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A Good Place To Start

The Time Machine 2
The War of the Worlds 1

A Bad Place To Start

The War of the Worlds 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

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mkiker2089 May 31st, 2006 10:31 PM PST

You know some of the stories but you may not have read any of them. First, if you are going to buy a book there are several anthologies of his short storeis, which would be a good way to gat started. One lovely harback edition ISBN 0890092087 for example has the stories as printed in the original magazines, with illustrations.

Now as for stories, I'd say The Time Machine or First Men in the Moon. Personally I found the style of War of the Worlds a bit hard to get through so save it for a while. It's a bit dry and there are parts of it where the descriptions verge into the long winded.

emac52 June 26th, 2007 07:28 AM PST

I have to agree that you will probably know some of these stories, even if you haven't read them. However, personally, I loved War of the Worlds, and I think that it has stood the test of time well. We may now know that 'life' on Mars isn't really a threat, but still the menace and fear of the unknown is as relevant today as it was 100+ years ago.


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Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 August 13, 1946) was a British writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Time Machine. However, he was arguably one of the most prolific writers in the history of literature, and wrote works in nearly every genre, including short stories and nonfiction. He was an outspoken socialist, and most of his works contain some notable political or social commentary.

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