H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is best known for his science fiction novels such as 'The War of the Worlds', 'The Time Machine', 'The Invisible Man', and 'The Island of Doctor Moreau'.


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  1. 1. The Time Machine

    A Victorian-era scientist invents a machine that allows him to travel through time. He first journeys to the year 802,701 A.D., where he encounters the Eloi, a society of small, elegant, childlike adults who live in harmony but lack curiosity and drive. He later discovers the Morlocks, a nocturnal, subterranean species who prey on the Eloi. After rescuing an Eloi named Weena, the protagonist loses his time machine and must devise a plan to recover it and return to his own time, all while exploring the social and evolutionary implications of the two distinct societies.

    The 174th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. War of the Worlds

    This classic science fiction novel tells the story of a Martian invasion of Earth, as experienced by an unnamed protagonist and his brother. The Martians, who are technologically far superior to humans, cause widespread devastation with their heat-ray weapons and towering tripods. Despite humanity's best efforts to resist, they seem unstoppable. The novel is a commentary on British imperialism and explores themes of human survival and evolution.

    The 221st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Island of Doctor Moreau

    A shipwrecked man finds himself on an isolated island run by a mad scientist who has been conducting disturbing experiments, transforming animals into human-like beings through vivisection. The man must navigate this horrifying new reality while trying to maintain his own humanity and sanity, in a world where the line between beast and man is blurred. The narrative is a chilling exploration of the nature of humanity, the ethics of science, and the dangers of playing God.

    The 538th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The History of Mr. Polly

    "The History of Mr. Polly" is a comedic novel that tells the story of Alfred Polly, a man dissatisfied with his life and marriage. After faking his death in a fire, he leaves his wife and shop behind to start a new life. He eventually finds peace and contentment working as an assistant to a man who runs a country inn. The book explores themes of self-discovery, the struggle against societal expectations, and the pursuit of happiness.

    The 1138th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Invisible Man

    The book is a gripping science fiction tale about a scientist who discovers a way to make himself invisible. However, the inability to reverse the process leads him into madness and terror. The narrative explores themes of alienation, social responsibility, and the moral implications of scientific advancement. The invisible man's struggle with his condition and society's reaction to his invisibility serve as a critique of humanity's fear and misunderstanding of the unknown.

    The 1538th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Tono Bungay

    This novel is a satirical narrative that delves into the life of George Ponderevo, who is swept into the world of late Victorian commerce and invention through his uncle's creation of a questionable medicine, Tono-Bungay. The story, narrated by George himself, explores themes of ambition, social climbing, and the hollow nature of financial success. As George rises to wealth through the marketing of this essentially worthless tonic, the novel critiques the capitalist society that enables such dubious enterprises to flourish. Through its exploration of personal and societal moral dilemmas, the narrative presents a vivid depiction of the era's social stratifications and the illusions of grandeur that often accompany the pursuit of wealth.

    The 1967th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The First Men In The Moon

    "The First Men In The Moon" is a science fiction novel that follows two adventurers, a businessman and a scientist, who build a spaceship and travel to the moon. Once there, they encounter a strange civilization of insect-like creatures called Selenites and become embroiled in a dangerous and thrilling adventure as they try to survive and find a way back to Earth. The story explores themes of exploration, colonialism, and the limits of human knowledge, all within Wells' imaginative and thought-provoking narrative.

    The 4899th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells

    This book is a collection of the best science fiction stories by a renowned British author, known for his pioneering work in the genre. The anthology contains a variety of tales that explore themes such as time travel, alien invasion, evolution, and dystopian futures. The author's vivid imagination, combined with his scientific knowledge, results in stories that are both fantastical and eerily plausible, solidifying his status as a master of science fiction.

    The 5099th Greatest Book of All Time