|H. G. Wells|
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe," H. G. Wells once said. Widely revered as the father of science fiction, the English novelist, journalist, sociologist, and historian penned ominous -- and educated -- glimpses at humanity's possible future, including The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
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H. G. Wells
Also Known As:
Herbert George Wells (full name)
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1866
Place of Birth:
Bromley, Kent, England
Date of Death:
August 13, 1946
|Place of Death:
Normal School of Science, London, England
|The Legendary Prank|
|Over 4 million Americans were treated to perhaps the greatest Halloween trick of all time on October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles aired a modified radio adaptation of Wells's classic story of alien invasion, The War of the Worlds. Welles decided to tell the story as if a Martian attack on New York was actually happening -- thousands believed it was real and panicked. Welles made a formal apology the following day and quickly made tracks for Hollywood to work on Citizen Kane. |
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|The Island of Dr. Moreau|
H. G. Wells
Wells’s tale about a mad surgeon-turned-vivisectionist who performs experiments on a remote island that transform animals into men is one of Wells's earliest -- and most sinister -- explorations of the scientific quest to control the natural world. Marlon Brando played the evil doctor in a 1996 adaptation of the film -- one of his last major screen performances.
|Time Machine: The Story of H. G. Wells|
William J. Boerst
This thorough biographical volume provides readers with a complete and compelling portrait of Wells -- who was not only one of literature's most innovative thinkers but also a colorful and passionate person. Boerst tactfully portrays the more scandalous aspects of Wells's life, including his belief in open marriage, his many love affairs, and his controversial political views.