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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.
A true classic that has pointed the way not just for
science-fiction writers, but for how we as a civilisation might
think of ourselves—Guardian
The War of the Worlds remains the barometer by which all extra-terrestrial invasions are measured, from V to Independence Day to Arrival—Irish Times
The classic tale of alien invasion, and still the best—The Times
Wells occupies an honoured place in science fiction—Kingsley Amis
A born story-teller—J.B. Priestly
Wells is the Shakespeare of science fiction—Brian Aldiss