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

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

Order of H.G. Wells Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of H.G. Wells Short Story Collections

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

Order of H.G. Wells Screenplays

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Short Story) 1898 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Non-Fiction Books

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1 Certain Personal Matters (Short Story) 1897 Description / Buy
2 Anticipations 1901 Description / Buy
3 The Discovery of the Future (Short Story) 1902 Description / Buy
4 Mankind in the Making 1903 Description / Buy
5 The Food of the Gods 1904 Description / Buy
6 The Future in America 1906 Description / Buy
7 This Misery of Boots (Short Story) 1907 Description / Buy
8 First and Last Things 1908 Description / Buy
9 New Worlds for Old 1908 Description / Buy
10 Floor Games 1911 Description / Buy
11 Little Wars 1913 Description / Buy
12 An Englishman Looks at the World 1914 Description / Buy
13 What is Coming? (Short Story) 1916 Description / Buy
14 Elements of Reconstruction (Short Story) 1916 Description / Buy
15 God the Invisible King (Short Story) 1917 Description / Buy
16 War and the Future / Italy, France and Britain at War (Short Story) 1917 Description / Buy
17 In The Fourth Year (Short Story) 1918 Description / Buy
18 The Outline of History 1919 Description / Buy
19 Russia in the Shadows 1920 Description / Buy
20 The Salvaging of Civiization (Short Story) 1921 Description / Buy
21 A Short History of the World 1922 Description / Buy
22 Washington and the Riddle of Peace / Washington and the Hope of Peace 1922 Description / Buy
23 A Modern Utopia and Other Discussions 1925 Description / Buy
24 The Open Conspiracy: What Are We To Do With Our Lives? 1928 Description / Buy
25 The Science of Life ( With:) 1929 Description / Buy
26 The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings 1933 Description / Buy
27 Experiment in Autobiography 1934 Description / Buy
28 H.G. Wells in Love 1934 Description / Buy
29 World Brain 1938 Description / Buy
30 The Fate of Homo Sapiens 1939 Description / Buy
31 The New World Order (Short Story) 1939 Description / Buy
32 The Conquest of Time 1942 Description / Buy
33 Crux Ansata 1943 Description / Buy
34 Mind at the End of Its Tether 1945 Description / Buy
35 Interviews and Recollections 1981 Description / Buy
36 Experiment in Autobiography, Vol. 2 1984 Description / Buy
37 A Volume of Journalism 1999 Description / Buy
38 The Conquest of Time and The Happy Turning 2002 Description / Buy
39 Little Wars and Floor Games 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Correspondence Of H.G. Wells Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Correspondence of H.G. Wells 1996 Description / Buy
2 The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 2 1997 Description / Buy
3 The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 3 1997 Description / Buy
4 The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 4 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Great Illustrated Classics Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Invisible Man 1995 Description / Buy

H.G. Wells Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Lost Mars 2018 Description / 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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