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Best Science Fiction Stories of H. G. Wells [Paperback]

H. G. Wells
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Oct. 27 2011
It is now more than 70 years since H. G. Wells founded modern science-fiction with the brilliant succession of novels and short stories that ended in the first decade of this century. Even though two generations have gone by since these stories were first written, they still remain in the first rank. It is safe to say that very few writers have equaled Wells's achievement, and no one has excelled it. The stories of H. G. Wells are a timeless achievement that stand as high as they ever have.
This present collection contains the best of H. G. Wells's science-fiction short stories: favorites like "The Crystal Egg," "Aepyornis Island," "The Strange Orchid," "The Man Who Could Work Miracles," "A Dream of Armageddon," "The Sea Raiders," and eleven other tales about fourth-dimensional adventure, biological monstrosities, marvelous inventions, time distortions, cosmic catastrophe, and similar events.
In addition to these seventeen short stories, several of which could be called short novels, the full novel "The Invisible Man" is also included. One of the most popular of Wells's stories, as a serious study of egotism it ranks as high as it does as a science-fiction thriller.

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A pioneer of science fiction, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) wrote thrilling adventures about time travel, space exploration, alien invasion, and scientific experiments gone awry. His tales of obsession, revelation, and discovery remain compellingly readable and relevant.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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For any s/f devotee, particularly Wells fans, this book is a must. It is an absolute feast for the mind, disclosing any number of fictional but feasible possibilities, and how people cope with their unexpected benefits and dangers. Most of the stories are tightly written, boldly imaginative, and always entertaining. I and couldn't put it down, even after I had read it through the first time.

By way of examples, in separate stories, you will encounter a lost Inca kingdom where no one has eyes; two chemists who discover an alkaloid so powerful that men who ingest become equipped with the power to move at super speed; orchids that anesthetize people and suck their blood; ants that become intelligent and drive people out of the tropics in South America: how the Earth barely ecapes destruction when two planets collide and pass by on their way to the Sun; the tale of the first adventurer to descend into the ocean depths, the man who discovers the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden, and on, and on, and on.
In typical Wellsian fashion, each story is festooned with those small details giving examples of careful though and review. for example in "The New Accelerator", the author is careful to not how the men's clothing becomes singed because they move so fast.
The number of things Wells envisons that have since come to exist include paved highways, powered flight, descent to the bottom of the sea in steel globes, and many more. It is perhaps ths aspect of the book that is the most fascinating.
For entertainment and intellectual stimulation from s/f, Wells is hard to beat. This book is very highly recommended. DON'T LOAN IT OUT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love H.G. Wells Nov. 19 2007
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If you love H.G. Wells and have the urge to want to own The Invisible Man and read short stories from this great king of science fiction I suggest buying this inexpensive book.
The 17 short stories included take up 178 pages, here is a list of them. I know I wanted to know.
The Crystal Egg, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The Plattner Story, The Strange Orchid, The New Accelerator, The Diamond Maker, The Apple, The Purple Pileus, A Dream of Armageddon, Aepyornis Island, In the Abyss, The Star, The Lord of the Dynamos, The Story of Davidson's Eyes, In the Avu Observatory, The Sea Raiders, and Filmer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love H.G. Wells Nov. 19 2007
By Joseph Carere - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love H.G. Wells and have the urge to want to own The Invisible Man and read short stories from this great king of science fiction I suggest buying this inexpensive book.
The 17 short stories included take up 178 pages, here is a list of them. I know I wanted to know.
The Crystal Egg, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The Plattner Story, The Strange Orchid, The New Accelerator, The Diamond Maker, The Apple, The Purple Pileus, A Dream of Armageddon, Aepyornis Island, In the Abyss, The Star, The Lord of the Dynamos, The Story of Davidson's Eyes, In the Avu Observatory, The Sea Raiders, and Filmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tremendous imaginative power of a truly great mind. Nov. 20 2003
By Jerald R Lovell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For any s/f devotee, particularly Wells fans, this book is a must. It is an absolute feast for the mind, disclosing any number of fictional but feasible possibilities, and how people cope with their unexpected benefits and dangers. Most of the stories are tightly written, boldly imaginative, and always entertaining. I and couldn't put it down, even after I had read it through the first time.

By way of examples, in separate stories, you will encounter a lost Inca kingdom where no one has eyes; two chemists who discover an alkaloid so powerful that men who ingest become equipped with the power to move at super speed; orchids that anesthetize people and suck their blood; ants that become intelligent and drive people out of the tropics in South America: how the Earth barely ecapes destruction when two planets collide and pass by on their way to the Sun; the tale of the first adventurer to descend into the ocean depths, the man who discovers the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge in Eden, and on, and on, and on.
In typical Wellsian fashion, each story is festooned with those small details giving examples of careful though and review. for example in "The New Accelerator", the author is careful to not how the men's clothing becomes singed because they move so fast.
The number of things Wells envisons that have since come to exist include paved highways, powered flight, descent to the bottom of the sea in steel globes, and many more. It is perhaps ths aspect of the book that is the most fascinating.
For entertainment and intellectual stimulation from s/f, Wells is hard to beat. This book is very highly recommended. DON'T LOAN IT OUT.
4.0 out of 5 stars Listing of stories in the anthology Aug. 2 2013
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
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The invisible man
The crystal egg
The man who could work miracles
The Plattner story
The strange orchid
The new accelerator
The diamond maker
The apple
the purple pileus
A dream of Armageddon
Aepyornis Island
In the abyss
The star
The lord of the dynamos
The story of Davidson's eyes
In the Avu Observatory
The sea raiders
Filmer
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for all of you Sci-Fi Lovers March 24 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
All books written by Wells has proven themselves worth their salt as all time sci-fi classics. This collection of stories is sure to please all of the most avid readers expecting great imagination.
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