Category Archives: H. G. Wells

The Disappointed Futurist

A hundred years ago, the British author H. G. Wells was a prominent social prognosticator. Today his theoretical views are largely neglected. This is the lament of a new biography by Sarah Cole, discussed in the Wall Street Journal. Cole’s … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Literature

Secondhand Meditations

In a recent essay Theodore Dalrymple chronicles the decline of cigarette smoking. Although a couple generations behind him, I saw plenty of ashtrays growing up. Some offices still permitted smoking while I worked summers as a college student. Although I … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Culture, H. G. Wells, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Theodore Dalrymple

The Rules of the Game

A few years ago I commented on H. G. Wells’ Little Wars, a game to “be played by boys of every age from twelve to one hundred and fifty [and] by girls of the better sort, and by a few … Continue reading

Posted in H. G. Wells

The Time Traveller’s Prophecy

H. G. Wells’ novel The Time Machine, published in 1895, is more than a piece of highly entertaining fiction. It is also an interesting and important contribution to the canon of dystopian literature. Even before Wells, there was a tendency … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, H. G. Wells, Literature

Of Martians and Men

Over the years I have a commented on many of H. G. Wells’ tales. In this post I want to profile his greatest work, The War of the Worlds (1898). I first encountered the novel around the age of twelve … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, H. G. Wells, Literature

H. G. Wells’ Utopia on Film

Before the new epoch in science fiction films was ushered in by George Lucas’ Star Wars, it was the 1936 futurist extravaganza Things to Come that captured my boyhood imagination. Thanks to the Criterion Collection’s 2013 release, viewers can now see … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Culture, H. G. Wells, Politics

A Prophecy of the Great War

H. G. Wells’ 1903 short story “The Land Ironclads” is considered a visionary tale about the use of (then imaginary) tanks in combat. But I think many readers have overlooked the equally prophetic details about the world war which would … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, H. G. Wells, History, Literature

H. G. Wells’ Contrarian Vision

The discussion of H. G. Wells by Anthony West (H. G. Wells, Twentieth Century Views, ed. Bernard Bergonzi, 1976) is interesting on many levels. As the illegitimate son of Wells and Rebecca West, the author offers some rare biographical touches. … Continue reading

Posted in Fiction, H. G. Wells, Literature, Philosophy

Little Wars Revisited

In middle school I found a library copy of H. G. Wells’ delightful and whimsical guide to miniature war gaming called Little Wars. The original edition came out in 1913. I doubt the library still has it. A lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Culture, H. G. Wells

Three Novels: Wells, Chesterton and Baring

Personally I only like pleasurable easy books which tickle my interest, or those which console me and counsel me how to control my life and death.—Montaigne I often discuss the latter kind of book; now I will look at the … Continue reading

Posted in H. G. Wells, Literature