H.G. Wells & Science Fiction

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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 & Science Fiction

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

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