Time Machine: The Story of H. G. Wells

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This title, a new addition in the World Writers series, is an outstanding account of the life of Herbert George Wells, who is remembered for his classic science fiction novels, including The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Although Boerst covers Wells's science fiction writing and credits him as the grandfather of the genre, many other aspects of the author's prolific career are discussed as well. Considered the first writer that incorporated real and plausible scientific concepts to suggest to the world the shape of things to come, Wells also penned works on science, history, and socialism, and he was an advocate for a one-world government. This well-paced and enjoyable read paints a complete and compelling portrait of Wells, who was not only an innovative thinker but also a colorful and passionate person. Boerst tactfully, honestly, and without sensationalism portrays the more scandalous aspects of Wells's life, such as his extramarital affairs, belief in open marriages, and controversial political views, in an age-appropriate manner. These aspects are covered only to the extent necessary to show the impact on Wells's work. The emphasis here is on Wells's legacy as a writer. This excellent resource will appeal to young adult readers with an interest in science fiction or writers. Glossary. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2000, Morgan Reynolds, 112p. PLB $19.95. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: William S. Simms

SOURCE: VOYA, October 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 4)

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Gr 8 Up-Wells was a complex man who lived an unconventional life. Best remembered for his science fiction (War of the Worlds and Time Machine), he wrote and spoke extensively on history, education, science, socialism, and politics. Married twice, he conducted an "open marriage" with his second wife, Amy Catherine Robbins, and had numerous mistresses and illegitimate children. His views on male-female liberation, atomic warfare, education, ecology, and environmentalism were often considered "radical" and ahead of his time. Boerst's prose is matter-of-fact and workmanlike. The author condenses Wells's life into a mere 94 pages, and the result is a dry succession of dates, facts, and quotations. Readers will come away with only a glimpse of the man and little real understanding of the social causes he espoused, the controversy they generated, and the succession of women with whom he was involved.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883846404
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Series: World Writers Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.54 (d)

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