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This review is from: Complete Short Story Omnibus (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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Initial post: 11 Aug 2013 16:32:50 BDT
Essential is right. Astonishing that the 1998 John-Hammond-edited Dent edition was allowed to go out of print. I guess he must be out of copyright now, so it's a free-for-all. Of course the original Dent edition had room for The Time Machine, but the print was newsprint-small. To me the beginning of The Time Machine is quintessential Wells. How many kids even know it these days? I'm just venturing into scifi again after a 50-year hiatus. Given that my favourites are/were War with the Newts and The Sirens of Titan (and early Charles Beaumont), where should I begin? Atwood? Lessing? Le Guin?
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