H.G. Wells:
Science Fiction Technology and Ideas
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.

Invention/Technology Source Work (Publication Date)

Atomic Bomb - very early reference

The World Set Free (1914)

Automated Surface Measurement - 100 years before cgi needed it

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Automatic Door - like a roll top desk

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Babble Machine - you know

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Biological Warfare - first use of the concept in fiction

The War of the Worlds (1898)

Black Smoke - run for your lives!

The War of the Worlds (1898)

Cavorite - antigravity metal

The First Men in the Moon (1901)

Desktop Flat Panel Intercom

Things To Come (1936)

DVD/VCR (Entertainment Player)

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Eadhamite

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Giant Flat Panel Display

Things To Come (1936)

Heat Ray - concept of the laser

The War of the Worlds (1898)

Individualized Clothing Manufacture - clothes just for you

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Invisibility - now you see it -

The Invisible Man (1897)

Joystick Controls w/Remote Display

The Land Ironclads (1903)

Kinetiscope Appliance - like a PDA

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Monsters Manufactured - chimeras described

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896)

Moving Picture Player - like a video iPod

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Moving Roadway - like a baggage conveyor

When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)

Networked Telephone Answering Machine

Men Like Gods (1923)

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