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By H. G. Wells / Harper & Brothers / 1897
Sometimes called “the Father of Science Fiction” (alongside greats such as Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback), H. G. Wells played a pivotal role in shaping the science fiction world. Over the decades, science fiction pioneers have paid homage to Wells, alluding to his works and often even including him as a character. Wells’ wealth of writings grappled with England’s scientific, ethical, and political issues, confronting the reality he inhabited with the realities he constructed.
In The Invisible Man, a scientist named Griffin discovers a way to manipulate his body’s refractive index so that it absorbs and reflects no light, making him invisible. After successfully conducting the experiment on himself, Griffin fails to reverse the procedure, and must live as an invisible man. The story has been adapted, expanded upon, and used as a premise for numerous other works in a wide range of media.
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The Invisible Man is as much an investigation of the human psyche as it is a story of an amazing invention. . .
—Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Review
Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) was an English writer, sometimes referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction,” along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback. While Wells is best-known for his classic works of science fiction, he wrote successfully in a number of genres. His politically charged writings offered unique perspectives on culture, class, government, war, and science. Wells’ works were highly influential, and he himself frequently appears as a character in the works of other writers, both in literature and in film. His other works include Kipps: The History of Mr. Polly, Tono-Bungay, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought, When the Sleeper Wakes, The First Men in the Moon, and “The Country of the Blind.”