A cautionary horror story about the dangers of greed, isolation and a science without ethics, from the father of science fiction
H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1866. After an education
repeatedly interrupted by his family's financial problems, he
eventually found work as a teacher at a succession of schools,
where he began to write his first stories.
Wells became a prolific writer with a diverse output, of which the famous works are his science fiction novels. These are some of the earliest and most influential examples of the genre, and include classics such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. Most of his books very well-received, and had a huge influence on many younger writers, including George Orwell and Isaac Asimov. Wells also wrote many popular non-fiction books, and used his writing to support the wide range of political and social causes in which he had an interest, although these became increasingly eccentric towards the end of his life.
Twice-married, Wells had many affairs, including a ten-year liaison with Rebecca West that produced a son. He died in London in 1946.
Enduringly captivating * Observer *
Pioneering * Daily Mail *
Wells was the founding father of science fiction, and in his utopian fantasy novels he was proved eerily correct * Daily Telegraph *
The original; and far better than any of the film versions * The Times *
An old tale of scientific hubris that walks the line between comedy and horror * New York Times *