HAPPY BIRTHDAY – H.G. Wells, born 21 September 1866
“If we don’t end war, war will end us.”
Herbert George Wells was a pioneer of science fiction writing, and I admit that the science fiction section of a library or bookshop is one section I rarely visit. Is reading science fiction more a male thing than female? It is a genre that generally leaves me cold.
However I did enjoy Wells’s The Invisible Man, I loved David Lodge’s novels about H.G. Wells called A Man of Parts, and I find Wells’ life a very interesting one. I loved writing a chapter on his visit to Australia in my book Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia because it was so controversial – he kicked up quite a fuss and managed to upset so many people. It’s hard to believe that he offended the Prime Minister of the day by stating that Hitler was a maniac (this was just before WWII) – he was rebuked for making such rude remarks about Germany’s Head of State.
H.G. Wells died on 13 August 1946, aged 79.
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Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia 1836-1939 by Susannah Fullerton
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A Man of Parts by David Lodge
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