The Complete Short Stories of H.G. Wells

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J.M. Dent, 1998 - 883 pagine
The first one-volume edition of the short stories of H.G.Wells - a total of 84 stories by one of the Great masters of the genre. Herbert George Wells - author of The Time Machine and the war of the worlds - was on of the founding-fathers of modern science fiction. But in his short stories, written when he was a young man embarking on a literary career, that he first explored the enormous potential of the scientific discoveries of his day. He described his stories as ' a miscellany of inventions ', yet his enthusiasm for science is tempered by an awareness of it's horrifying destructive power and the threat it could pose to the whole human race. A consummate story teller, he makes fantastical creatures and machines entirely believable; and by placing ordinary men and women in extroadinary situations he humorously explores what it means to be alive in a century of rapid scientific progress. At the close of the millennium, in the age of Dolly the sheep, Wells fin de Siecle vision is more pertinent than ever before.

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A wonderful collection of short stories; as with any such collection, there are a few forgettable ones, but no actually poor stories. Some really memorable gems such as the Stolen Bacillus, the ... Leggi recensione completa

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Recensione dell'utente  - aMenalque - LibraryThing

A fantasic and ecletic range of genre and style here. Beautiful writing (esp. The Red Room) allow clever ideas (esp. The Time Machine) to really hit home hard. There are some slightly ridiculous ... Leggi recensione completa

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H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.

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