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H.G. Wells Herbert George Wells was born on 21 September 1866 in Bromley in Kent.

He is an English author best known for his science-fiction work. His parents were shop-keepers and his father was also a professional cricketer.He was sent to private school but had to leave when his parents ran out of money and he then had unhappy times as first and draper's and then a chemist's apprentice. He then got a scholarship to the Normal School of Science and studied biology. He began to write in 1890 when he got TB.He published his first novel, "The Time Machine" in 1866. It was about time travel.He then wrote "The Island of Dr. Moreau" in 1896 which was about genetics and in1898 he wrote "War of the World" which was about alien invasion.As well as science-fiction, he also wrote other genres and text books. Wells was a socialist and was a member of the Fabian Society. He was a pacifist but when the First World War broke out he supported it and worked in the War Office writing propaganda.Before the Great War he had written "The World Set Free" which forecast the war against

Germany and atomic war. He held quite controversial views for his time and was a supporter of women's rights. He died peacefully on 13 August 1946 in London.