History Creator / HGWells

12th May '18 7:25:24 PM costanton11
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* HeAlsoDid: Most famous for his science fiction, Wells also wrote numerous novels and short stories with no fantastical elements whatsoever, along with ''Little Wars'', a treatise on war gaming.


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* TropeNamer: He coined the first incarnation of what would later become the phrase "TheWarToEndAllWars", in a series of newspaper articles he wrote in August 1914 that were collected into the brochure ''The War That Will End War''.
16th Mar '18 1:32:42 PM Exxolon
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->''"Human history in essence is the history of ideas."''
1st Mar '18 5:51:31 PM HeroGal2347
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* WeightLossHorror: In "The Truth About Pyecraft", a very fat man takes a potion to lose weight. And he does but he doesn't actually become thinner. He just weighs less until he's floating up into the air like a large balloon.
3rd Dec '17 7:17:29 AM dlchen145
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Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) was a British ScienceFiction writer who, along with Creator/JulesVerne, defined the genre during the late 19th and early 20th century, and spawned many tropes, including the TimeMachine and the AlienInvasion.

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Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) (21 September 1866 13 August 1946) was a British ScienceFiction writer who, along with Creator/JulesVerne, defined the genre during the late 19th and early 20th century, and spawned many tropes, including the TimeMachine and the AlienInvasion.
5th Nov '17 8:29:10 PM Geoduck
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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "The Empire of the Ants" has an army of intelligent, unstoppable (albeit normal-sized) ants that are slowly conquering the Amazon region of South America; the narrator ends with a prediction that they'll reach Europe within a few decades.

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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: "The Empire of the Ants" has an army of intelligent, unstoppable (albeit normal-sized) ants that are slowly but relentlessly conquering the Amazon region of South America; the narrator ends with a prediction that they'll reach Europe within a few decades.



* TheAmazon: The setting for "The Empire of the Ants."
* TheBadGuyWins: As noted above, "The Empire of the Ants" ends with a grim prediction this will be the ultimate outcome.
* BugWar: "The Empire of the Ants", though the ants are far from a mindless swarm, which is what makes them so lethally dangerous.



* CruelTwistEnding: In "Empire of the Ants", the ants will keep marching, until they have escaped South America and taken over the world within half a century.


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* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The eponymous menace in "The Sea Raiders" is swarm of a previously-unknown species of squid which starts attacking humans along England's coast.


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* GrailInTheGarbage: "The Crystal Egg" turns up in a obscure second-hand store before being lost again, at least as far as the narrator and reader are concerned.
26th Oct '17 6:23:41 AM Arcorann
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* PerpetualMotionMachine: "A Tale of the Twentieth Century" is a humourous short story about a train that gets converted into one. Unfortunately, the brakes don't work...
12th Oct '17 1:57:30 PM Scorpion451
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* AndManGrewProud: a recurring theme in his work is that while technology represents some of the the best aspects of humanity, it can [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair just as easily be our undoing if used unwisely]].


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* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: a recurring theme in Wells's work is that while technology represents some of the the best aspects of humanity, it can just as easily be our undoing if used unwisely.
12th Oct '17 1:13:32 PM Scorpion451
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* AndManGrewProud: a recurring theme in his work is that while technology represents some of the the best aspects of humanity, it can [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair just as easily be our undoing if used unwisely]].


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* SpiritualSuccessor: "The Shape of Things to Come" to "The War in the Air", bordering on a StealthSequel. The first part of the former is essentially a BroadStrokes reworking of the final part of the latter, accounting for {{Science|MarchesOn}}, {{Technology|MarchesOn}}, and [[SocietyMarchesOn Society Marching On]].


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* TankGoodness: The UrExample in modern fiction can be found in Wells's short story "The Land Ironclads", which forsaw the tank's paradigm-shifting impact on warfare. Among the predictions is the potential for (newly invented at the time) continuous track systems to allow massive armed and armored vehicles to [[TheJuggernaut unstoppably plow over men and defenses alike]].


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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The setting for "The War in the Air" at the time it was written.
30th May '17 5:13:42 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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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/GKChesterton 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 (although he was a [[HypocriticalHumor fine one to talk]].)

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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/GKChesterton 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 (although he was a [[HypocriticalHumor fine one to talk]].)
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28th May '17 3:11:56 PM ProfessorGrimm
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As one of the founders of science fiction, he often shows up in modern sci-fi works as a HistoricalDomainCharacter. Notably he was played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell in the film ''Film/TimeAfterTime'' and was [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] for the SyFy series ''Series/Warehouse13''.
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