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The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells

Fantasies of Science

Authors: McLean, S.

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This book explores the relationship between H.G. Wells's scientific romances and the discourses of science in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century. It investigates how Wells utilizes his early fiction to participate in a range of topical scientific disputes and, increasingly, as a means to instigate social reform.

About the authors

BERGONZI; The Early H.G.Wells: A Study of the Scientific Romances; Prentice Hall, 1976; Classic study but not updated and now out of print PARRINDER; Shadows of the Future: H.G.Wells, Science and Prophecy; Syracuse UP, 1996; Different focus from our book, looking particularly at science fiction and prophecy where our book focuses on the links between Wells's works and contemporary scientific debates WAGAR; H.G.Wells: Traversing Time; Wesleyan University Press, 2004 (new ed); More general account of Wells's life and works - does not look in depth at wider relationship with science HAYNES; H.G.Wells : Discoverer of the Future: The Influence of Science on his Thought; New York UP, 1980; Examines science throughout Wells's life but not as specific or detailed as our book

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'Admirably free of jargon or gobbledegook, the book is written in an engaging, articulate and fluent style that makes it a pleasure to read...a handsome and well bound volume...comprehensive and scholarly, yet at the same highly readable. Any student embarking on a study of the scientific romances will find it invaluable.' - The Wells Newsletter


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    McLean, Steven

    Pages 1-8

  • Heart of Darkness: The Time Machine and Retrogression

    McLean, Steven

    Pages 11-40

  • ‘An Infernally Rum Place’: The Island of Doctor Moreau and Degeneration

    McLean, Steven

    Pages 41-61

  • Science behind the Blinds: Scientist and Society in The Invisible Man

    McLean, Steven

    Pages 65-88

  • The Descent of Mars: Evolution and Ethics in The War of the Worlds

    McLean, Steven

    Pages 89-113

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Hardcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-53562-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells
Book Subtitle
Fantasies of Science
Authors
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-23663-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230236639
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-53562-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 242
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