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It is now more than 70 years since H. G. Wells founded modern science-fiction with the brilliant succession of novels and short stories that ended in the first decade of this century. Even though two generations have gone by since these stories were first written, they still remain in the first rank. It is safe to say that very few writers have equaled Wells's achievement, It is now more than 70 years since H. G. Wells founded modern science-fiction with the brilliant succession of novels and short stories that ended in the first decade of this century. Even though two generations have gone by since these stories were first written, they still remain in the first rank. It is safe to say that very few writers have equaled Wells's achievement, and no one has excelled it. The stories of H. G. Wells are a timeless achievement that stand as high as they ever have. This present collection contains the best of H. G. Wells's science-fiction short stories: favorites like "The Crystal Egg," "Aepyornis Island," "The Strange Orchid," "The Man Who Could Work Miracles," "A Dream of Armageddon," "The Sea Raiders," and eleven other tales about fourth-dimensional adventure, biological monstrosities, marvelous inventions, time distortions, cosmic catastrophe, and similar events. In addition to these seventeen short stories, several of which could be called short novels, the full novel "The Invisible Man" is also included. One of the most popular of Wells's stories, as a serious study of egotism it ranks as high as it does as a science-fiction thriller.


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It is now more than 70 years since H. G. Wells founded modern science-fiction with the brilliant succession of novels and short stories that ended in the first decade of this century. Even though two generations have gone by since these stories were first written, they still remain in the first rank. It is safe to say that very few writers have equaled Wells's achievement, It is now more than 70 years since H. G. Wells founded modern science-fiction with the brilliant succession of novels and short stories that ended in the first decade of this century. Even though two generations have gone by since these stories were first written, they still remain in the first rank. It is safe to say that very few writers have equaled Wells's achievement, and no one has excelled it. The stories of H. G. Wells are a timeless achievement that stand as high as they ever have. This present collection contains the best of H. G. Wells's science-fiction short stories: favorites like "The Crystal Egg," "Aepyornis Island," "The Strange Orchid," "The Man Who Could Work Miracles," "A Dream of Armageddon," "The Sea Raiders," and eleven other tales about fourth-dimensional adventure, biological monstrosities, marvelous inventions, time distortions, cosmic catastrophe, and similar events. In addition to these seventeen short stories, several of which could be called short novels, the full novel "The Invisible Man" is also included. One of the most popular of Wells's stories, as a serious study of egotism it ranks as high as it does as a science-fiction thriller.

30 review for Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    These were great. His writing is so rich and includes clever, funny and resonant turns of phrase. My only complaint was that some stories seemed both pointless and open-ended in such a way that made me wonder if he just sat down at his desk that day and wrote whatever happened to be passing through his mind.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Morgan (Turbo)

    Unfortunately had to give this one up because the library wanted it back. I like H.G. Wells style of writing very much (lot's of big words) Unfortunately had to give this one up because the library wanted it back. I like H.G. Wells style of writing very much (lot's of big words)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tell Tale Books

    Read by Greg K.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    A collection of Wells' stories that I read in my later high school years. As with any anthology, some stories are more interesting than others. In one of the stories, Wells seemingly foresaw the emergence of the tank as a war weapon. A collection of Wells' stories that I read in my later high school years. As with any anthology, some stories are more interesting than others. In one of the stories, Wells seemingly foresaw the emergence of the tank as a war weapon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One of the stories only - The Sea Raiders Monsters from the deep terrorise the coast of Devon. HG Wells' adventure is read by Robert Bathurst. Broadcast on: BBC Radio 7, 12:00am Tuesday 23rd March 2010 One of the stories only - The Sea Raiders Monsters from the deep terrorise the coast of Devon. HG Wells' adventure is read by Robert Bathurst. Broadcast on: BBC Radio 7, 12:00am Tuesday 23rd March 2010

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Monsters from the deep terrorise the coast of Devon. HG Wells' adventure is read by Robert Bathurst. Monsters from the deep terrorise the coast of Devon. HG Wells' adventure is read by Robert Bathurst.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    BEST STORIES OF H.G. WELLS by H.G. Wells (1970)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    Well, read parts of it anyhow. Wells insistence on humans being a speck in the universe is not only refreshing, but timely given our recent discoveries of other planets...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  11. 4 out of 5

    Felden

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tracy McIntyre

    I had to keep reminding myself that these stories were from a different time and that the societal norms were much different. There were stories that seemed somewhat prescient, but then I would hit a clunker. If you are a student of sci-fi and want to read the classics, it is worth the read. If you are looking for pure entertainment, you probably should look for a modern author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Juan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin

  17. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Budy

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jina

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    Nami

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    Constructionv4

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Vandermeer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikola

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brennan Quenneville

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    Deepthi Herga

  26. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scout Who

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Kay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marci Phillips

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