Science Fiction in the News Articles
related to the works of

H.G. Wells

Wells's best known works are The Time Machine (1895), one of the first modern science fiction stories, The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). Wells wrote over a hundred of books, about fifty of them novels.

Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent. His father was a shopkeeper and a professional cricketer until he broke his leg.

Wells obtained a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London and studied there biology under T.H. Huxley. However, his interest faltered and in 1887 he left without a degree. He taught in private schools for four years, not taking his B.S. degree until 1890. In 1893 Wells became a full-time writer.

Wells in 1920 met with Lenin. In 1934 he had discussions with both Stalin, who left him disillusioned, and Roosevelt, trying to recruit them without success to his world-saving schemes. Wells was convinced that Western socialists cannot compromise with Communism, and that the best hope for the future lay in Washington.

Wells died in London on August 13. 1946.

Science fiction in the News articles describe real-world events that relate to the ideas and inventions in sf novels and movies. Select a news article:

Active Denial Technology: Directed Energy Weapons
   Active Denial Technology disables enemy soldiers or crowds with a painful beam of electromagnetic energy that inflicts a disabling, burning pain over the body by triggering heat receptors in the skin.
MTHEL - Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser
   The Mobile Tactical High Energy Laser (MTHEL) successfully tracked and destroyed a large-caliber test rocket at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
Invisible Animals (If Not Men)
   The New York Times ran an interesting article this past week on how animals achieve invisibility in the ocean. Transparency can be achieved in different ways.
Mouse With Human Brain May Live
   Stanford University has given researcher Irving Weissman permission to create a mouse-human hybrid. The intent is to inject human brain cells into the brains of developing mice to see what happens.
Invisibility Using Plasmonic Covers
   Researchers Andrea Alu and Nader Engheta of the University of Pennsylvania have written a paper on how plasmonic resonance effects might be used to render an object invisible.
Active Denial System Has Researchers Worried
   The 'Sheriff' Active Denial System (ADS), due to be implemented in Iraq by 2006, has some scientists and researchers expressing concerns.
Doughnut-Shaped Time Machine
   Exactly how to generate a gravitational doughnut is not covered in the paper, but Ori has suggestions.
Apple Video iPod - And HG Wells
   Apple's iPod is a great way to take movies with you.
Octarms - Robotic Tentacle Bot From Mars!
   A robotic tentacle funded by DARPA proves adept at manipulating irregularly shaped (ie natural) objects; just like the Tripod tentacles from War of the Worlds.
Mitsubishi Aurora Vision LED Screen And H.G. Wells
   Enormous public high definition screen predicted by H.G. Wells seventy years ago.
Snake-Arm Robots From OCRobotics Reach Out
   Nifty snake-arm joy-stick controlled robot can find its way into a variety of tight spaces.
Two Human Species In 100,000 Years? Stick With Wells
   Will the human species bifurcate into Haves and Have-Nots? Eloi and Morlocks?
Snake-Arm Robot In A Plane
   No, really. There are snake-arm robots in planes - not on planes, but in them.
Martians Could Kill Life On Earth, Says Scientist
   A prominent UK scientist apparently believes that it is possible that Martian water harbors life - maybe dangerous life.
Active Denial Sytem Heat Ray Warming Up
   Raytheon finally gets this nonlethal crowd-dispersing weapon out in public view.
How Long To Run From One End Of TV To The Other? 12 Seconds!
   How to best measure the size of your TV? Would you believe you'll need your running shoes and a stopwatch?
Transparent TV From Active Inc (And H.G. Wells)
   This looks like a great product - H.G. Wells would be very glad to see it, having thought of it seventy years ago.
HIPerSpace Offers Highest Display Resolution
   The engineers at UCSD are at it again, creating the world's highest resolution display.
Round Screen LCDs Take Us Back
   I've had enough of rectangular displays - this one is pleasingly round.
DIY Snake Arm Robot Prototype
   Neat little snake arm robot prototype done by a student; what have you been doing for your robotics projects?
Dubai Ziggurat Carbon Neutral Pyramid Arcology
   Incredible concept (now patented!) should convince you that science-fictional vast self-contained cities might actually be built. H.G. Wells thought so.
3G Watch Phone From LG Electronics
   Remarkable technology from LG electronics promises to bring video to a wrist near you.
Samsung Transparent OLED Display And H.G. Wells
   As shown in H.G. Wells' 1936 movie Things to Come - here's your transparent display. They could be a bit larger... With video.
Carbon Nanotube Muscles
   This technology provides an amazing increase in force per unit area of standard (i.e., human) muscles.
Mirrors For Gravitational Waves
   Can superconducting sheets reflect gravity waves? Is this causing odd results in the Gravity Probe B experiment? Can H.G. Wells shine any light on these matters?
Transparent OLED Display Gets Bigger
   H.G. Wells knew futuristic cool stuff when he thought of it - and now, you can look at a real-life prototype.
KINGK N99 Phone Has Round Display
   I can't resist this retrofuturistic phone, with its classic fin de siecle (that's end of the nineteenth century) round screen.
Samsung Transparent OLED Laptop
   Very cool demonstration video; I'm still trying to figure out what I would do with a transparent screen laptop. Other than make sure I kept the keyboard clean.
Airborne Laser Destroys Missile
   Ray gun fans, rejoice! A successful test of the Airborne Laser Testbed has been accomplished.
Still Dreaming Of Tentacle Arms
   Beware the 'long, flexible, glittering tentacles...'
Festo Biomimetic Bionic Handling Systems
   Oh, those guys at Festo are doing more than just dreaming about tentacle arms!
Handheld Fashion Kinetoscope Appliance Found
   I think Wells got this one pretty much right more than one hundred years ago. Except now, you can own one yourself.
Robotic Tentacle Manipulator
   HG Wells described snake-like tentacle manipulators in his 1898 classic War of the Worlds. And what does this device look like if you turn it upside down?
Festo Bionic Handling Assistant Video
   Terrific video presents Festo's robotics work, as described by the engineers who created it.
Marvin Minsky's Tentacle Arm Video
   Even in 1968, it was time to 'Beware the 'long, flexible, glittering tentacles...''
Samsung 19 Inch Transparent AMOLED Display
   Will those open laptops on conference room desks be less of a barrier if their displays are transparent?
Samsung Transparent Smart Window
   HG Wells also had an idea like this, or was it Frank Herbert?
Body Scanner May Improve Online Shopping
   '...the tailor pulled out a number of slotted arms terminating in little discs...'- H.G. Wells, 1899.
Transparent Smartphone Prototype From Polytron
   See through this future phone in a video.
Biomimetic Artificial Muscles
   The robots of tomorrow may have super-strength, thanks to this research.
Crabster CR200 Robot Prowls The Deep
   'The handling-machine did not impress me as a machine, but as a crablike creature...'- H.G. Wells, 1898.
Crabster Robot Deployed At Korea's Sewol Ferry Disaster
   Remote-controlled robots helping out in time of need.
Samsung Round Wearable And HG Wells
   'He flicked out a little appliance the size and appearance of a keyless watch'- HG Wells, 1899.
PoseiDrone Tentacled Undersea Robot Like HG Wells'
   'Its motion was so swift, complex, and perfect that at first I did not see it as a machine...'- HG Wells, 1898.

 

 

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