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(1866 AD - 1946 AD),
Prolific English writer, satirist, journalist, historian, sociologist and political philosopher, best known for his science-fantasy novels with their farsighted delineation of the victory of technology as well as the revulsions of 20th-century war. Wells won a scholarship at the Normal School of Science in London, graduated and worked as a draper's apprentice, bookkeeper, tutor, and journalist before he became a full-time writer. He was genuinely concerned about the survival of modern society and was an active member of the Fabian society. He wrote some 80 titles that fell into several genres: science fiction, comic novels, thesis novels, historical works and so on. His major works include The Time Machine (1895), Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), Kipps (1905), The History of Mr. Polly (1910), Ann Veronica (1909), Tono-Bungay (1909), Mr. Britling Sees It Through (1916), The Outline of History (2 volumes, 1920), '42 to '44 (1944), Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945) and Mind at the End of Its Tether (1945). *** WELLS, HERBERT GEORGE (1866-- ) was born at Bromley, Kent, on the 21st of September 1866, the son of Joseph Wells, a professional. cricketer. He was educated at Midhurst grammar school and at the Royal College of Science, where he was trained in physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology and biology. He graduated B.Sc. of London University in 1888 with first-class honours, taught science in a private school, and I subsequently did private coaching. In 1893 he began to write for the Pall Mall Gazette, of which he was dramatic critic in 1895. He also wrote for Nature and the Saturday Review. After the success of his fantastic story The Time Machine (1895) he gave his time chiefly to the writing of romances, in which the newest scientific and technical discoveries were used to advance his views on politics and sociology. But he did not confine himself to fiction. His Anticipations (1902) showed his real gift for sociological speculation. Beginning with a chapter on the means of locomotion in the 20th century, it went on to discuss war, the conflict of languages, faith, morals, the elimination of the unfit, and other general topics, with remarkable acuteness and constructive ability. In The Discovery of the Future (1902), Mankind in the Making (1903), A Modern Utopia (1905) and New Worlds for Old (1908) his socialistic theories were further developed. As a novelist, meanwhile, he had taken a very high place. Some earlier stories, such as The Wheels of Chance (1896) and Love and Mr Lewisham (1900), had proved his talent for drawing character, and pure phantasies like The War of the Worlds (1898) his abundant invention ; but Kipp (1905) and Tono-Bungay (1909) showed a great advance in artistic power. The list of his works of fiction includes The Stolen Bacillus and other Stories (1895), The Wonderful Visit (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Plattner Story and Others (1897),. When the Sleeper Wakes (1890, The First Men in the Moon (1901), The Food of the Gods (1904), In the Days of the Comet (1906), The War in the Air (1908), Anne Veronica (1909)7 The History of Mr Polly (1910).
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September 26, 2010
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