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About the Author: H.G. Wells

In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. Wells earned his bachelor of science and doctor of science degrees at the University of London. After marrying his cousin, Isabel, Wells began to supplement his teaching salary with short stories and freelance articles, then books, including The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).

Wells created a mild scandal when he divorced his cousin to marry one of his best students, Amy Catherine Robbins. Although his second marriage was lasting and produced two sons, Wells was an unabashed advocate of free (as opposed to "indiscriminate") love. He continued to openly have extra-marital liaisons, most famously with Margaret Sanger, and a ten-year relationship with the author Rebecca West, who had one of his two out-of-wedlock children. A one-time member of the Fabian Society, Wells sought active change. His 100 books included many novels, as well as nonfiction, such as A Modern Utopia (1905), The Outline of History (1920), A Short History of the World (1922), The Shape of Things to Come (1933), and The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind (1932). One of his booklets was Crux Ansata, An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. Although Wells toyed briefly with the idea of a "divine will" in his book, God the Invisible King (1917), it was a temporary aberration. Wells used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. He is best-remembered as an early writer of science fiction and futurism.

He was also an outspoken socialist. Wells and Jules Verne are each sometimes referred to as "The Fathers of Science Fiction". D. 1946.

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Paperback, Published in Jun 2008 by Phoenix Pick

ISBN10: 1604502479 | ISBN13: 9781604502473

Page count: 108

"The Time Machine" is considered by many to be one of the finest works of English fiction. This highly entertaining novella has had an enormous influence on English fiction in general and science fiction in particular. Even the term 'The Time Machine' (coined by Wells) is now used universally to refer to hypothetical machines capable of time travel. ***** An unnamed observer is the narrator of the story about the time traveler who uses his machine to travel to the future. The narrator relates the time traveler's adventures as told to him by the traveler upon his return. It includes travels to far distant futures and meetings with strange adaptations of humans like the Eloi and the Morlocks. The book contains a wealth of fascinating ideas and theories, many of which are still discussed today. ***** This edition includes an afterward by Dr. Paul Cook, a science fiction writer and a member of the English faculty at Arizona State University.

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