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HG Wells Classic Collection I

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This collection includes The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Invisible Man - all collected in a stunning leather-bound omnibus.

Five of the best science fiction novels by the Grandfather of Science Fiction: unsurpassed in their timeless capacity to thrill and transfix, these are tales that reach to the hear
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published November 3rd 2010 by Orion (first published April 15th 2004)
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May 11, 2012 Rui rated it really liked it
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It’s official, as much as it pains me to admit it, I’m switching over from Team Verne to Team Wells (yes… there is such a thing… and somehow the rather disturbing image of an odd, and very historically incorrect, love triangle involving Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H. G. Wells springs to mind…but please, let’s not dwell on that). Verne was the best scientific mind of the two, of course, but Wells was the best story-teller. If they had ever worked on a joined venture I imagine it should have bee ...more
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it it was amazing
One of the very first science fiction authors -- and the one with the biggest impact on sci-fi -- was undoubtedly H.G. Wells. And "H. G. Wells Classic Collection I" brings together five of his best-known science fiction novels, filled with weird occurrences, time travel, "science" potions" and bizarre alien creatures.

"The Time Machine" concerns the Time Traveller, an English scientist who has built a machine capable of taking a person through time. So he goes to the year 802,701 A.D. and finds t
James Pitt
Mar 24, 2015 James Pitt rated it it was amazing
An amazing anthology of H.G Well’s classic novels, collected in a high quality hardback compendium.

Each book is presented in chronological order, so, if you read them that way, you can see how Well’s writing style improved with each new endeavour. I have read the first three (The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The War of the Worlds) three times each; they’re quite short and still very enjoyable despite their age.

A lot of the themes, such as animal experimentation, are still rel
Ian Casey
Nov 07, 2015 Ian Casey rated it it was amazing
I’d said I wanted to read some classic science fiction this year, and it doesn’t come more classic than this: five of the earliest and best known of H.G. Wells’ short novels which were to form the foundation stones of the genre.

This is actually the first and most common of a multi-volume set (of four to my knowledge) collecting Wells’ prominent work, and were it not for its existence I would happily have gone with the excellent-looking ‘Seven Novels’ edition from Barnes & Noble. The collecto
It's pleasant to read on occasion a book with virtually no editorial paratext, and this one includes solely the nartratives of the five most well-known Wells tales, all of which are very good in themselves, and hold up well, despite the passage of over 100 years (except maybe The First Men in the Moon, which, while fun, is perhaps hopelessly overcome by events; it's a nice gloss on both Lucian and the Orlando Furisoso, though).

All of them are bizarre first person narrations--typically, a first p
Aug 26, 2011 Jani rated it liked it
The stories in this book truly justified the tag of "the father of modern science fiction" given to Wells. The stories had the basic elements of SF: they pondered upon the nature of humanity, the role of science in it and tried to build their scenarios upon an acceptably constructed hypotheses. Now of course, history has proven many of Wells' hypotheses to be wrong (hardly his fault) and the writing can be a bit ponderous sometimes (in War of the Worlds especially), but compared to some others ...more
Luke Meakin
Dec 26, 2012 Luke Meakin rated it it was amazing
Overall, I thought this was a fantastic book! Five of the best Sci-Fi books I have ever read. Wells is one of if not the most prominent science fiction writer to date and you can see why with these books. Just got the second classic collection for christmas so stay tuned for when I finally get round to reading that!
Dec 15, 2013 Nathan rated it it was amazing
A must-read for any sci-fi fan. Wells' most well-known stories in one beautiful package. There is a volume 2, as well as a matching collection of his short stories. Both are also recommended!
Lara Hale
Jun 28, 2014 Lara Hale rated it it was amazing
Incredibly advanced understanding of science for his time. Written with a very enjoyable prose and sense of suspense. Brilliant and fun stories... ahead of their time!
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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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