Complete Short Stories

Complete Short Stories

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Herbert George Wells was perhaps best known as the author of such classic works of science fiction as "The Time Machine "and "War of the Worlds." But it was in his short stories, written when he was a young man embarking on a literary career, that he first explored the enormous potential of the scientific discoveries of the day. He described his stories as "a miscellany of inventions," yet his enthusiasm for science was tempered by an awareness of its horrifying destructive powers and the threat it could pose to the human race. A consummate storyteller, he made fantastic creatures and machines entirely believable, and by placing ordinary men and women in extraordinary situations, he explored, with humor, what it means to be alive in a century of rapid scientific progress. At the dawn of a new millennium, Wells' singular vision is more compelling than ever.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 896 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 43.18mm | 1,247.37g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • port.
  • 0753808722
  • 9780753808726

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Best known for classic science fiction like The Time Machine or War of the Worlds, WElls has often been described as ahead of his time. Nowhere is this more evident than in his short stories, mostly written in the 1890s when he was a young man at the beginning of his literary career. This new collection brings together every story Wells wrote, uniting the previous collections of 1927 and 1984 and including two more recently-discovered tales, 'How Gabriel Became Thomson' and 'How Pingwill Was Routed'. Wells had the great gift of writing about the fantastic in a completely credible way; his talent for characterization and narrative ensure that the reader accepts the improbable or the impossible with ease. The past's idea of the future can often seem bizarre or ludicrous, but Wells's intelligent awareness of the dangers of science and the potential threat it might pose mankind and his environment makes many of these stories seem strangely modern. Wells himself said that he'd prefer his stories to be found 'in dentists' parlours and railway trains (rather) than in gentlemen's studies', and it's clear they were written for entertainment rather than literary posterity. Keep a copy on your bedside talbe; just don't give yourself nightmares! (Kirkus UK)show more

About H. G. Wells

* #24 in the Millennium SF Masterworks series, a library of the finest science fiction ever written * 'The founding father and presiding genius of UK science fiction' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction * 'The Prospero of all the brave new worlds of the mind, and the Shakespeare of science fiction' -- Brianshow more

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