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									H. G. WellsH. 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:
London, England
Normal School of Science, London, England

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The War of the Worlds (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by H. G. Wells
Deeply concerned with the welfare of contemporary society, Wells wrote this novel of interplanetary conflict in anticipation of war in Europe and predicted the technological savagery of 20th-century warfare, gripping readers with its notion that invasion can happen anytime, anywhere -- even in our own backyard.

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*  The Time Machine (1895)
*  The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896)
*  The Invisible Man (1897)
*  The War of the Worlds (1898)
*  The First Men in the Moon (1901)
*  A Modern Utopia (1905)
*  Tono-Bungay (1909)
*  The History of Mr. Polly (1910)
*  The Outline of History (1920)

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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
by 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.

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								Time Machine: The Story of H. G. Wells, Author: 
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Time Machine: The Story of H. G. Wells
by 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.