Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine (1888), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The War of the Worlds (1897), The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (1897) and The First Men in the Moon (1900-01). He was a prolific writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and produced works in many different genres, including contemporary novels, history, and social commentary. He was also an outspoken socialist. His later works become increasingly political and didactic, and only his early science fiction novels are widely read today. Wells is sometimes referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". Among his most famous works are: Ann Veronica: A Modern Love Story (1909), The History of Mr. Polly (1910), The Country of the Blind and Other Stories (1911), An Englishman Looks at the World (1914), God the Invisible King (1917) and In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace (1918).
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Often called the father of science fiction, British author Herbert George (H. G.) Wells literary works are notable for being some of the first titles of the science fiction genre, and include such famed titles as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Invisible Man. Despite being fixedly associated with science fiction, Wells wrote extensively in other genres and on many subjects, including history, society and politics, and was heavily influenced by Darwinism. His first book, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress Upon Human Life and Thought, offered predictions about what technology and society would look like in the year 2000, many of which have proven accurate. Wells went on to pen over fifty novels, numerous non-fiction books, and dozens of short stories. His legacy has had an overwhelming influence on science fiction, popular culture, and even on technological and scientific innovation. Wells died in 1946 at the age of 79.
Peter Joyce has worked at Manchester Metropolitan University since 1980 and is currently the Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. He has written widely in the areas of Politics and Criminology.
Kipps is a mostly unexciting rags-to-riches to rags tale, circa 1870 England, whose title character moves from apprenticeship to a luxury he neither fits nor enjoys and then back to relative poverty, courtesy of an unexpected inheritance and, later, an unexpected embezzlement. But it's hard to stay engaged with Kipps and the longish descriptions of his problems and feelings. Reader Sam Kelly, however, deserves mostly favorable attention. He varies difficult dialects well, and differentiates among characters, but is occasionally hard to understand. Still, this will satisfy those willing to stay the sometimes tedious course. T.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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