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HG Wells Classic Collection II: In the Days of the Comet, Men Like Gods, The Sleeper Awakes, The War in the Air [Hardcover]

H.G. Wells
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17 Nov 2011
H. G. Wells was the grandfather of SF, and novels such as THE TIME MACHINE and WAR OF THE WORLDS defined the genre. Following Gollancz's previous omnibus, this second collection contains more of H.G. Wells' best-loved works, and is perfect for collectors and aficionados of great SF. IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET, MEN LIKE GODS, THE SLEEPER AWAKES and THE WAR IN THE AIR are defining works. This beautiful edition is illustrated by Les Edwards.

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  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095229
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 15.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,606 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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"Another fantastic gathering of Wells' science fiction works that fans of the author should enjoy."

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A second H.G. Wells omnibus collecting four classic SF tales, from the author of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE TIME MACHINE

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4.0 out of 5 stars classy looking book 6 Jan 2014
By Neesey
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This was bought as a present for my son who read the first collection and enjoyed it very much. Quite a weighty book to carry around, but from what I understand a very good presentation of some classic stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old classic 6 April 2013
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A collection of good reads and very vintage looking packaging. Looks great on my bookshelf and bedside table, but not a book you could take on the tube, a bit bulky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Dec 2012
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I enjoy reading H G Wells and this book contains some very good books in a single edition! Worth buying!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wellsian Utopian omnibus 17 Feb 2012
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At last, an ornately presented decorative hardback editiion which collects all the principle Wellsian Utopias which provided the archetypical hopeful future vision which the great dystopians such as Huxley and Orwell reacted against.

These books are those which Wells created when his utopian enthusiasm overtook his interest in science fantasy, or what we today call science fiction, less popular than his straight stories, such as war of the worlds or the invisible man or the time machine, they are still great reads. A lot of reviews have suggested that plot and style suffer in order that Wells can expound his ideas about science and something resembling socialism (whose full working out did entail the eventual abscence of government and authoritarianism) providing a brighter tommorrow or alternative but I dont share that view at all.

In the first story a comet effects the necessary changes in human character to permit the restructuring of the world along more scientific and socialistic lines, the account is provided by someone who has lived through it and is similar in style to the war of the worlds narrator. Men Like Gods is a story of individuals from our time line visiting a parallel world in which science and the education have replaced government and all social or ideological divisions. The Sleeper Awakes is possibly more dystopian in which a world has evolved from the assets of a sleeper in suspended animation, it is an authoritarian and elitist place, in which the downtrodden masses live in hope of the sleeper awaking to rectify the situation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 13 Jun 2013
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Bought this book for a friend and he seems to like it...can't say much more than that but I need to fill my word count which is annoying.
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