August 19, 2019 2 min read

It's been over a century since H. G. Wells gave us so many of his now-legendary sci-fi novels, including The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Time Machine. And, with these novels, it's an eerie thing to read them and see just how much he predicted inventions and futuristic creations that were yet to be created or popularised. So, to celebrate him being our author of the month, we've compiled this short yet insightful list of the different ways H. G. Wells foretold the future and the shape of things to come...

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Screen Entertainment

The Sleeper Awakens (1899) follows a man who awakens from a two-hundred-year slumber in London. Though the novel takes place in a dystopian setting, there are aspects of this world very much like around own, including TVs and audio books. Lets hope that's all we share in common with this novel for the foreseeable future!

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Advanced Warfare

From atomic bombs to heat rays, novels such as The War of the Worlds (1898) and The World Set Free (1914) feature deadly weaponry far more advanced than what was available at the time. In fact, not only did these books foretell future warfare, but they possible came close to influencing it - some of those working or researching for the military were hoping to utilise lasers as weaponry long before it was proven practical or possible.

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Genetic Modification

The Island of Dr Moreau (1896) was only H. G. Wells third book, yet it already shows his incredible ability to see where future advancements are heading - for better or for worse. The novel follows Dr Moreau, a mad scientist who creates hybrid humans from animals, and his methods are a somewhat more twisted version of modern genetic modification. Creepy.

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The Sci-Fi Genre

Okay, so he may not have foretold this as much as he contributed to it, but he still arguably shaped the entire genre as we know it today. The wonderful world of sci-fi is loved and followed my millions worldwide, and we have H. G. Wells and his wonderful works to thank for that.

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Amelia Baker
Amelia Baker

founder of the Country House Library, and lifelong bibliophile. Favourite vintage writer PG Woodhouse. Favourite book colour Pelican blue.


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