H. G. Wells
(September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946)
Arguably, the most important 19th-century SF writer, Herbert George Wells can rightfully be called the grandfather of SF (Hugo Gernsback, is uncle, of course, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, mother). During the course of his writing career, he greatly influenced the field with seminal stories such as The Invisible Man (1897), The Time Machine (1895), and The War of the Worlds (1897). He postulated the Parallel Universe in Men Like Gods (1923).
He had no connection with fandom other than his influence on the genre, and, in fact, his most important works were written early in his career before sf was recognized as such — his later life was more focused on utopian theorizing.
- Entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.
- In Memoriam: H. G. Wells, 1866 - 1946.
- The Young H. G. Wells: Changing The World, 2021 biography by Claire Tomalin.
- Bibliography of H. G. Wells: with a Prologue Introducing Mr. Wells to the Future by Fred A. Chappell (Chicago: Covici-McGee Co., 1924).
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1996 — Readercon 6 Memorial Guest
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