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H.G. Wells: The Complete Short Story Collection Paperback – October 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 636 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453723781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453723784
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,770,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rerevisionist on June 26, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Wells (according to his Experiment in Autobiography) kept a card index of ideas for short stories. He'd pick a card and work up the idea into a story. He wrote at a time when magazines and journals were multiplying - they therefore needed material. I'll look at just a few of the sixty-three stories here:-

The Time Machine - this made Wells's name, in 1895. Incidentally the equipment is Victorian glass and brass, with bicycle power, and the whole indoor scene lit by candlelight.

The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic - about the 'phenomenal unnaturalness of acting'. Very amusing story about a critic who ultimately can't help expressing himself in the emotional symbolism of theatrical conventions, such as "be kaynd to her."

A Slip Under the Microscope is about cheating in examinations, and also about rivalry between social classes of students.

Little Mother up the Morderburg is one of Wells's only two attempts as far as I know at a Munchhausen style of tale.

The Story of the Last Trump - variation on a Biblical idea. The last trump carelessly falls to earth and is found by a Wells hero in a junk shop. He promptly blows it, and the 'Last Judgment' begins. Another very attractive story.

The Grisly Folk is an attempt to write up the clash between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens - assuming this ever happened.

The Star (1910) is Wells's fictional account of a comet approaching dangerously near the earth.

The Truth About Pyecraft is an extraordinarily skilful story about a fat club bore who wants to lose weight. In true Wells's style, there is genuine science fiction here, based on the confusion between 'mass' and 'weight'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 25, 2013
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Do you desire to have and read every short story by the great sci-fi master? This collection is what you should get. It has every short story ever written by Wells in a nice package.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fantasyfan on October 29, 2012
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H.G Wells will still be read in one hundred years time. His stories are not just about technological advances and dream machines. They are about the human condition and how it is and is not shaped by the world.
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