H. G. Wells, who is one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time was quoted as saying the following; “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
I think most writers can relate to that quote. Though writing can be fulfilling --especially after it is finished, and you have a few good reviews –it can also be a rather daunting task when you’re writing it. The story doesn’t always unfold the way we want it to and the right words sometimes elude us. But, luckily, there are also those times when the right words come to mind quicker than we can type them out. Those are the magical times.
There are a couple of things that make what Mr. Wells said so remarkable. One is the overwhelming amount of material that he put out in his lifetime, both fiction and non-fiction. Until I had read his biography, I didn’t know that he was such a prolific writer. To be honest I am only familiar with, “The time machine, The war of the worlds, The invisible man and The Island of Doctor Moreau.” Two, one should consider the time in that he lived. He didn’t have a computer to work with. There was no copy and paste or any of the other great things a processor can do. In fact, the manual typewriter had just come out a year after his birth. Which meant he had to either do his whole book in shorthand or work it out on the manual.
A few things about Mr. Wells. H. G. Wells was born Herbert George Wells in 1866 and died in 1946. In 1884 he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. His earliest specialist training was in biology.
Mr. Wells is best known for his science fiction novels. He is often called the father of science fiction along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.
His first novel was “The time machine.” If you haven’t read it or seen the movie(s) it is about a society that is divided into two classes. There were the subterranean workers – the morlocks, and the decadent Elei.
A few other novels were published in order.
(1895) The wonderful visit
(1896) The island of Doctor Moreau
(1897) The invisible man
(1898) The war of the worlds
(1899) When the sleeper wakes
(1901) The first men in the moon
There are numerous books and articles written by H. G. Wells both fiction and non-fiction. One website that I have found allows one to download the works of H. G. Wells for free. It is gutenberg.org. You might want to check it out and see what you think.
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