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H. G. Wells was a prolific writer who lived from 1866 to 1946. He was one of the earliest writers of science fiction and helped to popularize the genre.

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Kurd Lasswitz — a war between Earth and Mars published a year before Wells' — any indication of influence?

What was the first science fiction story that showed a successful alien conquest of the Earth? Until I read an answer to the above question, I had never heard of Kurd Lasswitz. He is notable to me for ...
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Did H. G. Wells use artificial intelligence in any story?

My sense is that he did not. In fact the closest he comes is in The Island of Doctor Moreau. The Martian machines needed pilots.
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Was War of the Worlds the first science fiction to discuss bacteria/viruses?

While the way the Earth is saved by microorganisms seems naïve perhaps today, I suspect that the idea of microorganisms affecting aliens was very new since it was not even completely accepted that ...
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Did H.G. Wells invent the idea of Martian intelligence surpassing Earthly intelligence?

In the opening lines of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898) is the sentence. Yet so vain is man, and so blinded by his vanity, that no writer, up to the very end of the nineteenth century, ...
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Why in George Pal's film "The time machine" a sudden stop of the machine causes a rain?

in George Pal's film "The Time Machine", based on the novella by H.G. Wells, there is a scene in which the protagonist stops his machine abruptly after having been travelling towards the future at ...
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Prequel to First Men in the Moon?

In the first chapter of First Men in the Moon, Wells writes: And this book is the sequel. The Wikipedia page for First Men says it is preceded by Love and Mr Lewisham, however, the plot of Love ...
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Are there any adaptations of War of the Worlds that correctly depict the unusual locomotive method of the Martian tripods?

I have assumed that I don't need to spoiler any of this, given the publication date. In HG Wells' "The War of the Worlds", the way the Martian tripods move is first described in this quote: "Can ...
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Can "Time Ships" be read without "Time Machine"?

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter is a continuation of The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. I haven't read either book, but I have read a little information about both. I find The Time Ships far more ...
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In The Time Machine, why does Wells leave the protagonist unnamed?

H. G. Wells leaves the main character of his novel The Time Machine without a name. The two times that he would have given a name, it was replaced with underlines. Why would he do this?
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Was the Doctor's name inspired by the Time Traveler's name from The Time Machine?

Is there any evidence that the Doctor's name was inspired by the Time Traveler's name from H.G. Well's The Time Machine? Both are time travelers who go by a title. Neither's real name is ever revealed....
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Did "The World Set Free" inspire the creation of nuclear weapons?

I recently discovered that the term "atomic bomb" was from the H. G. Wells novel The World Set Free. Although not the intention of the novel, did it inadvertently inspire the creation of such weapons?...
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