English II Pre-IB
November 8, 2012
Science Fiction Though the Ages
Science fiction is based on imagined future sciences or technological advances and major social or environmental changes, frequently portraying space or time travel and life on other planets (“The New Oxford American Dictionary”). Science Fiction is an ongoing resource of imagination and creativity that has manifest in many different ways throughout history. H.G Wells, Mary Shelley and Robert Louis Stevenson contributed to the earliest forms of science fiction writing that can still be seen in today’s modern writing. Some of H.G Wells’ most famous works includes “Time Machine”, and “The War of the Word”, Mary Shelly wrote “Frankenstein” and “The Last Man”, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. There are numerous amounts of science fiction writers that have taken the teachings of early pioneers to heart and transform the art of writing; these authors includes James Patterson who wrote “Dangerous Days of Daniel X” and “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment”; and Suzanne Collin who wrote “Gregor the Overlander and “The Hunger Games” .
People have considered H.G Wells to be one of the most influential writer of his time, his social life tells another story about him. H.G Wells was born on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent County, England; he was the son of Sarah Neal, a maid to the upper class, and Joseph Wells, a professional cricket player (Michael Coren 22). H.G Wells was more of a wanderer and walker, he would go on solitary jogs and jaunts around Bromley which filled his imagination with wonder and possibilities. G.K Chesterton wrote: “For young HG, the streets of England were paved not with gold, but with adventure.” H.G Wells’ first attempt to fiction writing is contributed to his interest in military history. His first serious attempt to writing was an illustrated children’s story called The Desert Daisy, which describe a...