H. G. Wells

Herbert George Wells

Herbert George Wells was an English writer best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary even writing text books and rules for war games. Wells is called the Father of Science Fiction as are Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include "The War of the World's" "The Time Machine" "The invisible Man" and "The island of Doctor Moreau".

Well's earliest specialised training was in biology and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist often sympathizing with pacefist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic and he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist. Most of his later novels were not science fiction. Some described middle class life leading him to be the worthy successor of Charles Dickens. Wells described a range of social strata and even attempted a diagnosis of English society as a whole.

In his early scientific writings Wells predicted the invention of modern weapons such as the tank and the atom bomb. He was therefore horrified by the outbreak of the First World War. Wells was encouraged by the news of the communist revolution in Russia. He visited the country and lectured Lenin and Trotsky on how by should run their country. Wells was disillusioned by what he saw in Russia and in 1920. Wells published "The Outline of History". His "A Short History of the World" published in 1922 sold in large numbers. Wells was appaled by the out break of the Second World War and wrote extensively about the need to make sure that we used the conflict to establish a new rational world order. 

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