HG Wells Classic Collection I

HG Wells Classic Collection I

This collection includes The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Invisible Man - all collected in a stunning leather-bound omnibus.Five of the best science fiction novels by the Grandfather of Science Fiction: unsurpassed in their time capacity to thrill and transfix, these are tales that reach to the heart of human ambition, fear, intelligence and hope.The Time Machine was Wells' first major piece of fiction: a haunting vision of a far future earth orbiting a sun cooling to extinction.The War of the Worlds: still considered by many to be the best novel of alien invasion ever writtenThe Island of Doctor Moreau: with its terrible creation The House of Pain, this tale anticipated our terror of genetic engineering.The Invisible Man: the classic study of scientific hubris.The First Men in the Moon: a Scientific Romance, a fantastical voyage a dystopian nightmare revealed.

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This volume brings together some of Wells most famous and influential stories: The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of The Worlds, The First Men in The Moon and The Invisible Man. The stories, themselves, have very different elements, some are adventures, some are horror, some are satire, although they all are, very clearly, amongst the origins of the modern science fiction genre. Building upon any of his worlds is very tempting indeed, as one of his strengths is the way he almost always manages to give the reader a sense there are many things going on off page, and that what we are reading is just one possible account of the events, sometimes not even very trustworthy (as in the case of The First Men in The Moon). In fact, one of the few things that most often managed to spoil my enjoyment reading these stories was that so many of their key points have become well known to modern audiences, reducing the impact of some revelations and hints. While reading I found no matter how dark or moody the story might be he always found a way of sneaking in, at least, some surreptitious line or reference at the expense of himself, other authors (Verne himself is slightly spoofed in The First Men in the Moon), his own characters, the situation itself, or, in one infamous case (in The War of The Worlds), the man who was hired by the publisher to do the illustrations.

For example, while we might think it would be amazing to be invisible, Wells shows the various difficulties in being invisible in the story The Invisible Man. The Time Machine did a fantastic job hypothesizing the good and the pitfalls of time travel and the distant future. The Island of Dr. Moreau was an interesting story about the bestiality in men and the humanity in animals. Wells explores what alien life could look like, their effect on earth, and the earths effect on them.

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Even disregarding whatever errors might have cropped up in these stories (none come to mind, but since they were written long ago, it is likely that some of the science is dated), all of the science presented has proved relevant in some way: some of the aforementioned ideas have actually come true (travel to the moon, genetic engineering), some are becoming increasingly relevant (time travel, in our understanding in theory rather than in practice; technology to render things invisible), and all reflect universal themes of humanity.

G. Wells Classic Collection I" brings together five of his best-known science fiction novels, filled with weird occurrences, time travel, "science" potions" and bizarre alien creatures. "The War of the Worlds" takes place when the narrator finds a bizarre metal spaceship, filled with enormous tentacled Martians -- and soon they're decimating the army with their heat rays and tripodal fighting machines. A future "dying earth," time machines, strange elixirs, a strange world on the moon, genetic engineering and even aliens invading the Earth -- H.G. Wells came up with a lot of the ideas that are now pretty common in science fiction. G. Wells Classic Collection I." It's bleak, brilliant sci-fi that needs to be read to be believed -- and even if the science has been disproved, it's still thrilling.

Wells earned a government scholarship in 1884, to study biology under Thomas Henry Huxley at the Normal School of Science. 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 used his international fame to promote his favorite causes, including the prevention of war, and was received by government officials around the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells

  • English

  • Science Fiction

  • Rating: 4.23
  • Pages: 640
  • Publish Date: November 3rd 2010 by Orion
  • Isbn10: 0575095202
  • Isbn13: 9780575095205