H. G. Wells

The son of a professional cricketer and a lady's maid, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist's assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best remembered for his groundbreaking science fiction novels, including The Time MachineThe War of the WorldsThe Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau, Wells also wrote extensively on politics and social matters and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of his day. 

“Wells stood by his literary guns. . . . Vividly alive, amazingly pertinent, sometimes unnervingly prescient, as haunting as nightmares or as bright unrecallable dreams.” —Ursula K. Le Guin

“[His stories are] as vivid as any created in our language. . . . Wells opened up the modern novel in a way still not completely recognized.” —The New York Times

“The minds of all of us, and therefore the physical world, would be perceptibly different if Wells never existed.” —George Orwell

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