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We all know what happens when aliens invade Earth. They kill as many people as possible, enslave the rest, and take our planet’s resources for their own. And we have one man to thank for that scenario: Herbert George Wells, author of “War of the Worlds” — the tale of an invasion from Mars.
H.G. Wells was born 150 years ago today in Kent, England. The young Wells was a bit sickly, and he suffered an injury at age seven that kept him in bed for months. He put the time to good use, though, reading every book he could get his hands on.
Wells became a teacher, then earned a degree in biology. Afterwards, he turned to writing. In 1895, he published his first novel, “The Time Machine.” It was an instant success. Wells followed up with such classics as “The Invisible Man” and “The First Men in the Moon.”
He moved into other forms of writing in the early 1900s, including comedies about working-class characters, utopian novels, and non-fiction.
His writing often expressed his views about class and society. Wells was a socialist who advocated a single world government. And he traveled the world, meeting with such notables as Vladimir Lenin and Franklin Roosevelt.
The two world wars made Wells much more pessimistic about the future. One of his final works prophesied a bleak end for humanity. But today, he’s best known for his earlier works of science fiction — including one in which humanity almost came to an end at the hands of alien invaders.
Script by Damond Benningfield