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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...
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!
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.
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.
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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Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known for her novelLittle Women. Born in 1832, she was brought up in a financially troubled environment which later influenced her decision to write. During her life she penned 270 works, and even 133 years after her death the popularity of her writing lives on.
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Thomas Hardy was an English author born in 1840, best known for his evocation of the beautiful pastoral landscapes of his home county of Wessex. Hardy wrote a total of 14 novels, as well as much poetry and a myriad of short stories, and continued writing right up until his death in 1928.
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