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Complete Short Story Omnibus Hardcover – 21 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095243
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 6.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893.

In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances" - The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908) - won him distinction as the father of science fiction.

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."

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A comprehensive H.G. Wells short story collection.

About the Author

HG Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T H Huxley. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough. Today he is regarded as one of the all-time greatest authors of science fiction.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. A. March-Russell on 31 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
H.G. Wells is best known for his novels but he worked out many of his most original ideas, and ways of telling a story, in his short fiction. This magnificent collection brings together his entire short story output plus the novellas from "Tales of Space and Time" plus his introduction to "The Country of the Blind" - one of the most important statements on the short story. Most readers will probably turn first to the science fiction but they will also find ghost stories like 'The Red Room' and social comedies like 'The Jilting of Jane', all of which are testimony to Wells' astonishing diversity. Expensive, but a must buy for anybody intersted in science fiction, the short story or Edwardian literature.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bear on 14 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a present last week (after dropping heavy hints). The book is certainly a good way of exploring Wells' entire short story output (well worth anyone's time!) but I am appalled at the quality of the physical product. How can the publisher justify a £25.00 price tag for such a poorly made hardback? The gold-effect designs on the covers are nice but the binding itself is awful - thin boards covered with wafer-thin material that bubbles up if you handle it with slightly damp hands. The spine is flimsy and is easily creased if you try to open the book flat. Basically, this is a paperback text-block in an apology for a hardback binding.

If the book was priced at £15 it would still be poor value for money compared with similar products e.g. Everyman hardbacks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryn Drew on 3 Jan. 2012
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My Father received this book as a school prize back in the 1930's. I really enjoyed the stories and bought my own copy and now have bought a copy for my nephew, which I am sure he will enjoy too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Gosling on 16 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great Writer. Varied stories. Hours of pleasure. I have read all of the short stories now and, in a couple of years time, I shall probably read them all again. Well worth purchasing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan swindley on 30 Aug. 2013
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Bought it because I remembered a story I read 40 yrs ago and wanted to read again. Just as good and all the others equally haunting and enjoyable.
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