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The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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These tales show imagination and all are beautifully written in Wells' classical style. One of H.G. Wells' biggest strengths is his ability to paint a picture with words. The reader is very much able to visualize what is going on, whithout being told every single detail.
A must read collection for fans of H.G. Wells and classic SciFi alike.
Personal favorites in this collection include "The Lord of the Dynamos", "Trough A Window", and "The Treasure in the Forest".
The collection opens with "The Stolen Bacillus", a short story which can definitely be considered science fiction. In this an unnamed visitor of a Bacteriologist preys on the Bacteriologists ego to boast about the dangerous strains of bacteria he has on hand. The visitor turns out to be an anarchist who steals a vial with bacteria to use as a weapon, resulting in a chase, with a surprise ending. Published originally in "The Pall Mall Budget" on June 21st of 1894, this story predicts the fears of terrorists using biological weapons.
The next story is "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid", another science fiction story, in which a man (Winter-Wedderburn) is tired of having an uneventful life and purchases some orchids from a collector who died, one of which is a very unusual specimen and provides him with an event in his life which he so desperately wanted. Published on August 2nd of 1894 in "The Pall Mall Budget", this story is an early example of using a previously unknown species as subject-matter.
Next up is "In The Avu Observatory", which was published on August 9th of 1894 in "The Pall Mall Budget".Read more ›
There are so many surprises in every story, things Wells predicted long before Science.
These early stories are fun night time reading. Some are better than others, though I have enjoyed every one.
Here is the table of contents:
The Stolen Bacillus, predicts the Small Pox scare -- what if someone unsavory got hold of a petri dish full of disease bacteria?
The Flowering of the Strange Orchid -- what if plants were to evolve a different method of getting nutrition?
In the Avu Observatory
The Triumphs of a Taxidermist
A Deal in Ostriches Through a Window
The Temptation of Harringay
The Flying Man
The Diamond Maker -- what happens to a man who learns to make diamonds in a home-made laboratory?
The Remarkable Case of Davidson’s Eyes
The Lord of the Dynamos
The Hammerpond Park Burglary
A Moth — Genus Novo
The Treasure in the Forest
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Many of these short stories seems underdeveloped and were very odd.Published 6 months ago by Ashley Villar
I have enjoyed Mr Wells' work in the past, but I found his skills lacking in the realm of the short story. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Deborah Bolin