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English I Honors: An overview of H.G. Wells, science fiction and themes in The Time Machine.

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  • H.G. Wells
    • 1866-1946
    • English writer (from England)
    • Writing during the turn of the century
    • Best known as a Science Fiction writer; “Father of Science Fiction”
    H.G. Wells
    • Grew up in Victorian England
    • Family was poor
    • Read a lot as a child while leg was broken
    • Went to work at 13; draper’s apprentice
    • Enjoyed reading, writing & sketching
    • Became a Teacher
    • Married cousin Isabel
    • Married former student, Amy
    Early Life
    • The War of the Worlds
    • The Island of Dr. Moreau
    • War of the Worlds
    • The Invisible Man
    Famous Works
    • Serial : published in installments
    • One of the earliest examples of science fiction genre
    • Apocalyptic/Dying Earth subgenre
    • Dystopia: fictional future where people are repressed & controlled
    • Novella: shorter than a novel, but longer than a short story
    • Didactic: designed or intended to teach
    The Time Machine
    • “ a form of fiction that makes imaginative use of scientific knowledge & speculation”
    • Usually set in the future, an alternate present, or a past that didn’t happen
    • time travel, alternate societies
    • Often involves science & technology
    Science Fiction
    • Unusual characters w/ unusual abilities
    • More realistic than fantasy
    • Lots of subgenres
    Science Fiction
  • Famous Examples
  • Time Machine Themes
    • Social Degeneration
    • Society & Social Classes
    • Capitalism & the Working Class
    • Technology & Its Influences
    • Man’s Relationship with Nature