HERBERT GEORGE WELLS (1866-1946)
- The Island of Doctor Moreau
- The Time machine
- The war of the worlds
Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an
author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg
and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find.
Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal
School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under
the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction"
(although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the
Normal School and his interest in biology.
H.G. Wells gained fame with his first major fiction work: The Time
Machine in 1895. Soon after the publication of this book, Wells followed with
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and perhaps his
most famous popular work: The War of the Worlds (1898).
Over the years Wells became concerned with the fate of human society
in a world where technology and scientific study were advancing at a rapid pace.
For a period he was a member of The Fabian Society, a group of social philosophers
in London. Wells's later works became less science fiction and more social
The accuracy of the "science" in Wells's work has often been called
into question. It is rumored that Wells and the French novelist Jules Verne
actually criticized each other's writing. Wells's claim was that "Verne
couldn't write himself out of a paper sack" and Verne accused Wells of having
"scientifically implausible ideas." The science may not be accurate, but the
adventure and philosophy in those books makes Wells' early science fiction fun
and fascinating to read.