H.G. Wells Books

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H.G. Wells is considered by many to be the father of science fiction, mentioned alongside names like Herbert George and Jules Verne. A journalist and prolific author, Wells was born in 1866 in Britain.

Order of H.G. Wells Standalone Novels

1The Time Machine 1895Description / Buy
2The Wonderful Visit 1895Description / Buy
3The Island of Dr. Moreau (Short Story) 1896Description / Buy
4The Wheels of Chance 1896Description / Buy
5The Invisible Man 1897Description / Buy
6The War of the Worlds 1898Description / Buy
7When the Sleeper Wakes 1899Description / Buy
8Love and Mr. Lewisham 1899Description / Buy
9The First Men in the Moon 1901Description / Buy
10The Sea Lady 1902Description / Buy
11The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth 1904Description / Buy
12Kipps 1905Description / Buy
13A Modern Utopia 1905Description / Buy
14In the Days of the Comet 1906Description / Buy
15The War in the Air 1908Description / Buy
16Tono-Bungay 1909Description / Buy
17Ann Veronica 1909Description / Buy
18The History of Mr Polly 1910Description / Buy
19The Sleeper Awakes 1911Description / Buy
20The New Machiavelli 1911Description / Buy
21Marriage 1912Description / Buy
22The Passionate Friends 1913Description / Buy
23The World Set Free 1914Description / Buy
24The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman 1914Description / Buy
25Bealby: A Holiday 1915Description / Buy
26The Research Magnificent 1915Description / Buy
27Boon 1915Description / Buy
28Mr. Britling Sees It Through 1916Description / Buy
29The Soul of a Bishop 1917Description / Buy
30Joan and Peter: A Story of an Education 1918Description / Buy
31The Undying Fire 1919Description / Buy
32The Secret Places of the Heart 1922Description / Buy
33Men Like Gods 1923Description / Buy
34The Dream 1924Description / Buy
35Christina Alberta's Father 1925Description / Buy
36The World of William Clissold 1926Description / Buy
37Meanwhile the Picture of a Lady 1927Description / Buy
38Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island 1928Description / Buy
39The King Who Was a King 1929Description / Buy
40Autocracy of Mr. Parham 1930Description / Buy
41Bulpington of Blup 1930Description / Buy
42The Shape of Things to Come 1933Description / Buy
43The Croquet Player 1936Description / Buy
44Star Begotten 1937Description / Buy
45The Camford Visitation 1937Description / Buy
46Brynhild 1937Description / Buy
47The Brothers 1938Description / Buy
48Apropos of Dolores 1938Description / Buy
49The Holy Terror 1939Description / Buy
50All Aboard for Ararat 1940Description / Buy
51Babes in the Darkling Wood 1940Description / Buy
52You Can't Be Too Careful 1941Description / Buy
53The Wealth of Mr. Waddy 1969Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Short Stories/Novellas

1The Chronic Argonauts / The Chronic Argonaughts (Short Story) 1888Description / Buy
2The Treasure In The Forest (Short Story) 1894Description / Buy
3The Flowering of the Strange Orchid (Short Story) 1894Description / Buy
4The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes / The Story of Davidson's Eyes (Short Story) 1895Description / Buy
5The Plattner Story (Short Story) 1896Description / Buy
6The Wheels of Chance 1896Description / Buy
7The Star (Short Story) 1897Description / Buy
8The Crystal Egg (Short Story) 1897Description / Buy
9A Story Of The Days To Come (Short Story) 1897Description / Buy
10Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation (Short Story) 1898Description / Buy
11A Dream of Armageddon (Short Story) 1901Description / Buy
12The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost (Short Story) 1902Description / Buy
13The Valley of Spiders 1903Description / Buy
14The Magic Shop (Short Story) 1903Description / Buy
15Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland (Short Story) 1903Description / Buy
16The Door in the Wall (Short Story) 1906Description / Buy
17The Desert Daisy 1957Description / Buy
18Ugh-Lomi and the Cave Bear (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy
19The New Accelerator (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Short Story Collections

1Select Conversations with an Uncle (Now Extinct) and Two Other Reminiscences (Short Story) 1895Description / Buy
2The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents 1896Description / Buy
3The Crystal Egg and Other Tales 1897Description / Buy
4The Plattner Story and Others 1897Description / Buy
5Thirty Strange Stories 1897Description / Buy
6Tales of Space and Time 1899Description / Buy
7Twelve Stories and a Dream 1906Description / Buy
8The Country of the Blind and Other Selected Stories 1909Description / Buy
9Tales of Wonder 1910Description / Buy
10The Complete Short Stories 1927Description / Buy
11The Moth and Other Stories 1962Description / Buy
12Early Writings in Science and Science Fiction 1975Description / Buy
13The Empire of the Ants and Other Stories 1977Description / Buy
14The Man With a Nose 1984Description / Buy
15In the Days of the Comet & Seventeen Short Stories 1999Description / Buy
16The Red Room and Other Stories 2000Description / Buy
17The Grisly Folk, and the Wild Asses of the Devil 2008Description / Buy
18Collected Short Stories 2008Description / Buy
19Tales of the Weird and Supernatural 2011Description / Buy
20The Country of the Blind and Other Stories 2014Description / Buy
21The Best Short Stories of H.G. Wells 2015Description / Buy
22The Argonauts of the Air & 15 Short Stories 2015Description / Buy
23The Door in the Wall? And Other Stories (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Screenplays

1The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Short Story) 1898Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Non-Fiction Books

1Certain Personal Matters (Short Story) 1897Description / Buy
2Anticipations 1901Description / Buy
3The Discovery of the Future (Short Story) 1902Description / Buy
4Mankind in the Making 1903Description / Buy
5The Future in America 1906Description / Buy
6This Misery of Boots (Short Story) 1907Description / Buy
7First and Last Things 1908Description / Buy
8New Worlds for Old 1908Description / Buy
9Floor Games 1911Description / Buy
10Little Wars 1913Description / Buy
11An Englishman Looks at the World 1914Description / Buy
12What is Coming? (Short Story) 1916Description / Buy
13Elements of Reconstruction (Short Story) 1916Description / Buy
14God the Invisible King (Short Story) 1917Description / Buy
15War and the Future / Italy, France and Britain at War (Short Story) 1917Description / Buy
16In The Fourth Year (Short Story) 1918Description / Buy
17The Outline of History 1919Description / Buy
18Russia in the Shadows 1920Description / Buy
19The Salvaging of Civiization (Short Story) 1921Description / Buy
20A Short History of the World 1922Description / Buy
21Washington and the Riddle of Peace / Washington and the Hope of Peace 1922Description / Buy
22A Modern Utopia and Other Discussions 1925Description / Buy
23The Open Conspiracy: What Are We To Do With Our Lives? 1928Description / Buy
24The Science of Life ( With:) 1929Description / Buy
25The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings 1933Description / Buy
26Experiment in Autobiography 1934Description / Buy
27H.G. Wells in Love 1934Description / Buy
28World Brain 1938Description / Buy
29The Fate of Homo Sapiens 1939Description / Buy
30The New World Order (Short Story) 1939Description / Buy
31The Conquest of Time 1942Description / Buy
32Crux Ansata 1943Description / Buy
33Mind at the End of Its Tether 1945Description / Buy
34Interviews and Recollections 1981Description / Buy
35Experiment in Autobiography, Vol. 2 1984Description / Buy
36A Volume of Journalism 1999Description / Buy
37The Conquest of Time and The Happy Turning 2002Description / Buy
38Little Wars and Floor Games 2006Description / Buy

Order of Correspondence Of H.G. Wells Series

1The Correspondence of H.G. Wells 1996Description / Buy
2The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 2 1997Description / Buy
3The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 3 1997Description / Buy
4The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 4 1997Description / Buy

Order of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories Anthology Series

1The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: , , D.H. Lawrence, , , Robert Aickman, , , , Elizabeth Jane Howard) 1964Description / Buy
2The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: Robert Aickman) 1966Description / Buy
3The Third Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: E.F. Benson, , , Arthur Quiller-Couch, Robert Aickman) 1967Description / Buy
4The 4th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: Robert Aickman) 1968Description / Buy
5The 5th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: , Robert Aickman, , Jerome K. Jerome) 1969Description / Buy
6The Sixth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories 1970Description / Buy
7The Seventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: , Washington Irving, , Vladimir Nabokov, , , , Robert Aickman) 1980Description / Buy
8The Eighth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories ( By: Agatha Christie, , , , Robert Aickman) 1982Description / Buy

H.G. Wells Anthologies

1 50 Great Short Stories1952Description / Buy
2 The Sixth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories1970Description / Buy
3 The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A1973Description / Buy
4 Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1979Description / Buy
5 The Best Crime Stories Ever Told2002Description / Buy
6 Tainted: Tales of Terror and the Supernatural2008Description / Buy
7 The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction2010Description / Buy
8 Lost Mars2018Description / Buy
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Wells was never shy about his poverty-ridden upbringing and he often sought to glorify the importance of lower-class beginnings. Things began to change for the author when he found his way to the Imperial College of Science and technology as a result of a timely scholarship.

Even with his education, Wells’ poor beginnings continued to affect his ideas and attitudes towards the world. Wells thought that communism was the only solution to a world whose capitalist class divisions would eventually destroy it.

While at the Imperial College, H.G. Wells had the opportunity to study under T.H. Huxley. The author experimented with school magazines and newspapers before finally writing The Time Machine in 1895.

His first novel, one that he wrote in an attempt to overcome his financial constraints, the book was very critical of capitalism and it elicited interest from his readers in Victorian England. With books like The Invisible Man and The War Between the Worlds following, H.G. Wells soon cemented his place as an unparalleled genius in the science fiction arena.

The author is still best known for the 1938 radio play of his War Between the Worlds book which was so convincing in its delivery that it caused panic and mayhem amongst listeners who thought that earth might have become the victim of an Alien Assault.

A controversial figure in politics that drew criticism for cheating on his wives whilst also seemingly fighting for women’s rights, and pushing for socialism only to reject it later, H.G. Wells was loved and hated in equal measure by his peers, most of whom recognized his genius as an author despite their irritation with his person.

H.G. Wells’ popularity peaked in the 1920s. After a while, all the propaganda in his books drew the ire of readers and critics alike. It didn’t help that Wells’ view of the world and its future seemed to grow darker with each passing year.

Soon, many of the author’s readers had little patience for his many dystopian futures, though Wells still inspired the masses with his nonfiction work.

Wells’ ideas have continued to permeate through entertainment today. He is still considered an unrivaled science fiction titan.

H.G. Wells Awards

Even though a number of awards have been named after H.G. Wells since his death, the author himself never won any awards for his literary work. However, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature on Four Different occasions.

H.G. Wells Books into Movies/TV

A surprising number of Wells’ novels have been adapted into movies over the decades, both for the big and small screen, this including Dead Night, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The Shape of Things to Come, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The History of Mr. Polly, The Passionate Friends, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

Best H.G. Wells Books

H.G. Wells will never be forgotten, not when one considers all his contributions to the science fiction genre, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

The Time Machine: When an explorer uses his time machine to travel into the far flung future, he finds the earth dying a slow death. He also discovers the Morlocks and the Eloi, two races that manifest human nature’s differing sides.

This is the book that put H.G. Wells on the path to stardom. The book revolves around an English gentleman who finds the key to time travel. He builds a machine that takes him eight hundred thousand years into the future. There he meets the two races descended from human beings as he knows them.

The Island of Dr. Moreau: When Edward Prendick is shipwrecked on a Pacific Island, his only worry is the potential for his rescue and his ability to survive until that moment. He is unaware of the presence of Dr. Moreau and the strange creatures that he shares the island with.

This book wasn’t particularly popular when it came out. The Time Machine wowed readers with its representation of the wonderful possibilities of the science. Readers wanted more of that from Wells.

Instead, they were treated to a picture of the terror that can come from the misuse of science.

When Does The Next H.G. Wells book come out?

H.G. Wells doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Door in the Wall? And Other Stories and was released on September, 23rd 2017. It is the newest book in the H.G. Wells Short Story Collections.


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