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The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells
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Contents Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: MISADVENTURES IN A POST-DARWINIAN UNIVERSE Heart of Darkness: The Time Machine and Retrogression 'An Infernally Rum Place': The Island of Doctor Moreau and Degeneration PART II: SCIENCE AND SOCIETY Science Behind the Blinds: Scientist and Society in The Invisible Man The Descent of Mars: Evolution and Ethics in The War of the Worlds PART III: TOWARDS THE SHAPING OF HUMANITY 'Science is a Match that Man has Just Got Alight': Science and Social Organisation in The First Men in the Moon The Limits of a Sociological Holiday: Social Progress in A Modern Utopia Conclusion Bibliography Index

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BERGONZI; The Early H.G.Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances; Prentice Hall, 1976; Classic study but not updated and now out of print PARRINDER; Shadows of the Future: H.G.Wells, Science and Prophecy; Syracuse UP, 1996; Different focus from our book, looking particularly at science fiction and prophecy where our book focuses on the links between Wells's works and contemporary scientific debates WAGAR; H.G.Wells: Traversing Time; Wesleyan University Press, 2004 (new ed); More general account of Wells's life and works - does not look in depth at wider relationship with science HAYNES; H.G.Wells : Discoverer of the Future: The Influence of Science on his Thought; New York UP, 1980; Examines science throughout Wells's life but not as specific or detailed as our book

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BERGONZI; The Early H.G.Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances; Prentice Hall, 1976; Classic study but not updated and now out of print PARRINDER; Shadows of the Future: H.G.Wells, Science and Prophecy; Syracuse UP, 1996; Different focus from our book, looking particularly at science fiction and prophecy where our book focuses on the links between Wells's works and contemporary scientific debates WAGAR; H.G.Wells: Traversing Time; Wesleyan University Press, 2004 (new ed); More general account of Wells's life and works - does not look in depth at wider relationship with science HAYNES; H.G.Wells : Discoverer of the Future: The Influence of Science on his Thought; New York UP, 1980; Examines science throughout Wells's life but not as specific or detailed as our book

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'Admirably free of jargon or gobbledegook, the book is written in an engaging, articulate and fluent style that makes it a pleasure to read...a handsome and well bound volume...comprehensive and scholarly, yet at the same highly readable. Any student embarking on a study of the scientific romances will find it invaluable.' - The Wells Newsletter

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