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H.G. Wells

When H.G. Wells said, “I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own,” he might have used this as an inspiration for The Time Machine, but it seems to be that it was more of an influential statement. H.G. Wells included predictions for the future as well as personal beliefs in his novels. For example, Wells put scientific theorems into both novels that seemed futuristic at the time. Also, he describes his characters with a certain biased view, providing a stereotypical outlook (Maugham 2). Wells led a long and hardworking life. He was born to a mid-class family on September 21, 1866 in Bromley, Kent – a suburb of London. Herbert luckily avoided becoming a servant, like his parents. He did this in 1884 by winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science at South Kensington (now known as the Imperial College of Science and Technology), which was founded by T.H. Huxley, a major influence to H.G. Wells. Only in his third year, Wells lost his scholarship to the school. He was also educated at the University of London in London, England (Gale 1-3). Many occupations and posts followed this, becoming an apprentice draper, teacher, apprentice pharmacist, tutor, and writer. Wells was a writer from 1893 until his death in 1946, turning out over one-hundred written works. Among his most well-known were The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds – all of which were adapted to film. Just about all of his writings were successful, when first published, and still are today. Just a month before turning eighty, Wells died on August 13, 1946 in London, England. Afterwards, in respect, his ashes were spread over the English Channel (Gale 1-3). H.G. Wells included predictions for the future as well as personal beliefs in his novels. According to Brian Murray, “Wells was a seer of gruesome visions” – visions of the future. He enjoyed inserting predictions for the future in his novels, according to Thomson...
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