Herbert George Wells, 1866-1946

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Biographical note

English novelist and social commentator, chiefly known as a founder of the science fiction genre.

His early novels, called "scientific romances", invented a number of themes now classic in science fiction in such works as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds and are often thought of as being influenced by the works of Jules Verne. He also wrote other, non-fantastic novels which have received critical acclaim, including the satire on Edwardian advertising Tono-Bungay and Kipps.

Wells also wrote non-fiction. His classic two-volume work The Outline of History [1920] set a new standard and direction for popularised scholarship.

Works

Speculative Fiction

Other Fiction

Short story collections

  • The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents [1895]
    The Stolen Bacillus — The Flowering of the Strange Orchid — In the Avu Observatory — The Triumphs of a Taxidermist — A Deal in Ostriches — Through a Window — The Temptation of Harringay — The Flying Man — The Diamond Maker — Aepyornis Island — The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes — The Lord of the Dynamos — The Hammerpond Park Burglary — A Moth—Genus Novo — The Treasure in the Forest
  • The Plattner Story and others [1897]
    The Plattner Story — The Argonauts of the Air — The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham — In the Abyss — The Apple — Under the Knife — The Sea Raiders — Pollock and the Porroh Man — The Red Room — The Cone — The Purple Pileus — The Jilting of Jane — In the Modern Vein: An Unsympathetic Love Story — A Catastrophe — The Lost Inheritance — The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic — A Slip Under the Microscope
  • Tales of Space and Time [1899]
    The Crystal Egg — The Star — A Story of the Stone Age — A Story of the Days To Come — The Man Who Could Work Miracles
  • Twelve Stories and a Dream [1903]
    Filmer — The Magic Shop — The Valley of Spiders — The Truth About Pyecraft — Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland — The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost — Jimmy Goggles the God — The New Accelerator — Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation — the Stolen Body — Mr. Brisher’s Treasure — Miss Winchelsea’s Heart — A Dream of Armageddon
  • The Door in the Wall, and other stories [1911]
    The Door in the Wall — The Star — A Dream of Armageddon — The Cone — A Moonlight Fable — The Diamond Maker — The Lord of the Dynamos — The Country of the Blind
  • The Country of the Blind, and other stories [1911]
    “The Jilting of Jane” — “The Cone” — “The Stolen Bacillus” — “The Flowering of the Strange Orchid” — “In the Avu Observatory” — “Æpyornis Island” — “The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes” — “The Lord of the Dynamos” — “The Moth” — “The Treasure in the Forest” — “The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham” — “Under the Knife” — “The Sea Raiders” — “The Obliterated Man” — “The Plattner Story” — “The Red Room” — “The Purple Pileus” — “A Slip Under the Microscope” — “The Crystal Egg” — “The Star” — “The Man Who Could Work Miracles” — “A Vision of Judgment” — “Jimmy Goggles the God” — “Miss Winchelsea's Heart” — “A Dream of Armageddon” — “The Valley of Spiders” — “The New Accelerator” — “The Truth About Pyecraft” — “The Magic Shop” — “The Empire of the Ants” — “The Door in the Wall” — “The Country of the Blind” — “The Beautiful Suit”

Short stories

  1. A Family Elopement [1884]
  2. A Tale of the Twentieth Century [1887]
  3. A Talk with Gryllotalpa [1887] – published under the pseudonym Septimus Browne
  4. A Vision of the Past [1887]
  5. The Chronic Argonauts [1888]
  6. The Devotee of Art [1888]
  7. The Flying Man [Pall Mall Gazette, December 1893]
  8. The Final Men [1894]
  9. The Triumphs of a Taxidermist [Pall Mall Gazette, 3 March 1894]
  10. The Stolen Bacillus [Pall Mall Budget, 21 June 1894]
  11. The Hammerpond Park Burglary [Pall Mall Budget, 5 July 1894]
  12. The Jilting of Jane [Pall Mall Budget, 12 July 1894]
  13. The Flowering of the Strange Orchid [aka The Strange Orchid] [Pall Mall Budget, 2 August 1894]
  14. In the Avu Observatory [Pall Mall Budget, 9 August 1894]
  15. The Diamond Maker [Pall Mall Budget, 16 August 1894]
  16. The Treasure in the Forest [Pall Mall Budget, 23 August 1894]
  17. Through a Window [Black and White, 25 August 1894]
  18. The Lord of the Dynamos [Pall Mall Budget, 6 September 1894]
  19. A Deal in Ostriches [Pall Mall Budget, 20 December 1894]
  20. Æpyornis Island [Pall Mall Budget, 27 December 1894]
  21. In the Modern Vein: an unsympathetic love story [aka A Bardlet's Romance] [1894]
  22. How Gabriel Became Thompson [1894]
  23. The Man With a Nose [1894]
  24. A Misunderstood Artist [1894]
  25. The Thing in No. 7 [1894]
  26. The Thumbmark [1894]
  27. The Triumphs of a Taxidermist [1894]
  28. The Temptation of Harringay [The St. James’s Gazette, 9 February 1895]
  29. The Moth [aka A Moth - Genus Novo] [Pall Mall Gazette, 28 March 1895]
  30. The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes [aka The Story of Davidson's Eyes] [Pall Mall Budget, 28 March 1895]
  31. The Cone [Unicorn, 18 September 1895]
  32. How Pingwell Was Routed [1895]
  33. Le Mari Terrible [1895]
  34. Our Little Neighbour [1895]
  35. The Reconciliation [1895]
  36. The Argonauts of the Air [1895]
  37. Pollock and the Porroh Man [1895]
  38. A Catastrophe [1895]
  39. The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic [New Budget, 15 August 1895]
  40. The Temptation of Harringay [1895]
  41. Wayde's Essence [1895]
  42. In the Abyss [1896]
  43. The Apple [1896]
  44. The Rajah's Treasure [1896]
  45. Under the Knife [aka Slip Under the Knife] [The New Review, January 1896]
  46. A Slip Under the Microscope [The Yellow Book, January 1896]
  47. The Red Room [The Idler, March 1896]
  48. The Plattner Story [The New Review, April 1896]
  49. The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham [The Idler, May 1896]
  50. The Purple Pileus [Black and White, December 1896]
  51. The Sea Raiders [The Weekly Sun Literary Supplement, 6 December 1896]
  52. The Crystal Egg [The New Review, May 1897]
  53. A Story of the Stone Age [The Idler, May-September 1897]
  54. A Story of the Days To Come [The Pall Mall Magazine, June-October 1897]
  55. The Star [The Graphic, December, 1897]
  56. The Lost Inheritance [1897]
  57. Le Mari Terrible [1897]
  58. The Ghost of Fear [1897]
  59. Mr Marshall's Doppelganger [1897]
  60. A Perfect Gentleman on Wheels [1897]
  61. The Presence by the Fire [1897]
  62. Walcote [1898]
  63. The Man Who Could Work Miracles [Illustrated London News, July 1898]
  64. A Vision of Judgment [Butterfly, September 1899]
  65. Jimmy Goggles the God [The Graphic, December 1898]
  66. Miss Winchelsea’s Heart [The Queen, October 1898]
  67. Mr. Ledbetter’s Vacation [1898]
  68. The Stolen Body [1898]
  69. Mr. Brisher’s Treasure [1899]
  70. Filmer [1901]
  71. A Dream of Armageddon [Black and White, May/June 1901]
  72. The New Accelerator [The Strand, December 1901]
  73. The Loyalty of Esau Common [1902]
  74. The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost [1902]
  75. Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland [1903]
  76. The Land Ironclads [1903]
  77. The Valley of the Spiders [Pearson’s Magazine, March 1903]
  78. The Truth About Pyecraft [The Strand, April 1903]
  79. The Magic Shop [The Strand, June 1903]
  80. The Country of the Blind [The Strand, April 1904]
  81. The Empire of the Ants [The Strand, December 1905]
  82. The Door in the Wall [The Daily Chronicle, 14 July 1906]
  83. The Beautiful Suit [aka A Moonlight Fable] [Colliers, 10 April 1909]
  84. Little Mother up the Morderberg [1910]
  85. My First Aeroplane [1910]
  86. The Obliterated Man [1911, New Budget, 15 August 1895 as The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic]
  87. The Story of the Last Trump [1915]
  88. The Wild Asses of the Devil [1915]
  89. Peter Learns Arithmetic [1918]
  90. The Grisly Folk [1921]
  91. The Pearl of Love [1924]
  92. The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper [1932]
  93. Answer to Prayer [1937]
  94. The Country of the Blind [revised] [1939]

Non-Fiction

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