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H. G. Wells. Original Cover. Family. Wells was born into a poor family of shopkeepers in Kent in 1866 fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time shopkeeper and amateur cricketer) and his wife Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant),.

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h g wells

H. G. Wells

Original Cover

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Family

  • Wells was born into a poor family of shopkeepers in Kent in 1866
  • fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time shopkeeper and amateur cricketer) and his wife Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant),
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He left his teaching position when he was in his early thirties to write The Time Machine, which was published in 1895. 

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The huge success of this novel led him to follow his dreams of authorship as he continued to write science fiction novels with The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. 

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Womanizer?

  • In 1891 Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells
  • Left her in 1894 for one of his students, Amy Catherine Robbins, whom he married in 1895.
    • had two sons by Amy: George Philip (known as 'Gip') in 1901 and Frank Richard in 1903.[6]
  • During his marriage, had liaisons with a number of women
    • Margaret Sanger
    • and novelist Elizabeth von Arnim.
    • writer Amber Reeves
      • had a daughter, Anna-Jane
    • feminist Rebecca West, twenty-six years his junior
      • Had a son, Anthony West
    • had liaisons with Odette Keun and Moura Budberg.
an artist
An Artist?
  • As one method of self-expression, Wells tended to sketch a lot.
a player
A Player?
  • regarded by gamers and hobbyists as "the Father of Miniature War gaming."
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As he got older, Wells began predicting the end of society and died at the age of 80, soon after the detonation of the first atomic bomb. 
in death
In death…
  • Wells was a diabetic and a co-founder in 1934 of what is now Diabetes UK, the leading charity for people living with diabetes in the UK.
  • Some reports indicate the cause of death was diabetes or liver cancer.
works cited
Works Cited
  • http://www.novelguide.com/thetimemachine/index.html
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H_G_Wells
ray bradbury
Ray Bradbury
  • THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
  • THE ILLUSTRATED MAN
  • FAHRENHEIT 451
  • SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY
isaac asimov the three laws of robotics
Isaac Asimov The Three Laws of Robotics
  • The movie faithfully quotes Asimov's three laws of robotics:
  • A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
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"I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. For an impoverished child whose family could not afford to buy books, the library was the open door to wonder and achievement, and I can never be sufficiently grateful that I had the wit to charge through that door and make the most of it."

(from I. Asimov, 1994)