H.G. Wells

        H.G. Wells

Herbert George Wells was born in 1866, way in the middle of the 19th century, but he began living in the 20th, or in the even later Nth, before he was much more than 20 years old himself.

The way he got there was the way so many of us who came afterwards did, by writing stories about things that had never happened or at least haven’t happened yet — that is, what is generally called science fiction.

He didn’t just write it now and then, either, but made it his practice to seek new kinds of science-fiction stories to tell. Such subjects as time travel, interplanetary war, personal invisibility, giving dumb beasts language and bringing idyllic world peace to the human race were all his own until he shared them with other, lesser writers and thus enriched the whole field of literature.


  1. Barry Traylor says:

    And the amazing thing about H.G. Wells is that his work is still so readable in the 21st century.

  2. B. Morris Allen says:

    I picked up Well’s novel *Ann Veronica* a while back (a then-contemporary romance), and was reminded what a good writer he really was. I followed up with *In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace* (a political piece with ups and downs), and was surprised to find a very lucid and still-relevant description of the single-transferable vote – something most places still haven’t gotten around to adopting.