Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."
John Clute is the co-editor of The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction with Peter Nicholls.
He had just come to realize that Stalin was a dictator, not a champion of socialism.
So in summary, `The Shape Of Things To Come' is a difficult book that doesn't necessarily reward you for the effort you're required to put in.
The introduction is supposed to be written by H. G. Wells himself who serves as the "transcriber" of Dr. Philip Raven's manuscripts.
Like other reviewers, I did not know this book existed in print until I found it. The fact that I prolific writer has a book that gathers cobwebs in bookstores should have been a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JMack
"The Shape of Things to Come" is many things but most importantly it is H.G. Wells' last significant work. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo
This seems to be the ramblings of a man that is just writing the first thing that comes into his mind. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Howard
The book binding was attractive. The subject of the book was interesting to Me. From what I could see in the book, it made Me curious about what was on the next page.Published 8 months ago by Timothy Allen Love
This is for my 11 year old son and he loves it. I liked design and how all of his 5 or six books designed in the same style. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Timothy
It is not the same story as the one that reached the screen in Cameron Menzie's now cult 1936 film. They just used the
title even though Wes himself worked on the screenplay. Read more
This book was interesting to read. It was delivered straight to my tablet so I did not have to wait for it to be shipped.Published 10 months ago by llana navarro
Reading Wells' biography, I think I understand where he came from and why he wrote what he did.
Wells' parents were at best lower middle class and hadn't a clue how to... Read more
I love several of HG Wells novels. The First Men in the Moon, the War in the Air, the Time Machine are some of my favorite literary works. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by history buff