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    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells(Author)

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Often called the father of science fiction, British author Herbert George (H. G.) Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre, and include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man. Despite being fixedly associated with science fiction, Wells wrote extensively in other genres and on many subjects, including history, society and politics, and was heavily influenced by Darwinism. His first book, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, offered predictions about what technology and society would look like in the year 2000, many of which have proven accurate. Wells went on to pen over fifty novels, numerous non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His legacy has had an overwhelming influence on science fiction, popular culture, and even on technological and scientific innovation. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Dave_42 on 30 August 2011

    H. G. Wells published "Select Conversations With An Uncle (Now Extinct) And Two Other Reminiscences" is a collection of 14 pieces of short fiction in June of 1895, supposedly just one day prior to "The Time Machine" and before "The Wonderful Visit" (September), and "The Stolen Bacillus" (November) which appeared later in the same year. Wells did have two non-fiction books published prior to this one, but this was his first book of fictional stories, though "The Time Machine" was based on an earlier work called "The Chronic Argonauts" which he wrote in school. The stories had previously been published in "The Pall Mall Gazette between 1893 and 1894.These stories are short mildly humorous works mostly concerning an uncle and his observations on the state of things. They cover fashion, ideals, being photographed, music, being engaged, being in love, being married, and other topics, each being handled as a conversation between the narrator and his uncle. Also included are two other works of short fiction. Though there are 14 stories in all, they are all very short and it does not take much time to read through the entire collection.Wells is of course known for his works of science fiction which helped to create the genre which is so well known today. However, Wells was quite capable of writing other types of works, and this collection of short fiction is a good example of his early style. I don't want to give the impression that this is a lost treasure. This work is interesting because it was written by Wells, and there is good reason why it is not one of his better known works, and had it been written by another it would have little interest at all. It is not that it is a bad work, but rather that it is an unexceptional work. This is recommended for those who are interested in H. G. Wells and his development as an author.

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