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In The Days Of The Comet
William “Willie” Leadford is a brash and rebellious young socialist smitten with a young woman named Nettie, whom he has grown up knowing since childhood. Both are a part of the English lower classes at the dawn of the 20th century at a time when England and Germany have gone to war. As the story unfolds a comet has been observed on a collision course with the Earth. More distressing to Willie, Nettie has run off with another man named Verrall who is ...
The First Men in the Moon
One of H.G. Wells classic novels, The First Men in the Moon was his story of mankind's initial journey to and contact with life on the moon. Misters Bedford and Cavor travel via a spherical spaceship. Mr. Cavor designs the ship after discovering an elementary material that shields the Earth's gravity therefore providing the propulsion needed to launch the craft. The journey is difficult as is the lunar landing. The men are amazed at their enhanced ab...
The Food of the Gods
While one of H.G. Wells' lesser-known works, The Food of the Gods has been retold in many forms in Science Fiction novels and films for the past century. It is the cautionary tale of scientists tampering with nature with the disastrous result of giant animals at large. Mr. Bensington and Mr. Redwood create a new food material, Herakleophorbia, later called Boomfood, they hope will have beneficial uses to mankind. They set up the Experimental Farm, man...
The History of Mr Polly
Alfred Polly is apprenticed to a large hosiery and gentleman's outfitting shop as a boy of 14. He resents having to working for someone else, and when one of his friends rebels against the management in spectacular fashion and leaves, he decides it is time to move on. After his father dies and leaves him a generous bequest, he purchases his own outfitters shop in Fishbourne, a quiet town in south-east England. At about the same time he marries, but he...

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The Invisible Man
The story "The Invisible Man" is about a scientist who finds away to turn things invisible. At the beginning of the book, he has already turned himself invisible and wears bandages over his face and body just so he can be seen. No one can see a single piece of his skin. He goes to a small town and checks into a hotel, where he makes the staff meat tedious standards. He hardly ever leaves his room and keeps it locked at all times. Then, he is for...
The Island of Dr. Moreau
The Island of Dr. Moreau begins with three men afloat aboard a dingy after the sinking of the Lady Vain. Two struggle and fall overboard in the throes of madness leaving only the narrator, Edward Prendick. Nearly dead when found, he is picked up by the captain and crew of the vessel Ipecacuanha. Prendick, a doctor, is then nursed to health by Mr. Montgomery, who is a passenger aboard the ship, accompanied by a strange looking black-faced man and a me...
The Time Machine
The Time Traveler is certain he has created a device for moving forward and backward through the dimension of time. He proposes that his colleagues that they return next week for supper and they will be given proof. Filby returns to find that they are all at the house waiting in anticipation. Finally, the Time Traveler arrives in a disheveled state, covered in dirt and dust insisting on dining before he will recount his adventure to the group. He has...
War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells' classic novel The War of the Worlds is a far cry from the film or the radio broadcast (by Orson Wells) of the same name. In England at the turn of the century, the observation of bright fires on Mars over several nights sets off mild speculation until large metallic cylinders begin crashing down about the English countryside. The cylinders are found to have a lid at one end that unscrews once sufficiently cooled. The Martians appear and th...


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