The Work of H.G. Wells

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The Work of H.G. Wells

When discussing great British authors of the twentieth century, no list of names would be complete without the inclusion of Herbert George Wells. Throughout his career, H.G. Wells penned more than a hundred books covering a wide variety of genres, proving both his literary versatility and proficiency as an expert storyteller.

Wells’ first publication was Text-book of Biology, a non-fiction book that was published in 1893. From there, he ran the gamut of writing styles and tried his hand at everything from biographies and journalistic essays to comedic short stories and even romance novels. In addition to all that, he also left his mark outside the realm of literature by co-founding The Diabetic Association, the charity that still flourishes to this day as Diabetes UK.

Nevertheless, despite his varied accomplishments, there is no denying that H.G. Wells is most prominently known for his contributions to one field in particular – the science fiction (sci-fi) genre. In fact, as one of its earliest practitioners, Wells is commonly labelled as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’ in tribute to his groundbreaking creativity and influential, futuristic concepts.

The Work of H.G. Wells

Whilst his writing career ultimately spanned six decades, his most famous publications were all penned in his first decade as a published author, proving that his early years were arguably his best. H.G. Wells was firing on all creative cylinders, which was proven by the fact that his most legendary novels were all published in consecutive years, from 1895 to 1898, forever cementing his name in literary history.

Since their first publication more than a century ago, The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (1898) have never been out of print. What’s more, all four have been recreated on the silver screen numerous times, ensuring Wells’ work continues to be exposed to new generations of fans with each passing decade. In the last 25 years alone, these iconic stories have resurfaced on multiple occasions. Many of these adaptations have been big budget affairs, featuring the likes of Marlon Brando as Dr. Moreau, Guy Pearce as the Time Traveller, and Tom Cruise in the starring role of The War of the Worlds.

The latter example was even directed by the cinema legend Stephen Spielberg – another telling example of Wells’ standing in the world of science fiction. Wells’ stories have lost none of their lustre and have even appeared in the cinema as recently as 2020 with the latest incarnation of The Invisible Man, starring Elisabeth Moss and featuring Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Dr. Griffin.

Whilst Wells’ continued success is the result of a multitude of factors, one important part of that has to be the sheer originality of his stories. As ‘The Father of Science Fiction’, it should also come as no surprise that Wells was the lead architect of some of the most enduring creations in sci-fi history – from time travel and invisibility to alien invasions and genetic engineering.

The Work of H.G. Wells

When discussing great British authors of the twentieth century, no list of names would be complete without the inclusion of Herbert George Wells. Throughout his career, H.G. Wells penned more than a hundred books covering a wide variety of genres, proving both his literary versatility and proficiency as an expert storyteller.

Wells’ first publication was Text-book of Biology, a non-fiction book that was published in 1893. From there, he ran the gamut of writing styles and tried his hand at everything from biographies and journalistic essays to comedic short stories and even romance novels. In addition to all that, he also left his mark outside the realm of literature by co-founding The Diabetic Association, the charity that still flourishes to this day as Diabetes UK.

Nevertheless, despite his varied accomplishments, there is no denying that H.G. Wells is most prominently known for his contributions to one field in particular – the science fiction (sci-fi) genre. In fact, as one of its earliest practitioners, Wells is commonly labelled as ‘The Father of Science Fiction’ in tribute to his groundbreaking creativity and influential, futuristic concepts.

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