Wells, H. G.
H. G. Wells was a prolific English author writing in many genres, but it is for his science fiction he is best known and most influential. Along with Jules Verne he is considered the founding father of Science fiction. It is hard to overstate the importance and influence of H. G. Wells in this. Wells was the pioneer for so many stories that are now part of the canon. 'Wells's genius was his ability to create a stream of brand new, wholly original stories out of thin air. Originality was Wells's calling card. In a six-year stretch from 1895 to 1901, he produced a stream of what he called “scientific romance” novels, which included The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds and The First Men in the Moon. This was a dazzling display of new thought, endlessly copied since. A book like The War of the Worlds inspired every one of the thousands of alien invasion stories that followed. It burned its way into the psyche of mankind and changed us all forever.' - John Higgs.