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HG Wells is known by many as the father of modern science fiction Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in Bromley Kentucky As a child Wells broke his leg and while recovering from the injury spent most of his time reading all the books he could find He attended the Normal School of Science in London on a full Scholarship At this school he teamed up with Thomas H Huxley who taught him a great deal about science fiction and clearly influenced Wells studies After graduating Wells wrote a biology textbook and began submitting his works of fiction to various magazines This was the start of his careerWells first major piece of work that caught a lot of attention was The Time Machine published in 1895 Following that he went on to publish three more books including The Island of Dr Moreau in 1895 During these years Wells seamed particularly concerned with what the future held in store for society in a world where technology and scientific study were taking over rapidly His works during this time period reflect his belief that advancing technology was not all that greatFollowing World War 1 Wells took on a new approach to life During a period of depression and famine it was not so easy to be optimistic so he turned his works toward addressing social problems Of the social problem novels only one is universally praised Tuna-Bungay 1909 This work was considered Wells finest novel Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Wells wrote social and political books about the future that were increasingly more pessimistic His last book written in 1945 predicted the destruction of civilization and humanity Needless to say Wells died in London a short time later Wells is known for one of the most prominent writers of the early twentieth century His works are ranked among the top authors of his era The continued popularity of his books the on going criticism devoted to
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