper Wakes
(1899) was followed by
Love and Mr.Lewisham
The First Men in the Moon
(1901) and his first best-seller about what the world would be like in the year 2000,
(1901). A year after its publication Wells joined thesocialist Fabian Society, although he left after a quarrelling with

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