Penning his first professional works before the dawn of the 20th century, H. G. Wells is often rightly referred to as the Father of Science Fiction. Creating concepts that, though common within the genre now, were almost unthinkable during his time, Wells shaped and defined sci-fi literature as we know it today. Here are a few of his most well-known and critically acclaimed titles, along with just some of the countless reasons we should respect him as a literary innovator.
Few genres can compare to crime and mystery when it comes to frantic page turning, with novels that often capture readers from start to finish without so much as a tea break. After all, that's the point of the genre, is it not? To keep you guessing, wondering, and scratching your head until the plot finally unravels, leaving you both surprised and wholly satisfied with the conclusion of the mystery at hand. And, within this genre, there is one character who arguably stands above them all. We are, of course, talking about none other than Arthur Conan Doyle's titan of crime and mystery literature - the great Sherlock Holmes.
Praised as "the greatest humorist this country (the US) has ever produced", Mark Twain truly was a national treasure. Best known for his works The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often being called the "Great American Novel", Twain's wit and satire remains unparalleled even today - over an entire century after his death. In celebration of our author of the month, we've written a brief history on the times and talents of Twain to show our appreciation for all this American great has left for us.
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...