The Father Of Science Fiction: Herbert George Wells

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Herbert George Wells was an English author from the 19th century who was born in London, England. H.G. Wells was born on September 21st, 1866 in the county of Kent. He was the youngest child of four in his family and was called Bertie from a young age. Wells wrote in many genres including politics, history, social commentary and contemporary novels. He is best known for his work in the Science Fiction genre, sometimes referred to as “The Father of Science Fiction”. His father, Joseph Wells was a shopkeeper and played cricket professionally at the time H.G. Wells was born. His mother, Sarah Neal worked as a domestic servant. The family received an inheritance which they used to purchase a shop that sold sporting goods and china. Although Joseph Wells worked as a shopkeeper and played professional cricket, the family was not wealthy. The family’s shop was in a bad location and the merchandise they sold was poor quality. Wells learned to read at the age of five and in 1874, when he was seven years old he was involved in an accident. He broke his leg, leaving him bedridden for many months. While Wells was recovering he had a chance to read many books which gave him the opportunity to explore new worlds. During this time, Wells also began to write. At the age of eight, Wells entered a private school called Thomas Morley's Commercial Academy. He then attended the Midhurst grammar school where he became proficient in science and Latin. Wells was granted a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London in 1883 where he studied Biology and Darwinism under the professor Thomas Henry Huxley. After losing his scholarship for insufficient graduation requirements, Wells moved to Fitzroy road in London to live with his Aunt, Uncle and Cousin. Wells eventually married his cousin, Isabel Mary in 1891. That marriage only lasted four years. In 1895, Wells married Amy Catherine Robbins and had two children with her named George Philip and Frank Richard. While Wells was married to Amy Catherine Robbins, he had multiple affairs with other women. Wells considered himself a socialist who was a member of the socialist Fabian society. He broke all ties with the socialist Fabian society when he determined that his own creative political imagination was greater than theirs. H.G Wells believed in two different theological concepts referring to God. He believed in God as the creator and God as the redeemer. His first view of God as the creator displays god as the creator of the Universe who places more importance on justice than love for his creations. Wells’ second view of God as the redeemer portrays God as a loving figure who has a human heart. In his book God the Invisible King, Wells wrote, “the theological struggles of civilization and world unity which produced Christianity, was a persistent but unsuccessful attempt to get these two different ideas of God into one focus”. Wells is saying that Christianity did not accomplish the goal of...

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