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H.G. Wells Born Herbert George Wells on September 21, 1866, in Kent, England “The Man Who Invented Tomorrow” “The Father of Science Fiction” Known for.

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1 H.G. Wells Born Herbert George Wells on September 21, 1866, in Kent, England “The Man Who Invented Tomorrow” “The Father of Science Fiction” Known for “scientific romances” A visionary and early pioneer of science fiction

2 First Titles The Time Machine (1895) was his first novel=instant success The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) The Invisible Man (1897) The War of the Worlds (1898)

3 Radio Scare The War of the Worlds was adapted into a story for broadcast radio. It was aired on Halloween night, 1938, and read by Orson Welles. It caused general panic because audiences thought the descriptions of aliens attacking New Jersey represented actual news.

4 Scientific Vision Wells had a strong background in science from the Normal School of Science He accurately foretold a number of important scientific – Chemical warfare – Computer chips – Women’s rights – Splitting the atom/atom bombs

5 Timeline 1851: Jules Verne=A Voyage in a Balloon 1861-1865: Civil War 1876: Alexander Graham Bell=telephone 1880=First electric lights 1886: Robert Louis Stevenson=Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde 1895: Wells=The Time Machine 1896: First modern-day Olympics 1905: Einstein=Special Theory of Relativity 1906: First radio program with voice and music 1908: Henry Ford= Model T 1912: Sinking of Titanic 1914: Beginning of WWI

6 “The Crystal Egg” Written in 1899. A shopkeeper, living a dreary life, discovers he has a window into another world. His discovery transforms his life. Is this discovery positive or negative for humanity?


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