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H G Wells


(Herbert George Wells)
UK (1866 - 1946)

aka Reginald Bliss

Herbert George Wells was a product of his time--the son of a servant, he studied the sciences at university and became both a popular writer and an influential socialist intellectual with a moderately scandalous list of affairs with women. Most of his science fiction dates from early in his career--in a few short years, he invented many of the obsessional tropes of the genre from The Time Machine to contact with hostile aliens (in The War of the Worlds and The First Men in the Moon) to suspended animation (in The Sleeper Awakes) and the temporary uplift of animals to sapience (in The Island of Doctor Moreau). In almost all of these cases, he creates at once a satirical comment on some trend in contemporary society--class division, imperialism and so on--and a powerful poetic myth that transcends any immediate satiric content; when we think of the effete Eloi and subterranean Morlocks in The Time Machine, it is not just of aristocrats and proletarians that we think. Like Verne, he was occasionally fond of comic stereotypes--Wells almost singlehandedly crystallized the figure of the impractical comic scientist (in The First Men in the Moon), as he did that of the scientist so ruthless as to be on the edge of sanity (in The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau). Unlike Verne, and perhaps because he had a solid scientific background, he did not fetishize scientific accuracy and used scientific ideas as story germs and for verisimilitude. Most of his later novels have no sf content, (while being novels of ideas in precisely the same way as his sf novels), the exceptions being various utopian fictions like In the Days of the Comet and terrible warnings like The War in the Air. Wells's political evolution was from an optimist who believed in casual eugenic slaughter to a pessimist who cultivated humane virtues.
 
Novels
The Lord of the Dynamos (1894)
The Time Machine (1895)
The Wonderful Visit (1895)
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
The Wheels of Chance (1896)
The Invisible Man (1897)
The War of the Worlds (1898)
Love and Mr Lewisham (1899)
The Sleeper Awakes (1899)
     aka When the Sleeper Wakes
The First Men in the Moon (1901)
The Sea Lady (1902)
The Food of the Gods (1904)
Kipps (1905)
In the Days of the Comet (1906)
The War in the Air (1908)
Ann Veronica (1909)
Tono-Bungay (1909)
The History of Mr Polly (1910)
The New Machiavelli (1911)
Marriage (1912)
The Passionate Friends (1913)
The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman (1914)
The World Set Free (1914)
Bealby: A Holiday (1915)
Boon, The Mind Of The Race... (1915) (as by Reginald Bliss)
The Research Magnificent (1915)
Mr Britling Sees It Through (1916)
The Soul of a Bishop (1917)
Joan and Peter: A Story of an Education (1918)
The Undying Fire (1919)
The Secret Places of the Heart (1922)
Washington and the Hope of Peace (1922)
Men Like Gods (1923)
The Dream (1924)
Christina Alberta's Father (1925)
The World of William Clissold (1926)
Meanwhile (1927)
Mr Blettsworthy on Rampole Island (1928)
The King Who Was A King (1929)
The Treasure In The Forest (1929)
The Autocracy of Mr Parham (1930)
The Bulpington of Blup (1932)
The Shape of Things to Come (1933)
The Croquet Player (1936)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936)
Apropos Of Dolores (1937)
Brynhild (1937)
The Camford Visitation (1937)
Star Begotten (1937)
The Brothers (1938)
The Holy Terror (1939)
All Aboard for Ararat (1940)
Babes In The Darkling Wood (1940)
You Can't Be Too Careful (1941)
The Lord of the DynamosThe Time MachineThe Wonderful VisitThe Island of Doctor Moreau
The Wheels of ChanceThe Invisible ManThe War of the WorldsLove and Mr Lewisham
The Sleeper AwakesThe First Men in the MoonThe Sea LadyThe Food of the Gods
KippsIn the Days of the CometThe War in the AirAnn Veronica
Tono-BungayThe History of Mr PollyThe New MachiavelliMarriage
The Passionate FriendsThe Wife of Sir Isaac HarmanThe World Set FreeBealby: A Holiday
Boon, The Mind Of The Race...The Research MagnificentMr Britling Sees It ThroughThe Soul of a Bishop
Joan and Peter: A Story of an EducationThe Undying FireThe Secret Places of the HeartWashington and the Hope of Peace
Men Like GodsThe DreamChristina Alberta's FatherThe World of William Clissold
MeanwhileMr Blettsworthy on Rampole IslandThe King Who Was A KingThe Treasure In The Forest
The Autocracy of Mr ParhamThe Bulpington of BlupThe Shape of Things to ComeThe Croquet Player
The Man Who Could Work MiraclesApropos Of DoloresBrynhildThe Camford Visitation
Star BegottenThe BrothersThe Holy TerrorAll Aboard for Ararat
Babes In The Darkling WoodYou Can't Be Too Careful
 
Omnibus
Seven Famous NovelsFive Great Novels
 
Collections
Select Conversations With An Uncle...The Stolen Bacillus: And Other IncidentsThe Red RoomThe Plattner Story: And Others
Thirty Strange StoriesTales of Space and TimeTwelve Stories and a DreamThe Country of the Blind: And Other Stories
The Door In The Wall: And Other StoriesTales of the UnexpectedTales Of Life and AdventureTales Of Wonder
The Empire Of The Ants: And Other StoriesSelected Short StoriesThe Short Stories of H G WellsThe Adventures Of Tommy
The Valley Of SpidersThe Stolen Body: And Other Tales Of The UnexpectedShort Stories By H G WellsThe Inexperienced Ghost
The Land IroncladsThe New AcceleratorThe Truth About Pyecraft: And Other Short StoriesSeven Stories
Three Prophetic Science Fiction Novels of H. G. WellsThe ConeBest Science Fiction Stories of H. G. WellsThe Complete Short Stories of H G Wells
Selected Stories of H. G. WellsThe Book Of Time: The Time Machine, Nebogipfel at the End of Time, The Grey Man, The Chronic Argonauts, 12:01 P.M., 12:02 P.M.
 
Non fiction
Honours Physiography (1893) (with R A Gregory)
Text-Book Of Biology/Zoology (1893)
Anticipations (1901)
Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought (1901)
Mankind In The Making (1903)
A Modern Utopia (1905)
The Future In America (1906)
This Misery of Boots (1907)
Will Socialism Destroy the Home? (1907)
First and Last Things (1908)
Floor Games: A Father's Account of Play and Its Legacy of Healing (1911)
The Great State (1912)
Great Thoughts From H. G. Wells (1912)
Little Wars (1913)
New Worlds For Old (1913)
An Englishman Looks At the World (1914)
The War That Will End War (1914)
The War and Socialism (1915)
What Is Coming? (1916)
God The Invisible King (1917)
Introduction To Nocturne (1917)
War and The Future (1917)
     aka Italy, France, And Britain At War
In The Fourth Year (1918)
The Idea Of A League Of Nations (1919)
The Way To The League Of Nations (1919)
Frank Swinnerton (1920) (with Arnold Bennett and Grant Overton)
The Outline Of History (1920)
Russia In The Shadows (1920)
The Salvaging Of Civilization (1921)
A Short History Of The World (1922)
Washington and The Hope / Riddle Of Peace (1922)
Socialism and the Scientific Motive (1923)
The Story Of A Great Schoolmaster (1924)
A Short History Of Mankind (1925) (with E H Carter)
A Year Of Prophesying (1925)
Wells' Social Anticipations (1927)
The Book Of Catherine Wells (1928)
The Open Conspiracy (1928)
     aka What Are We To Do With Our Lives?
The Way The World Is Going (1928)
Divorce As I See It (1930)
Points Of View (1930)
The Science Of Life (1930) (with Julian S Huxley and G P Wells)
The New Russia (1931)
Selections From The Early Prose Works Of H G Wells (1931)
The Work, Wealth and Happiness Of Mankind (1931)
After Democracy (1932)
An Experiment In Autobiography (1934)
The New America (1935)
The Anatomy Of Frustration (1936)
World Brain (1938)
The Fate Of Homo Sapiens (1939)
     aka The Fate Of Man
The New World Order (1939)
Travels Of A Republican Radical In Search Of Hot Water (1939)
The Common Sense Of War and Peace (1940)
Guide To The New World (1941)
The Pocket History Of The World (1941)
The Conquest Of Time (1942)
Modern Russian and English Revolutionaries (1942) (with Lev Uspensky)
The Outlook For Homo Sapiens (1942)
Phoenix (1942)
Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church (1943)
'42 To '44 (1944)
Reshaping Man's Heritage (1944) (with J B S Haldane and Julian S Huxley)
The Happy Turning (1945)
Marxism Vs Liberalism (1945) (with J V Stalin)
Mind At The End Of Its Tether (1945)
AnticipationsAnticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and ThoughtMankind In The MakingA Modern Utopia
The Future In AmericaThis Misery of BootsWill Socialism Destroy the Home?First and Last Things
Floor Games: A Father's Account of Play and Its Legacy of HealingGreat Thoughts From H. G. WellsLittle WarsNew Worlds For Old
An Englishman Looks At the WorldThe War That Will End WarWhat Is Coming?God The Invisible King
War and The FutureIn The Fourth YearThe Outline Of HistoryRussia In The Shadows
The Salvaging Of CivilizationA Short History Of The WorldSocialism and the Scientific MotiveA Short History Of Mankind
A Year Of ProphesyingWells' Social AnticipationsThe Book Of Catherine WellsThe Open Conspiracy
The Way The World Is GoingThe Science Of LifeThe Work, Wealth and Happiness Of MankindAfter Democracy
An Experiment In AutobiographyThe New AmericaThe Anatomy Of FrustrationWorld Brain
The Fate Of Homo SapiensThe New World OrderTravels Of A Republican Radical In Search Of Hot WaterThe Common Sense Of War and Peace
Guide To The New WorldThe Pocket History Of The WorldThe Conquest Of TimeThe Outlook For Homo Sapiens
PhoenixCrux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church'42 To '44The Happy Turning
Marxism Vs LiberalismMind At The End Of Its Tether
 
Anthologies containing stories by H G Wells
The Big Book of Detective Stories
A Century of Humour (1925)
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 1st Series (1928)
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 2nd Series (1931)
A Century of Creepy Stories (1934)
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror 3rd Series (1934)
The Mystery Book (1934)
A Century of Thrillers 2nd Series (1935)
The Great Book of Humour (1935)
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935)
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and Mysteries (1936)
The Moonlight Traveller (1949)
The Other Side of the Moon (1949)
The 2nd Pan Book of Horror Stories (1960)
The Arrow Book of Horror Stories (1961)
Spine Chillers (1961)
The 3rd Pan Book of Horror Stories (1962)
The Frankenstein Reader (1962)
Tales of the Supernatural (1962)
Human and Inhuman Stories (1963)
The Best Science Fiction Stories 3 (1964)
Medley Macabre (1966)
Rod Serling's Devils and Demons (1967)
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (1968)
The 5th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1970)
The 6th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1970)
Some Things Fierce and Fatal (1971)
A Century of Horror (1971)
3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1972)
The Nightmare Reader Volume 2 (1973)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 2A (1973)
Great British Short Stories (1974)
A Little Night Reading (1974)
The Golden Road (1974)
Roots of Evil (1976)
     aka Weird Stories of Supernatural Plants
The Best Science Fiction Stories (1977)
A Century of Short Stories (1977)
Tales of the Dark 2 (1977)
Chamber of Horrors (1978)
Lost Worlds, Unknown Horizons (1978)
Sixty-Five Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979)
The Giant Book of Horror Stories (1981)
The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book (1983)
Black Water (1983)
Magic for Sale (1983)
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984)
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984)
Realms of Darkness (1985)
The World's Library of Best Books Volume Two (1989)
Tales of the Occult (1989)
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992)
Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown (1992)
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1993)
The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
Reel Future (1994)
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996)
Vampires, Wine and Roses (1997)
The Science Fiction Century (1997)
Ackermanthology (1997)
Great Ghost Stories (1998)
The Road to Science Fiction 5: The British Way (1998)
The Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1998)
A Century of HumourThe Mystery BookThe Great Book of HumourThe Great Book of Thrillers
The Mammoth Book of Thrillers, Ghosts and MysteriesThe Moonlight TravellerThe Other Side of the MoonThe 2nd Pan Book of Horror Stories
Spine ChillersThe 3rd Pan Book of Horror StoriesThe Frankenstein ReaderTales of the Supernatural
Human and Inhuman StoriesMedley MacabreRod Serling's Devils and DemonsHauntings: Tales of the Supernatural
The 5th Fontana Book of Great Horror StoriesThe 6th Fontana Book of Great Ghost StoriesSome Things Fierce and FatalA Century of Horror
3000 Years of Fantasy and Science FictionThe Nightmare Reader Volume 2Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 2AA Little Night Reading
The Golden RoadRoots of EvilThe Best Science Fiction StoriesA Century of Short Stories
Tales of the Dark 2Chamber of HorrorsSixty-Five Great Tales of the SupernaturalThe Giant Book of Horror Stories
The Science Fiction Weight-Loss BookBlack WaterMagic for SaleThe Penguin Book of Ghost Stories
The Penguin Book of Horror StoriesRealms of DarknessTales of the OccultThe Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
Masterpieces of Terror and the UnknownFantastic Tales: Visionary and EverydayThe Ascent of WonderReel Future
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of FantasyVampires, Wine and RosesThe Science Fiction CenturyAckermanthology
Great Ghost StoriesThe Road to Science Fiction 5: The British WayThe Mammoth Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories
 
Short stories
Tono-Bungay (excerpt)
A Family Elopement (1884)
A Tale Of The Twentieth Century (1887)
The Devotee Of Art (1888)
The Flying Man (1893)
Aepyornis Island (1894)
A Deal in Ostriches (1894)
The Diamond Maker (1894)
The Final Men (1894)
The Flowering of the Strange Orchid (1894)
The Hammerpond Park Burglary (1894)
How Gabriel Became Thompson (1894)
In the Avu Observatory (1894)
In the Modern Vein: An Unsympathetic Love Story (1894)
The Jilting of Jane (1894)
The Lord of the Dynamos [short story] (1894)
The Man With A Nose (1894)
A Misunderstood Artist (1894)
The Stolen Bacillus [short story] (1894)
The Thing In No. 7 (1894)
Through a Window (1894)
The Thumbmark (1894)
The Treasure in the Forest [short story] (1894)
The Triumphs of a Taxidermist (1894)
The Argonauts of the Air (1895)
A Catastrophe (1895)
The Cone [short story] (1895)
How Pingwell Was Routed (1895)
Le Mari Terrible (1895)
The Moth (1895)
Our Little Neighbour (1895)
Pollock and the Porroh Man (1895)
The Reconciliation (1895)
The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes (1895)
The Temptation of Harringay (1895)
The Time Machine [short story] (1895)
Wayde's Essence (1895)
The Apple (1896)
In the Abyss (1896)
The Plattner Story [short story] (1896)
The Purple Pileus (1896)
The Rajah's Treasure (1896)
The Red Room [short story] (1896)
The Sea Raiders (1896)
A Slip Under the Microscope (1896)
The Story of the Late Mr Elvesham (1896)
Under the Knife (1896)
The Crystal Egg (1897)
The Ghost of Fear (1897)
The Invisible Man [short story] (1897)
The Lost Inheritance (1897)
Mr Marshall's Doppelganger (1897)
A Perfect Gentleman On Wheels (1897)
The Presence By The Fire (1897)
The Star [short story] (1897)
A Story of the Days to Come (1897)
A Story of the Stone Age (1897)
Jimmy Goggles the God (1898)
The Man Who Could Work Miracles [short story] (1898)
Miss Winchelsea's Heart (1898)
Mr Ledbetter's Vacation (1898)
The Stolen Body [short story] (1898)
Walcote (1898)
Mr Brisher's Treasure (1899)
A Vision of Judgement (1899)
A Dream of Armageddon (1901)
Filmer (1901)
Mr Skelmersdale in Fairyland (1901)
The New Accelerator [short story] (1901)
The Inexperienced Ghost [short story] (1902)
The Loyalty Of Esau Common (1902)
The Land Ironclads [short story] (1903)
The Magic Shop (1903)
The Truth About Pyecraft [short story] (1903)
Twelve Stories and a Dream [short story] (1903)
The Valley of the Spiders (1903)
The Country of the Blind [short story] (1904)
The Empire of the Ants [short story] (1905)
The Door in the Wall [short story] (1906)
The Beautiful Suit (1909)
Little Mother Up the Morderberg (1910)
My First Aeroplane (1910)
The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic (1915)
The Story of the Last Trump (1915)
The Wild Asses of the Devil (1915)
The Grisly Folk (1921)
The Pearl of Love (1924)
The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper (1932)
Answer To Prayer (1937)


Books about H G Wells
H. G. WellsArnold Bennett and H G Wells: A Record of a Personal And Literary FriendshipH. G. Wells: Critic of ProgressThe H. G. Wells Scrapbook
Shadows of the Future: H. G. Wells, Science Fiction, and ProphecyH G Wells's Perennial Time MachineH.G. Wells: Traversing Time
 
H G Wells recommends
The Dove's Nest: And Other Stories
The Dove's Nest: And Other Stories (1923)
Katherine Mansfield
"K. M.'s perfectly lovely mind has lit a whole dismal day for me."
The Best Short Stories of M P Shiel
The Best Short Stories of M P Shiel (1948)
M P Shiel
"Colossal... brilliant."



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