History Creator / HGWells

16th Jun '16 4:26:15 PM SoapheadChurch
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In his later life, he turned more toward what he thought society should be like; fictional {{Utopia}}s and {{Dystopia}}s and nonfiction books on socialist thought alike. Though Wells thought of these works as more important, it's his early stuff that's thought of as classic, at least in part because it is generally better written. Creator/CSLewis famously compared him to [[Literature/TheBible Esau]], saying that just as the latter had sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, so Wells traded his talent for a pot of message.

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In his later life, he turned more toward what he thought society should be like; fictional {{Utopia}}s and {{Dystopia}}s and nonfiction books on socialist thought alike. Though Wells thought of these works as more important, it's his early stuff that's thought of as classic, at least in part because it is generally better written. Creator/CSLewis Creator/GKChesterton famously compared him to [[Literature/TheBible Esau]], saying that just as the latter had sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, so Wells traded his talent for a pot of message.
15th Apr '16 9:56:29 AM Pren
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His life had quite the BittersweetEnding, as he was very worried about the rise of Nazism and warned that it might just lead to an apocalypse like the ones he'd written about, which can make it a relief that he lived long enough to see the end of World War II...until you realize this also means one of the last major scientific achievements he witnessed was the atomic bomb.
27th Jan '16 7:54:21 AM jake38
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Many of his novels were written in the first person, narrated by an unnamed character. In many adaptations, ''The Time Machine'''s unnamed time-traveler is H.G. Wells himself, which has led to [[Film/TimeAfterTime other works]] using the real-life Wells as a time-travelling character. Or, occasionally, [[{{Series/Warehouse13}} a sometimes-evil sometimes-heroic 150-year-old time-travelling bisexual woman]], but that's a whole other kettle of fish.

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Many of his novels were written in the first person, narrated by an unnamed character. In many adaptations, ''The Time Machine'''s unnamed time-traveler is H.G. Wells himself, which has led to [[Film/TimeAfterTime other works]] using the real-life Wells as a time-travelling character. Or, occasionally, [[{{Series/Warehouse13}} a sometimes-evil sometimes-heroic 150-year-old time-travelling bisexual woman]], but that's a whole other kettle of fish.
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25th Nov '15 10:54:56 AM Geoduck
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** In "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" Fotheringay orders the sun to not set. The wish-granting force, whatever it is, accomplishes this by abruptly halting the Earth's rotation. Just the Earth itself, not [[ApocalypseHow anything currently on the Earth's surface]].



* LiteralGenie: In "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" has numerous examples of this, culminating in Fotheringay ordering the sun to not set. The wish-granting force, whatever it is, accomplishes this by abruptly halting the Earth's rotation. Just the Earth itself, not [[ApocalypseHow anything currently on the Earth's surface]].
* TheMissionary: One appears at the end of "Jimmy Goggles the God".



* RealityEnsues: Despite the comments above, his story "The New Accelerator" attempts to realistically show the dangers that would result if someone were to develop the ability to move at super-speed. (ie, clothes catching on fire due to the friction.)

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* RealityEnsues: Despite the comments comparisons between him and Verne above, his story "The New Accelerator" attempts to realistically show the dangers that would result if someone were to develop the ability to move at super-speed. (ie, clothes catching on fire due to the friction.)



* ResetButton: After the ExactWords incident above, Fotheringay ''very'' carefully makes one last wish that results in this.

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** RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: Yeah. See above.
* ResetButton: After the ExactWords LiteralGenie incident above, Fotheringay ''very'' carefully makes one last wish that results in this.
25th Nov '15 10:18:53 AM Geoduck
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* BoobyTrap: The poisonous thorns attached to "The Treasure in the Forest".



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The passing of "The Star" through the Solar System inflicts this on humanity.

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* DrunkWithPower: Fotheringay gets more and more extravagant with his wishes. It ends very badly.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The passing of "The Star" through the Solar System inflicts this on humanity.humanity, stopping just short of an EarthShatteringKaboom.



* GodGuise: "Jimmy Goggles the God" has a character unwillingly becoming the god of a tribe of rather xenophobic tropical natives thanks to the primitive diving suit he's wearing when he encounters them.

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* GodGuise: "Jimmy Goggles the God" has a character unwillingly becoming the god of a tribe of rather xenophobic tropical natives thanks to the primitive diving suit he's wearing when he encounters them. ("Jimmy Goggles" is the nickname that the suit is given before the encounter.)



* OutDamnedSpot: In "The Moth", a probably illusionary moth haunts the protagonist following the rather pitiful death of his scientific rival, finally landing him in an insane asylum.

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* OutDamnedSpot: In "The Moth", a probably illusionary moth haunts the protagonist following the rather pitiful death of his hated scientific rival, finally landing him in an insane asylum.


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* SacrificialPlanet: Neptune gets destroyed in "The Star". And at the very end, Earth essentially becomes this, at least as far as observing Martian astronomers are concerned.
24th Nov '15 4:42:07 PM Geoduck
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* ForScience: Sort of the attitude of the protagonists of "The New Accelerator"; as the story ends, they are rather casually preparing to mass-produce and sell a product which will likely upend human society in countless ways. (See below under "Super Speed".)
* GodGuise: "Jimmy Goggles the God" has a character unwillingly becoming the god of a tribe of rather xenophobic tropical natives thanks to the primitive diving suit he's wearing when he encounters them.


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* OutDamnedSpot: In "The Moth", a probably illusionary moth haunts the protagonist following the rather pitiful death of his scientific rival, finally landing him in an insane asylum.


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* SuperSpeed: As noted, "The New Accelerator" depicts the narrator helping a scientist test the latter's new formula that induces this ability in humans.
* TreasureMap: One appears in "The Treasure in the Forest".
24th Nov '15 4:18:47 PM Geoduck
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* AdaptionDecay: Films made from his work often suffer from this, two particularly flagrant examples by Creator/BertIGordon are ''The Empire of the Ants'' and ''Film/TheFoodOfTheGods''.
* AdaptionExpansion: The 1936 film version of ''The Man Who Could Work Miracles'', whose script Wells contributed to, expands on the adventures of the eponymous George [=McWhirter=] Fotheringay (and gives an explicit source to his sudden powers).

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* AdaptionDecay: AdaptationDecay: Films made from his work often suffer from this, two particularly flagrant examples by Creator/BertIGordon are ''The Empire of the Ants'' and ''Film/TheFoodOfTheGods''.
* AdaptionExpansion: AdaptationExpansion: The 1936 film version of ''The Man Who Could Work Miracles'', whose script Wells contributed to, expands on the adventures of the eponymous George [=McWhirter=] Fotheringay (and gives an explicit source to his sudden powers).



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The passing of "The Star" inflicts this on humanity.
** As implied by the title, "A Dream of Armageddon" has a character relating his vivid vision of a future world being consumed by war.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The passing of "The Star" through the Solar System inflicts this on humanity.
** As implied by the title, "A Dream of Armageddon" has a character relating his vivid vision of a future world being consumed by global war.


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* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: The narrator speculates that "The Crystal Egg" is an example of this, sent from Mars to allow that planet's inhabitants to (evidently idly) view life on Earth.
24th Nov '15 4:08:40 PM Geoduck
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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "The Empire of the Ants" has an army of intelligent, unstoppable ants that are slowly moving towards England.

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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "The Empire of the Ants" has an army of intelligent, unstoppable (albeit normal-sized) ants that are slowly moving towards England.conquering the Amazon region of South America; the narrator ends with a prediction that they'll reach Europe within a few decades.
** Also packs of predatory squid-creatures in "The Sea Raiders" and migrating spiders in, well, "The Valley of the Spiders".
* AdaptionDecay: Films made from his work often suffer from this, two particularly flagrant examples by Creator/BertIGordon are ''The Empire of the Ants'' and ''Film/TheFoodOfTheGods''.
* AdaptionExpansion: The 1936 film version of ''The Man Who Could Work Miracles'', whose script Wells contributed to, expands on the adventures of the eponymous George [=McWhirter=] Fotheringay (and gives an explicit source to his sudden powers).



* ExactWords: In "The Truth about Pyecraft" the fat Pyecraft drank an Indian potion "Loss of Weight". (The narrator describes it as "committing the sin of euphemism".) Instead of making him thinner the potion decreased his mass, making his body behave like a balloon. Since the lift of a man-sized balloon cannot be as strong as described, even for a very fat man, his gravitational mass may have become negative.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The passing of "The Star" inflicts this on humanity.
** As implied by the title, "A Dream of Armageddon" has a character relating his vivid vision of a future world being consumed by war.
* ExactWords: In "The Truth about Pyecraft" the fat Pyecraft drank drinks an Indian potion which promotes "Loss of Weight". (The narrator describes it as "committing the sin of euphemism".) Instead of making him thinner the potion decreased decreases his mass, making his body behave like a balloon. Since the lift of a man-sized balloon cannot be as strong as described, even for a very fat man, his gravitational mass may have become negative.negative.
** In "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" Fotheringay orders the sun to not set. The wish-granting force, whatever it is, accomplishes this by abruptly halting the Earth's rotation. Just the Earth itself, not [[ApocalypseHow anything currently on the Earth's surface]].
* KarmicDeath: The protagonists in "The Treasure in the Forest".



* RealityWarper: The title character of "The Man Who Could Work Miracles".

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* RealityEnsues: Despite the comments above, his story "The New Accelerator" attempts to realistically show the dangers that would result if someone were to develop the ability to move at super-speed. (ie, clothes catching on fire due to the friction.)
* RealityWarper: The title character of "The Man Who Could Work Miracles".Fotheringay again.
* ResetButton: After the ExactWords incident above, Fotheringay ''very'' carefully makes one last wish that results in this.
30th Apr '15 7:24:30 AM fusilcontrafusil
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He is also considered a founding father of commercial [[WarGaming wargames]]. He and some of his (adult) friends started playing with toy soldiers, and starting codifying rules. He felt it was better than fighting a real war, because "Tin soldiers don't leave behind tin widows and tin orphans." Wells eventually published ''Little Wars'' which contains the story of the creation of the game, the many balance and GameBreaker issues they ran into, and a suggested set of large scale miniature rules. ''Little Wars'' is still required reading for prospective game designers. Another over-looked aspect of his life is that in his 'middle period' from around 1900-1920 he authored fiction that mostly lacked any science-fiction elements, such as ''Anne Veronica'' and ''The History of Mr. Polly''.

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He is also considered a founding father of commercial [[WarGaming wargames]]. He and some of his (adult) adult friends started playing with toy soldiers, and starting codifying rules. He felt it was better than fighting a real war, because "Tin soldiers don't leave behind tin widows and tin orphans." Wells eventually published ''Little Wars'' which contains the story of the creation of the game, the many balance and GameBreaker issues they ran into, and a suggested set of large scale miniature rules. ''Little Wars'' is still required reading for prospective game designers. Another over-looked aspect of his life is that in his 'middle period' from around 1900-1920 he authored fiction that mostly lacked any science-fiction elements, such as ''Anne Veronica'' and ''The History of Mr. Polly''.



* WarGaming: He invented "Little Wars", [[http://kotaku.com/5944058/hg-wells-practically-invented-modern-tabletop-wargaming an early example]] of a tabletop wargame, played with toy soldiers and toy cannons.
30th Apr '15 7:21:06 AM fusilcontrafusil
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* WarGaming: He invented "Little Wars", [[http://kotaku.com/5944058/hg-wells-practically-invented-modern-tabletop-wargaming an early example]] of a tabletop wargame, played with toy soldiers and toy cannons.
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