Category Archives: H. G. Wells

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Dr. Moreau and the Art of Storytelling

Reading H. G. Wells’ Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) I am reminded that the best novelists are good storytellers. Everything else is secondary, even style. This is true of the occasionally heavy prose of Cooper, Dickens and Melville. The bottom line is that they … Continue reading

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The Life and Liberties of H.G. Wells

I recently checked out a copy of Michael Coren’s The Invisible Man: Life and Liberties of H.G. Wells. It is one of the best modern literary biographies (though unfortunately out of print) and was the basis of an article I … Continue reading

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