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"Wells is a prophet." -- New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Herbert George "H.G." Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was a British author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books and rules for war games. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction". --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809596652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809596652
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,797,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on March 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
H G Wells wrote and published this book of short stories in 1895; the first book he published, if I remember correctly. The writing style is typical Wells - just like he was sitting in front of you telling you a tale - and the stories themselves are quite entertaining. The topics range from an Anarchist set to destroy London by stealing a vial of cholera bacilla (the title story) to a man describing his time on a deserted island and how he hatched out an egg that had been preserved for 400 years. I think my favorite was the taxidermist story, just because it was really twisted :-) Give this book a try - it's a great introduction to the writings of a classic author of truly tremendous standing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Wilber on March 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this collection of 15 tales which range from a different way of looking at every day events, to high adventure (complete with buried treasure), mystery, magic, and science fiction. There is something for everyone in this collection.

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".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 29, 2011
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H. G. Wells is one of the most significant authors of science fiction and fantasy genera. He was a pioneering visionary and many of the themes and plot devices that he used in his stories and novels have become the standard staple of science fiction. It is almost impossible to think of a single standard science fiction plot premise that has not been in some way foreshadowed by H. G. Wells. The most prominent example of this is perhaps his novel "The War of the Worlds" which has been adapted numerous times, and hardly a year passes without a major Hollywood blockbuster that exploits the idea of the alien invasion.

This collection of short stories can be a very accessible introduction to the writings of H. G Wells. All of the stories are highly original and idiosyncratic, but a few familiar themes readily emerge - biological weapons, carnivorous plants, strange creatures in remote parts of the World, hallucinations and telepathic visions, etc. The stories are written in proper Victorian style, and can be a tad bit tedious at moments. Nonetheless, many of them are also infused with dry English humor that lightens them up. Some of the stories contain racial and other prejudices and unflattering descriptions, which can be jarring to modern sensibilities. Hopefully, however, the reader can look beyond those idiosyncrasies and view them as a reflection of a different age. These are after all pretty entertaining stories, and they should especially be of interest to anyone who is interested in vintage science fiction and fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave_42 on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Technically, "Select Conversations With An Uncle" which was published earlier in 1895 was Wells' first collection of stories, but the stories from that collection have largely been forgotten, while this collection, "The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents", contains a few stories which have long been remembered as early classics. The fourth of four books published in 1895, this collection contains 15 works of short fiction which were originally published between December of 1893, and March of 1895, mostly in "Pall Mall Budget" (or "Pall Mall Gazette"), but there is one story which was published originally in "Black and White" and one from "The St. James Gazette".

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".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 17, 2013
Format: Paperback
H. G. Welles is one of the most significant authors of science fiction and fantasy genera. He was a pioneering visionary and many of the themes and plot devices that he used in his stories and novels have become the standard staple of science fiction. It is almost impossible to think of a single standard science fiction plot premise that has not been in some way foreshadowed by H. G. Wells. The most prominent example of this is perhaps his novel "The War of the Worlds" which has been adapted numerous times, and hardly a year passes without a major Hollywood blockbuster that exploits the idea of the alien invasion.

This collection of short stories can be a very accessible introduction to the writings of H. G Welles. All of the stories are highly original and idiosyncratic, but a few familiar themes readily emerge - biological weapons, carnivorous plants, strange creatures in remote parts of the World, hallucinations and telepathic visions, etc. The stories are written in proper Victorian style, and can be a tad bit tedious at moments. Nonetheless, many of them are also infused with dry English humor that lightens them up. Some of the stories contain racial and other prejudices and unflattering descriptions, which can be jarring to modern sensibilities. Hopefully, however, the reader can look beyond those idiosyncrasies and view them as a reflection of a different age. These are after all pretty entertaining stories, and they should especially be of interest to anyone who is interested in vintage science fiction and fantasy.
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