The Young H. G. Wells: Changing the World

The Young H. G. Wells: Changing the World
By Claire Tomalin

Herbert George Wells may not have been the father of science fiction, but he was probably its single most influential practitioner, inventing types of stories that have gone on to become standards of the genre, from time travel to alien invasion. It’s also noteworthy that he did this in just a decade’s flurry of activity, from 1895 to 1905, before gradually moving on to other interests like politics and writing a history of the world.

A creative run that lasts for about ten years is typical of most authors, and veteran biographer Claire Tomalin has wisely written a short book focusing on this hyper-productive period in Wells’s life, which was fueled by his passion for sex, socialism and science (in that order). It’s better to give us Wells at his most vital and just skim over the long decline that followed.

5 thoughts on “The Young H. G. Wells: Changing the World

  1. Wells was a damn commie and the world would have better off if aliens HAD invaded England and capped him. But since I’m not an author, I won’t be writing that particular story. I wonder if someone has?

    This is why I’m not a fan of learning more about authors as people, even long dead ones. Usually it ends up destroying my interest in their books and I hate when that happens.

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      1. I wrote a post or a review where I talked about commies and hippies. I think I said I’d line them up and shoot them both, to save on bullets.
        I remember it all because it got me in a fight with some hippies on LT. So I guess it was a review then 😀


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