Sep 21, 2011

Google Doodle History: H.G. Wells' Birthday (Sep 21, 2009)



Sep 21, 2009 - H.G. Wells' Birthday







Worth to Know:



Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".




Wells called his political views socialist. He was for a time a member of the socialist Fabian Society, but broke with them as his creative political imagination, matching the originality shown in his fiction, outran theirs. He later grew staunchly critical of them as having a poor understanding of economics and educational reform. He ran as a Labour Party candidate for London University in the 1922 and 1923 general elections after the death of his friend W. H. R. Rivers, but at that point his faith in the party was weak or uncertain.



Social class was a theme in Wells's The Time Machine in which the Time Traveller speaks of the future world, with its two races, as having evolved from "the gradual widening of the present (19th century) merely temporary and social difference between the Capitalist and the Labourer". 


His most consistent political ideal was the World State. He envisioned the state to be a planned society that would advance science, end nationalism, and allow people to progress by merit rather than birth. (Wikipedia)

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