Books by H.G. WELLS
The novel was first published in 1898 and is one of the earliest stories detailing a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The protagonist lives in Surrey, England, and has a younger bother living in London as Southern England is invaded by Martians. The novel has remained both popular and influential for over a century, spawning half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, various comic book adaptations, a television series, and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. It has even influenced the work of scientists, notably Robert Goddard, who (inspired by the book) invented both the liquid fuelled rocket and multistage rocket, which resulted in the Apollo 11 moon landing 71 years later.
Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946), known as H.G. Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and is called the father of science fiction, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in four different years.