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H.G. Wells

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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady’s maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper’s apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher’s salary. His other "scientific romances"—The Island of Dr. Moreau... Read More

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The First Men in the Moon

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $6.99

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The First Men in the Moon

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $7.95

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The Invisible Man
A Grotesque Romance
Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $5.95

A gripping and entertaining tale of terror and suspense as well as a potent Faustian allegory of hubris and science run amok, The Invisible Man endures as one of the signature stories in the literature of science fiction. A brilliant scientist uncovers the secret to invisibility, but his grandiose dreams and... Read more >
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The Invisible Man
A Grotesque Romance
Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: August 1, 1983
Price: $4.95

A terrifying story from the author of The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. An obscure scientist invents a way to render skin, bones, and blood invisible, and tries the formula on himself. Now he can go anywhere, menace anyone--sight unseen. He has only two problems: he cannot become... Read more >
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The Invisible Man
A Grotesque Romance
Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $1.99

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $1.99

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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Written by H.G. Wells
Foreword by Peter Straub


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 14, 2002
Price: $8.95

Written in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau is one of the earliest scientific romances. An instant sensation, it was meant as a commentary on Darwin’s theory of evolution, which H. G. Wells stoutly believed. The story centers on the depraved Dr. Moreau, who conducts unspeakable animal experiments on a remote... Read more >
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The Island of Dr. Moreau

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: May 1, 1994
Price: $4.95

Modern day practices such as gene-splicing and bioengineering are foretold in H.G. Well's haunting visionary fable. After a collision between two ships in rough seas, Edward Prendick survived only to be stranded on the island of the infamous Dr. Moreau. The book created a sensation when it first appeared in 1896... Read more >
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Selected Stories of H. G. Wells

Written by H.G. Wells
Edited by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Selected Stories of H. G. Wells

Written by H.G. Wells
Edited by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00

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The Time Machine
An Invention
Written by H.G. Wells
Illustrated by W.A. Dwiggins
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $8.95

When the intrepid Time Traveller finds himself in the year 802,701, he encounters a seemingly utopian society of evolved human beings but then unearths the dark secret that sets mankind on course toward its inevitable destruction. An insightful look into a distant, bleak, and disturbing future, The Time Machine goes beyond... Read more >

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The Time Machine

Written by H.G. Wells
Adapted by Les Martin
Illustrated by John Edens


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: August 18, 1990
Price: $3.99

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The Time Machine

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1984
Price: $4.95

When the Time Traveller courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700--and everything has changed. In another, more utopian age, creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony. The Time Traveller thought he could study these marvelous beings--unearth their secret and then... Read more >

The Time Machine

Written by H.G. Wells
Adapted by Les Martin
Illustrated by John Edens


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
On Sale: March 28, 2012
Price: $3.99

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The Time Machine
An Invention
Written by H.G. Wells
Illustrated by W.A. Dwiggins
Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin


Format: eBook, 136 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $7.99

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The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: eBook, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 21, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Hardcover, 472 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $27.50

Gathered together in one hardcover volume: three timeless novels from the founding father of science fiction.

The first great novel to imagine time travel, The Time Machine (1895) follows its scientist narrator on an incredible journey that takes him finally to Earth’s last moments—and perhaps his own. The scientist who discovers how... Read more >
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The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Fawcett
On Sale: April 12, 1986
Price: $7.99

These are the original science fiction classics--the first tales of time travel and invasion from outer space. With an Introduction by Isaac Asimov. Read more >
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The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 29, 2003
Price: $7.99

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Tono-Bungay

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Andrea Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 11, 2003
Price: $13.95

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Tono-Bungay

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Andrea Barrett


Format: eBook, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Arthur C. Clarke


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 12, 2002
Price: $8.00

“No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own.” Thus begins one of the most terrifying and morally prescient science fiction novels ever penned. Beginning with... Read more >
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The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 1, 1988
Price: $5.95

H.G. Wells's science fiction classic, the first novel to explore the possibilities of intelligent life from other planets, it still startling and vivid nearly after a century after its appearance, and a half-century after Orson Wells's infamous 1938 radio adaptation. The daring portrayal of aliens landing on English soil, with its... Read more >
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The War of the Worlds

Written by H.G. Wells


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 19, 2011
Price: $4.99

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When the Sleeper Wakes

Written by H.G. Wells
Introduction by Orson Scott Card


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $12.95

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