H. G. Wells - Short Stories

 

Herbert George Wells  was born in 1866 in Bromley, Kent. His career as an author was fostered by an unfortunate accident as a child. He broke his leg and spent the mandatory rest period reading every book which he could find. Wells was awarded a scholarship and furthered his education at the Normal School of Science in London. It was at the Normal School that Wells came under the wing of the famous biologist Thomas H. Huxley. Wells' "science fiction" (although he never called it such)was clearly influenced by his studies at the Normal School and his interest in biology.  

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From LibriVox:

  1. The Door in the Wall  (8th Short Story)
  2. Floor Games  
  3. Little Wars
  4. The Red Room   (9th Short Story)
  5. Under the Knife  (9th Short Story)
  6. The Country of the Blind  (2nd story in the Short Story Collection Vol. 021)
  7. The Strange Orchard (9th story in the Horror Story Collection Vol. 003)
  8. The Red Room  (9th story in Ghost Story Collection 006)
  9. The Diamond Maker    (3rd story in Science Fiction Collection 006)
  10. Story of the Late Mr Elvesham   (10th story in Science Fiction Collection 010)
  11. Crystal Egg    (3rdh story in Science Fiction Collection 015)
  12. The New Accelerator   (6th story in Science Fiction Collection 015)
  13. In the Avu Observatory  (6th story in Science Fiction Collection 017)
  14. The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost  (7th story in Ghost Story Collection 005)
  15. The Man Who Could Work Miracles  (6th Story in Short Story Collection 033)
  16. The Beautiful Suit  (1st Story in Ghost and Horror Collection 003)
  17. The Plattner Story   (4th story in Science Fiction Collection # 023)
  18. Tales of Space and Time - The Star   (7th story in Science Fiction Collection # 023)
  19. The Purple Pileus  (15th story in Short Story Collection # 040)
  20. The Door in the Wall  (5th story in short story collection 44)
  21. The Star  (10th story in sci fi story collection # 38)
  22. Filmer  (8th story in sci fi collection # 39)  Written in 1901.  “In truth the mastery of flying was the work of thousands of men — this man [Filmer] a suggestion and that an experiment, until at last only one vigorous intellectual effort was needed to finish the work. But the inexorable injustice of the popular mind has decided that of all these thousands, one man [Filmer] , and that a man who never flew, should be chosen as the discoverer.”
23.  A Moonlight Fable (8th story in Ghost Stories # 14)

24.  Secret Places of the Heart - Richard Hardy, a member of the British gentry, tries to resolve problems in his marriage as he travels with a psychiatrist. The book is to a great extent autobiographical.  In this novel H. G. Wells based the character Martin on Rebecca West, who both mesmerized and repelled him.

25.  In the Abyss  (9th short story in Short Sci Fi # 48)

26.  The Land Ironclads  (17h short story in Short Sci Fi # 48)

27.  Tales of Space and Time (5 Short Stories):

01 - The Crystal Egg

02 - The Star

03 - A Story of the Stone Age - Part 1 - Ugh-Lomi and Uya

04 - A Story of the Stone Age - Part 2 - The Cave Bear

05 - A Story of the Stone Age - Part 3 - The First Horsemaan

06 - A Story of the Stone Age - Part 4 - Uya the Lion

07 - A Story of the Stone Age - Part 5 - The Fight in the Lion's Thicket

08 - A Story of the Days to Come - Part 1 - The Cure for Love

09 - A Story of the Days to Come - Part 2 - The Vacant Country

10 - A Story of the Days to Come - Part 3 - The Ways of the City

11 - A Story of the Days to Come - Part 4 - Underneath

12 - A Story of the Days to Come - Part 5 - Biindon Intervenes

13 - The Man Who Could Work Miracles - A Pantoum in Prose


28. The Discovery of the Future - The Discovery of the Future is a 1902 philosophical lecture by H. G. Wells that argues for the know ability of the future. It was originally delivered to the Royal Institution on January 24, 1902. Wells begins by distinguishing between "two divergent types of mind," one that judges and attaches importance principally to what has happened in the past and one that judges and attaches importance principally to what will happen in the future. 

29. The Stolen Body by H.G. Wells  (29th story from International Short Stories # 2)

30. A Moonlight Fable by H. G. Wells (14th story from Short Science Fiction Collection #50) 

31a. The Valley of Spiders - H G Wells (5th story in Short Ghost and Horror Collection 024)

31b. The Truth about Pyecraft - H G Wells (16th story in Short Ghost and Horror Collection 024)

31c. The Stolen Body - H G Wells (18th story in Short Ghost and Horror Collection 024)

32.  The Door in the Wall, and Other Stories - A collection of 8 short stories by H. G. Wells. The science fiction master ranges over a variety of topics, each original and unexpected. Included in this collection is "The Country of the Blind" where a man with sight hopes to make himself king. In other stories a stranger offers to sell diamonds on the street, a magic door appears requires a sacrifice to go through it, a demon machine tries to become a god, an engineer finds an engineering solution to a love triangle, and a man dreams or does he?


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From Archive.Org: 

        1.  In the Abyss - An undersea explorer uses a modified diving bell to decend to the

              bottom of the ocean where he makes an extraordinary discovery.

         2.  God, The Invisible King -  Wells wrote in his book God, the Invisible King that his idea of God did not draw upon the traditional religions of the world: "This book sets out as forcibly and exactly as possible the religious belief of the writer. [Which] is a profound belief in a personal and intimate God." Later in the work he aligns himself with a "renascent or modern religion ... neither atheist nor Buddhist nor Mohammedan nor Christian ... [that] he has found growing up in himself."

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The Empire of the Ants  - A Brazilian navy gunboat, sent up the Amazon river to investigate reports of problems inland, discovers that large ants have begun taking over parts of the jungle. Showing signs of intelligence, the insects prove extremely hard to deal with.  First published in the Strand Magazine, December 1905.

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