The Complete Science Fiction Treasury of H. G. Wells
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The Complete Science Fiction Treasury of H. G. Wells

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Preface by H. G. Wells / In the Days of the Comet / The Invisible Man / The Island of Dr. Moreau / The Time Machine / The War of the Worlds / The First Men in the Moon /The Food of the Gods.
Hardcover, 860 pages
Published (first published January 1934)
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Ellie
This edition is sexy. Unlike another reviewer who said this is dated, that is just what is so lovely about H.G. Wells. Good vintage sci-fi not only tells a good story, but acts as a time capsule to reveal the views and concerns of a generation. Even the writing style is very revealing. So, if you do prefer to feel like you are sitting on the edge of your seat, Wells is not for you. If you weird enough to enjoy feeling like you are eavesdropping on your ancestors, this book is awesome. Did I ment...more
Shad
We love these books from Barnes and Noble.

Time Machine - I think it was interesting and was surprised to read that this was the first instance of a time machine in a novel.

The Island of Dr. Moreau - I don't mind the religious overtones, mostly since I don't believe they correlate with my own. I think the book is interesting and rewarding, offering insights and thought-provoking ideas.

The Invisible Man - It is probably difficult to appreciate now how novel Wells' ideas really were at the time. I...more
Thomas
After reading other readers review of this collection of 7 stories -- I am definitely in the minority with how I rate it. Yes, it was worth reading and I am glad I read the stories ("The Time Machine", "The Island of Dr. Moreau", "The Invisible Man", "The War of the Worlds", "The First Men in the Moon", "The Food of the Gods" and "In the Days of the Comet"). However, I did find Wells style very static and dated. Static in the way he does not introduce much dialogue in characters. Most of the sto...more
Nathan
I had only read a couple of HG Wells’s science fiction works in condensed versions as a child, but it is impossible to escape a certain awareness of at least four of them, as woven as they are into the fabric of our popular culture. 'The Time Machine,' 'The Island of Doctor Moreau,' 'The Invisible Man,' 'The War of the Worlds' – even if you haven’t read these novellas, you very likely know their essences. A big reason for this is the purity of their concepts. As a pioneer in speculative fiction,...more
J.f. Dargon
H. G. Wells is definitely my favorite science fiction writer. He was clearly ahead of his time in the manner in which he interpreted and proposed the scientific theories of his time. For me, I found his short story, "The Time Machine" to be the most intriguing and thought provoking of all his writings. I greatly enjoyed "The War of the Worlds", and found "The Island of Dr. Moreau" to be almost prescient in its depiction of medical science gone mad, a la the Nazi Dr.Joseph Mengele. Had NASA not l...more
Marika
I'm actually reading the 1934 edition (first US printing) of this collection, set in a rather unusual two-column format. I don't know that I will read all seven stories, but classic Sci-fi just felt right for the first read of the summer. And it has been whispering to me from the shelf by the pool table triangle for so long now. Every evening when Chris and I play our usual cocktail hour best of three, it beckons me with its heft, its rough faded green binding and smoooooth tissue thin pages, it...more
Kathryn
I began reading this book as my bedtime reading (a chapter or so each night) back in February; I found it to be entertaining reading, especially as I knew the earlier books well, and the later ones not at all. (I will note that the original edition of this book, published in 1934, was titled Six Famous Novels of H. G. Wells; I had been wondering why a “complete science fiction treasury” would not include When The Sleeper Wakes. I did enjoy this collection, even though Wells had trouble in ending...more
James
A great collection of classic science fiction written by HG Wells and put together in a B&N Leather* bound edition. The seven included stories are, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet. Many of these have been made into movies (and subsequently remakes of those movies and in a few cases remakes of the remakes of the remakes – real original Hollywood).

The cover seems a...more
Jeremy
Island of Dr. Moreau: Sci-Fi book that dealt with scientific prowess and the (un)intentional consequences of humanity. It was a short, interesting read that really made me think about science and ethics.

The War of the Worlds: Wells' book took aim at the elites of Britain and their idea of an immortal empire. Wells sought to remind his readers that empires rise and fall frequently, often overnight. From the time of the Babylonians to the swift, rise of Imperial Japanese, empires move upward freq...more
Mary
I got this from Barnes and Noble a year or two ago. I wish I had purchased more of the books like this.
Books I just can't read enough of them!
John Montagne
H.G. is a fantastic science fiction writer, and viewed as one of the founding fathers - and rightfully so. Some of his work verges on prophetic in regard to advances in the future. His writing may be considered a little dry in comparison to contemporary works of science fiction, but I personally don't think so - especially considering the time it was written - ground breaking. For detailed descriptions and lengthy critiques, I'd suggest readers look him up elsewhere. I'd like to mention though,...more
Brian
It may have been the late hour I paused in the middle of The Time Machine, flipping back to the preface of this anthology, but the book quickly gained value to me after reading that introduction. In it H.G. Wells observes the selections, suggesting they be read out of their chronological order. I encountered his wit and charm in what felt a very honest and personable account of his writings and their place in time, carrying that prescience by commentary so reputed in his novels. I instantly wish...more
Cody
So far I've read The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau and have loved them both. I'm currently in The Invisible Man, and there are some turns of phrase in here that I just laugh out loud at. These books are so good! It was split down the middle for me. I loved The Time Machine and The Food of the Gods, and enjoyed The Island of Doctor Moreau for a time, but I wasn't a fan of the others. I didn't even make it through In the Days of the Comet. I made it to the third chapter or so and ju...more
Kathryn
When I think science fiction, I think H.G. Wells. What a creative man.

My dad and I were at the bookstore one day, and I came across this collection, my dad told me I would probably enjoy it. Man...Was he right.

Each story is so different, interesting, and a masterpiece in their own right. If you read science fiction, you have to read this collection. This is a book you buy, and keep, reas it, and pass it down. Just awesome. So glad I still have my copy proudly on my bookshelf.
Mary
H.G. Wells is one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. This collection; which includes The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, The Food of the Gods, and In the Days of the Comet; are masterpieces. My favorite stories are The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, probably because these were some of the first science fiction that I had seen and then read.
Nathanielk
HG Wells was way ahead of his time. Very little that is bad in this book, except may Year of the Comet. Food of the Gods is a very well written book. Time Machine is ground-breaking. War of the Worlds and Island of Doctor Moreau are better than their movies. From Earth to the Moon is almost prophetic of Apollo in many of its details.
Paul
This is a huge volume containing 7 science fiction novels. The famous ones are famous for good reason, although the science hasn't aged as well as the fiction. The last couple of novels, and In the Days of the Comet in particular, are not very well thought out and meander to pointless finishes.
Miss
Oct 14, 2009 Miss rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Classic sci-fi fans
Recommended to Miss by: wanted to read since forever
So..none of them were scary at all. Though I can see how they would have freaked out people of that time. I really appreciated the observations on human kind included in each story. And the whole 'pick one impossibility and see where it goes' version of sci-fi.
Josh
The Time Machine: 5 stars
The Island of Dr. Moreau: 5 stars
The Invisible Man: 3 stars
The First Men in the Moon: 4 stars
The Food of the Gods: 4 stars
In the Days of the Comet: 3 stars
The War of the Worlds: 4 stars
Courtney
1) The Time Machine
2) The Island of Dr. Moreau
3) The Invisible Man
4) The War of the Worlds
5) The First Men in the Moon
6) The Food of the Gods
7) In the Days of the Comet
Sally
Great science fiction, full of interesting ideas and suspence; but I found my children couldn't become involved in the old-fasioned, somewhat wordy and slow-moving narration.
Patrick De neergaard
This book or these stories are a MUST READ for any reader! They form the spinal cord of many modern stories and films. One never tires reading them again and again.
Jacky
Sep 03, 2008 Jacky is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Time Machine- I wanted to reread it the second I was done.
The Island of Dr. Moreau- classic. Can't wait to see how the movie interprets the island inhabitants.
London Mays
A great book with all my favorite stories and I also enjoyed the introduction about Wells and how he come to write each of the stories. This is a must read
Nicole
I love classic sci-fi, and this is proving to be a great example so far! It was a birthday present from my brother-in-law. Wow, does he know me!
Gautam
From one of the fathers of 20th century science fiction. He taught us that science was amazing and was going to kick our asses all over the place.
Terry Gilbert
Chosen as school prize in 1978. Loved these stories, though found Moreau rather unsettling, I recall!
Atman
gave up. I guess I just wasn't in the mood right now for this. I might come back to this later.
Laurel
beautiful book with his most famous works
Sam Hilliard
Big time investment but worth it.
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol...more
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