H. G. Wells

Herbert George “H.G.” Wells was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and even textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is sometimes called the father of science fiction, though the same claim is made for Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.
Wells’s earliest specialized training was in biology, and his thinking on ethical matters took place in a specifically and fundamentally Darwinian context. He was also from an early date an outspoken socialist, often sympathising with pacifist views. His later works became increasingly political and didactic, and he wrote little science fiction, while he sometimes indicated on official documents that his profession was that of journalist.
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These first real humans beings we know of in Europe appear already to have belonged to one or other of at least two very distinct races. One of these races was of a very high type indeed; it was tall and big brained. One of the women's skulls found exceeds in capacity that of the average man to-day. One of the men's skeletons is over six feet in height. The physical type resembled that of the North American Indian.... They were savages, but savages of a high order. -from "The First True Men" When H. G. Wells published this popular history of planet Earth in 1922, the highest off the surface humans had reached was seven miles, barely 37,000 feet; the best guess at the planet's age was merely "more than" 2 billion years; the beginnings of organic life on Earth were still little understood. But with all the confidence of his immense genius and wide-ranging appreciation for all things scientific, Wells presents a readable, concise survey of the state of knowledge at his time about the planet and human presence upon it. Wells asks that you read this hefty 1922 work-adapted from his two-volume Outline of History, published in 1920-"straightforwardly almost as a novel is read," and indeed, this story of Earth, from its very formation and the first appearance of homo sapiens through the Russian Revolution and the reconstruction after World War I, reads like the most thrilling adventure story ever told. Though it has been factually supplanted by scholarship that came after it, this remains an engaging history, a classic of science fact from one of the fathers of modern science fiction. British author HERBERT GEORGE WELLS (1866-1946) is best known for his groundbreaking science fiction novels TheTime Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Widely regarded as the father of science fiction, H. G. Wells was also a prolific author of history, politics and social commentary, whose works from an early date were renowned for their outspoken socialist views. This comprehensive eBook presents the most complete edition of Wells’ works possible in the US, with numerous illustrations, rare novels and tales, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 7)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Wells’ life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 32 novels in the US public domain, with individual contents tables
* Rare novels appearing for the first time in digital print
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* All of the short stories – including rare tales available in no other collection
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the short stories
* Easily locate the short stories you want to read
* Includes a wide selection of Wells’ non-fiction - spend hours exploring the author’s varied works
* Special criticism essay, evaluating Wells’ contribution to literature
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* UPDATED with rare novels and many improvements (Major update)

Please note: due to US copyright restrictions, post-1922 works cannot appear in this edition. When new texts become available in your public domain, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
THE TIME MACHINE
THE WONDERFUL VISIT
THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU
THE WHEELS OF CHANCE
THE INVISIBLE MAN
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
WHEN THE SLEEPER WAKES
LOVE AND MR. LEWISHAM
THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
THE SEA LADY
THE FOOD OF THE GODS AND HOW IT CAME TO EARTH
KIPPS
A MODERN UTOPIA
IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET
THE WAR IN THE AIR
TONO-BUNGAY
ANN VERONICA
THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY
THE SLEEPER AWAKES
THE NEW MACHIAVELLI
MARRIAGE
THE PASSIONATE FRIENDS
THE WIFE OF SIR ISAAC HARMAN
THE WORLD SET FREE
BEALBY: A HOLIDAY
BOON
THE RESEARCH MAGNIFICENT
MR. BRITLING SEES IT THROUGH
THE SOUL OF A BISHOP
JOAN AND PETER: THE STORY OF AN EDUCATION
THE UNDYING FIRE
THE SECRET PLACES OF THE HEART

The Short Story Collections
THE EARLY SHORT STORIES
SELECT CONVERSATIONS WITH AN UNCLE
THE STOLEN BACILLUS AND OTHER INCIDENTS
THE PLATTNER STORY AND OTHERS
TALES OF SPACE AND TIME
TWELVE STORIES AND A DREAM
THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND AND OTHER STORIES
THE DOOR IN THE WALL AND OTHER STORIES
UNCOLLECTED SHORT STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Selected Non-Fiction
TEXT-BOOK OF BIOLOGY
CERTAIN PERSONAL MATTERS
ANTICIPATIONS OF THE REACTIONS OF MECHANICAL AND SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS UPON HUMAN LIFE AND THOUGHT
THE DISCOVERY OF THE FUTURE
PREFACE TO ‘Underground Man by Gabriel Tarde’
MANKIND IN THE MAKING
THE FUTURE IN AMERICA
THIS MISERY OF BOOTS
NEW WORLDS FOR OLD
FIRST AND LAST THINGS
FLOOR GAMES
LITTLE WARS
THE WAR THAT WILL END WAR
AN ENGLISHMAN LOOKS AT THE WORLD
WHAT IS COMING?
THE ELEMENTS OF RECONSTRUCTION
INTRODUCTION TO ‘Nocturne by Frank Swinnerton’
INTRODUCTION TO ‘The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger’
GOD THE INVISIBLE KING
WAR AND THE FUTURE
IN THE FOURTH YEAR
THE IDEA OF A LEAGUE OF NATIONS
THE OUTLINE OF HISTORY
RUSSIA IN THE SHADOWS
THE SALVAGING OF CIVILIZATION
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WORLD
WASHINGTON AND THE HOPE OF PEACE

The Criticism
H. G. WELLS by J. D. Beresford
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