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release date: Apr 03, 1995
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The Time Machine (Dover Thrift Editions)
English novelist, historian and science writer Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) abandoned teaching and launched his literary career with a series of highly successful science-fiction novels. The Time Machine was the first of a number of these imaginative literary inventions. First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical Time Traveller who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi — vegetarians who tire easily — and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks.
After narrowly escaping from the Morlocks, the Time Traveller undertakes another journey even further into the future where he finds the earth growing bitterly cold as the heat and energy of the sun wane. Horrified, he returns to the present, but soon departs again on his final journey.
While the novel is underpinned with both Darwinian and Marxist theory and offers fascinating food for thought about the world of the future, it also succeeds as an exciting blend of adventure and pseudo-scientific romance. Sure to delight lovers of the fantastic and bizarre, The Time Machine is a book that belongs on the shelf of every science-fiction fan.
release date: Feb 05, 1992
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The Invisible Man (Dover Thrift Editions)

First published in 1897, The Invisible Man ranks as one of the most famous scientific fantasies ever written. Part of a series of pseudoscientific romances written by H. G. Wells (1866–1946) early in his career, the novel helped establish the British author as one of the first and best writers of science fiction.
Wells' years as a science student undoubtedly inspired a number of his early works, including this strikingly original novel. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the story focuses on Griffin, a scientist who has discovered the means to make himself invisible. His initial, almost comedic, adventures are soon overshadowed by the bizarre streak of terror he unleashes upon the inhabitants of a small village.
Notable for its sheer invention, suspense, and psychological nuance, The Invisible Man continues to enthrall science-fiction fans today as it did the reading public nearly 100 years ago.

release date: Nov 29, 2014
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The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson's Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The first appearance in book form was published by William Heinemann of London in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon. The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to the southern country outside London. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events as they deteriorate in the capital, forcing him to escape the Martian onslaught by boarding a paddle steamer near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.
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release date: Nov 29, 2015
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The Future in America: A Search After Realities
What the visiting foreigner takes away from America -will always hear a fixed proportion to what he brings. “I felt instinctively," says Mr. Wells,‘ "that Boston could never possibly understand the light traveling of a philosophical carpet-beggar." He makes no secret, indeed, of his conviction that the Bostonians do not know what to forget. We find him impatient of pilgrimages to Mount Vernon and Concord and other shrines, excusing himself on the ground that the English are such a young people.
This is in sharp contrast, of course, to the mood of Mr. Bryce, but it may be doubted whether any book written about us since the appearance of the “American Commonwealth” has been quite so well worthwhile. Mr. Bryce remembered everything; Mr. Wells contrives to forget everything save his consuming interest in the future of mankind upon this planet, and in America’s probable part in the shaping of that future. Divested to a wonderful degree of national prejudice, of literary preoccupation, of leisure even (for he was here only seven weeks), our visitor brought with him a very keen pair of eyes and the gift, moreover, of picturesque and effective presentation. His book is a bold, strongly drawn cartoon, in which the lines, though not always right perhaps, are at least consistent and inspiring.
To the European eye, our continent is still unpopulated, despite its urban congestion. Our people are roughly prosperous, not yet consciously defeated in the economic struggle, and childishly delighted with growth –not with mere having, as some observers think, but with growing bigger and bigger.
A sight in Alderman Kenna’s saloon of the base and coarse faces of those who have no ideals and yet have votes has brought vividly home to our author the alternative with us for private ownership. “If public services are to be taken out of the hands of such associations of financiers as the Standard Oil group they have to be put in the hands of politicians resting at last upon this sort of basis. Therein resides the impossibility of socialism in America-as the case for socialism is put at present." Wise socialist to see it!
Is the future in America, as Mr. Wells forecasts it, hopeful or the reverse? He sees dangers in our plutocracy and in our immigration. We might stagnate like China or decay like Rome. “An illiterate, shortsighted America would be America doomed."
But we are not illiterate. Our ten cent magazines are so far superior to those sold in England for six-pence that he has hopes of us. “It is these millions of readers who make the American problem, and the problem of Europe and the world today, unique and incalculable, who provide a cohesive and reasonable and pacifying medium the Old World did not know.
The Charity Organization Review, Vol. 18 [1907]
release date: Sep 01, 2016
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H. G. Wells: The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds (1898), by H. G. Wells, is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars. It is one of the earliest and best-known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth, and has influenced many others, as well as spawning several films, radio dramas, comic book adaptations, and a television series based on the story. The 1938 radio broadcast caused public outcry against the episode, as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress, a notable example of mass hysteria.
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release date: Sep 08, 2004
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Five Great Science Fiction Novels (Dover Thrift Editions)
Here, in an attractive gift box, are unabridged editions of the five most popular science-fiction novels of H. G. Wells: The First Men in the Moon, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau,and The War of the Worlds. Five remarkably prescient works by the "father" of modern science fiction include The First Men in the Moon, a 1901 novel about lunar life; The Invisible Man, the story of a scientist whose experiments take a terrifying turn; The Time Machine, a journey into the future; The Island of Dr. Moreau, the exploits of a mad surgeon; and The War of the Worlds, a grippingly realistic tale of hostile invaders from Mars.
release date: Jan 12, 1996
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The Island of Dr. Moreau (Dover Thrift Editions)

Considered one of the fathers of science fiction, H. G. Wells (1866–1946) brought enormous inventiveness and an underlying social vision and moral concern to his strange tales and bizarre imaginings. A student of Darwinian biology, he formed his romantic conceptions of the scientific world at an early age.
This novel, one of his first forays into the science fiction genre, concerns a mad surgeon-turned-vivisectionist who, in his laboratory on a remote island, performs ghoulish experiments in an attempt to transform animals into men, with monstrous results. It is one of Wells' earliest and most sinister personifications of the scientific quest to control and manipulate the natural world, and, ultimately, human nature itself.
First published in 1896, The Island of Dr. Moreau has intrigued and horrified readers for generations. It will gain legions of new fans in this inexpensive Dover edition.

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release date: Nov 03, 2010
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HG Wells Classic Collection I
This collection includes The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon and The Invisible Man - all collected in a stunning leather-bound omnibus.

Five of the best science fiction novels by the Grandfather of Science Fiction: unsurpassed in their timeless capacity to thrill and transfix, these are tales that reach to the heart of human ambition, fear, intelligence and hope.

The Time Machine was Wells' first major piece of fiction: a haunting vision of a far future earth orbiting a sun cooling to extinction.

The War of the Worlds: still considered by many to be the best novel of alien invasion ever written

The Island of Doctor Moreau: with its terrible creation The House of Pain, this tale anticipated our terror of genetic engineering.

The Invisible Man: the classic study of scientific hubris.

The First Men in the Moon: a Scientific Romance, a fantastical voyage a dystopian nightmare revealed.
release date: Mar 17, 2015
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Canterbury Classics Box Set
The haunting stories of Edgar Allan Poe, classic fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm, and futuristic adventures by H. G. Wells and Jules Verne are all included in these seven deluxe volumes of the most popular classic literature money can buy. Adults and children alike fill many an afternoon enjoying the social satire of Jane Austen, whimsical stories of Lewis Carroll, or solving mysteries with the mastermind Sherlock Holmes. Each book is beautifully finished in bonded leather with gilt edges—perfect to start your home library classic literature collection. The ribbon bookmark ensures you never lose your place!
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release date: Sep 15, 2015
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The Time Machine (Classics Illustrated)
Well's science fiction of time travel, and his protagonist's adventures in the future. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in colorful comic strip form, providing an excellent introduction for younger readers. Also includes theme discussions and study questions.
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