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H.G. Wells

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 Rights of Man
Written by H.G. Wells
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 21, 2017
$10.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43234-0 (0-525-43234-5)

H. G. Wells’s passionate and influential manifesto—never before available in the United States—was first published in England in 1940 in response to World War I. The progressive ideas Wells set out were instrumental in the creation of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, and... Read more






The Time Machine
Written by H.G. Wells
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 21, 2017
$10.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-525-43235-7 (0-525-43235-3)

The first great novel to imagine time travel, H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895) follows its narrator on an incredible journey that takes him eventually to the earth’s last moments. When a Victorian scientist invents a machine that allows him to travel to the year A.D. 802,701, he encounters a... Read more






The Time Machine
Written by H.G. Wells, Afterword by Simon James, Introduction by Greg Baer
Signet | Paperback | November 2014
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-47070-6 (0-451-47070-2)

The revolutionary novel that catapulted readers into the future, from the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells. 

“I’ve had a most amazing time...”
 
So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey eight hundred thousand years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H. G. Wells’s successful career. With... Read more






The Island of Dr. Moreau
Written by H.G. Wells and Dr. John L. Flynn, Introduction by Dr. Nita A. Farahany
Signet | Paperback | June 2014
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-46866-6 (0-451-46866-X)

A cautionary tale of the horrors that can ensue when man experiments with nature, from the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells.  

A lonely island in the Pacific. The sinister scientist who rules it. And the strange beings who dwell there…


This is the scenario for H. G. Wells’s haunting classic... Read more






The Invisible Man
Written by H.G. Wells, Afterword by Scott Westerfeld, Introduction by W. Warren Wagar
Signet | Paperback | October 2010
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53167-4 (0-451-53167-1)

From the twentieth century's first great practitioner of the novel of ideas comes a consummate masterpiece of science fiction about a man trapped in the terror of his own creation.

A stranger emerges out of a freezing February day with a request for lodging in a cozy provincial inn. Who is this... Read more






The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds
Written by H.G. Wells, Introduction by Margaret Drabble
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | August 2010
$27.50/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-59384-9 (0-307-59384-3)

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






The Country of the Blind and Other Stories
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Neil Gaiman, Noted by Andy Sawyer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2007
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144198-6 (0-14-144198-4)

The early short stories of an essential 20th century literary personage

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... Read more






The Time Machine / The Invisible Man
Written by H.G. Wells, Afterword by Paul Youngquist, Introduction by John Calvin Batchelor
Signet | Paperback | October 2007
$6.95/8.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53070-7 (0-451-53070-5)

Together in one indispensable volume, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man are masterpieces of irony and imaginative vision from H. G. Wells, the father of science fiction.

The Time Machine conveys the Time Traveller into the distant future and an extraordinary world. There, stranded on a slowly dying Earth, he discovers... Read more






The War of the Worlds
Written by H.G. Wells, Afterword by Isaac Asimov, Introduction by Karl Kroeber
Signet | Paperback | September 2007
$5.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53065-3 (0-451-53065-9)

The ultimate science fiction classic

For more than one hundred years this compelling tale of the Martian invasion of Earth has enthralled readers with a combination of imagination and incisive commentary on the imbalance of power that continues to be relevant today Read more






A Short History of the World
Written by H.G. Wells
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2007
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144182-5 (0-14-144182-8)

Of the more than one hundred books that H. G. Wells published in his lifetime, this is one of the most ambitious. Spanning the origins of the Earth to the outcome of World War I, A Short History of the World is an engrossing account of the evolution of life and... Read more






The War in the Air
Written by H.G. Wells
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2007
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144130-6 (0-14-144130-5)

A cornerstone of early science fiction and a haunting image of world war

Following the development of massive airships, naïve Londoner Bert Smallways becomes accidentally involved in a German plot to invade America by air and reduce New York to rubble. But although bombers devastate the city, they cannot overwhelm the country... Read more






The New Machiavelli
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Simon James, Introduction by Michael Foot, Noted by John Partington
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2006
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143999-0 (0-14-143999-8)

Well's vivid and unfailingly candid account of the damage wrought by a scandalous society affair and the overwhelming power of passion

A successful author and Liberal MP with a loving and benevolent wife, Richard Remington appears to be a man to envy. But underneath his superficial contentment, he is far from happy... Read more






A Modern Utopia
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Gregory Claeys, Introduction by Francis Wheen, Noted by Gregory Claeys
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144112-2 (0-14-144112-7)

In A Modern Utopia, two travelers fall into a space-warp and suddenly find themselves upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global... Read more






The Shape of Things to Come
Written by H.G. Wells, Introduction by John Clute
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144104-7 (0-14-144104-6)

The Shape of Things to Come tells of an intellectual who dies and leaves behind a "dream book" inspired by visions that are remarkably prescient.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a... Read more






The Sleeper Awakes
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Patrick Parrinder, Noted by Andy Sawyer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144106-1 (0-14-144106-2)

A fascinating and prescient account of a future dominated by capitalist greed and mechanical force

A troubled insomniac in 1890s England falls suddenly into a sleep-like trance, from which he does not awake for over two hundred years. During his centuries of slumber, however, investments are made that make him the richest... Read more






The History of Mr Polly
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Simon James, Introduction by John Sutherland, Noted by John Sutherland and Simon James
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$12.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144107-8 (0-14-144107-0)

Well's brilliant social novel, ranked #39 on The Guardian's list of 100 Best Novels

Mr Polly is an ordinary middle-aged man who is tired of his wife's nagging and his dreary job as the owner of a regional gentleman's outfitters. Faced with the threat of bankruptcy, he concludes that the only way... Read more






Kipps
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Simon James, Introduction by David Lodge, Noted by Simon James
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2005
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144110-8 (0-14-144110-0)

A hilarious tale of one man’s struggle for self improvement and a witty satire of pretension

Orphaned at an early age, raised by his aunt and uncle, and apprenticed for seven years to a draper, Artie Kipps is stunned to discover upon reading a newspaper advertisement that he is the grandson of... Read more






The First Men in the Moon
Written by H.G. Wells, Introduction by China Miéville and Patrick Parrinder, Noted by Steve McLean
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144108-5 (0-14-144108-9)

When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to the Kent coast to write a play, he meets by chance the brilliant Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist on the brink of developing a material that blocks gravity. Cavor soon succeeds in his experiments, only to tell a stunned Bedford the invention makes possible... Read more






The Invisible Man
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Christopher Priest, Noted by Andy Sawyer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2005
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143998-3 (0-14-143998-X)

Depicting one man's transformation and descent into brutality, H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man is a riveting exploration of science's power to corrupt

With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin - the new guest at The Coach and Horses -... Read more






The Island of Dr Moreau
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Margaret Atwood, Noted by Steve Maclean
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2005
$10.00/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-144102-3 (0-14-144102-X)

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo—a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an... Read more






Tono-Bungay
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Edward Mendelson, Noted by Edward Mendelson
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2005
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144111-5 (0-14-144111-9)

One of the greatest of all satires of the power of advertising and the modern press

Presented as a miraculous cure-all, Tono-Bungay is in fact nothing other than a pleasant-tasting liquid with no positive effects. Nonetheless, when the young George Ponderevo is employed by his Uncle Edward to help market this ineffective... Read more






The Time Machine
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Marina Warner, Noted by Steve Maclean
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143997-6 (0-14-143997-1)

Wells's genre-defining novel of time travel

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year a.d. 802,701, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment, and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that these beautiful people... Read more






The War of the Worlds
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Patrick Parrinder, Introduction by Brian Aldiss, Noted by Andy Sawyer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-144103-0 (0-14-144103-8)

The first modern tale of alien invasion, H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds remains one of the most influential science fiction novels ever published.

The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naïve locals... Read more






Selected Stories of H. G. Wells
Written by H.G. Wells, Edited by Ursula K. Le Guin
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2004
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7075-3 (0-8129-7075-6)

Le Guin's selection of twenty-six stories showcases Well's genius and reintroduces readers to his singular talent for making the unbelievable seem utterly plausible. Read more






When the Sleeper Wakes
Written by H.G. Wells, Introduction by Orson Scott Card
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$12.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7000-5 (0-8129-7000-4)

Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place... Read more





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