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'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's' Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H. G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original a 'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's' Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H. G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds - with his most unsettling and strange short stories. Containing monstrous experiments, terrifying journeys, alien occupiers and grotesque creatures, these visionary tales discomfit and disturb, and retain the power to trouble our sense of who we are. With an introduction by Matthew Beaumont


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'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's' Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H. G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original a 'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's' Exploring the primordial nightmares that lurk within humanity's dreams of progress and technology, H. G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer. This new omnibus edition brings together four of his hugely original and influential science-fiction novels - The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds - with his most unsettling and strange short stories. Containing monstrous experiments, terrifying journeys, alien occupiers and grotesque creatures, these visionary tales discomfit and disturb, and retain the power to trouble our sense of who we are. With an introduction by Matthew Beaumont

30 review for The Great Science Fiction: The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, Short Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Larry Hamilton

    First of all, one cannot over look the fact that this collection of stories were written over 120 years ago. H.G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer long before the category was even coined. His stories were terrifying, visionary journeys that forced readers of the day to question their sense of who they were. That being said, I found the outdated terminology, odd phrasing and excessive detail made reading the stories a bit of a challenge, but the basic message was quite clear. Of the 3 stories First of all, one cannot over look the fact that this collection of stories were written over 120 years ago. H.G. Wells was a science fiction pioneer long before the category was even coined. His stories were terrifying, visionary journeys that forced readers of the day to question their sense of who they were. That being said, I found the outdated terminology, odd phrasing and excessive detail made reading the stories a bit of a challenge, but the basic message was quite clear. Of the 3 stories I read, my favorites - in order were: War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Xenofon Spafaridis

    - The Time Machine 5/5 - The Island of Doctor Moreau 4/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Casuarina Pearson

    Excellent compendium to take on holidays. A collection of short and longer stories that are brilliant reading. Can recommend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beckie

    The best science fiction of all time. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the thoughts and wondering it provoked.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ✧°・。 leda 。・°✧

    (Counting the short stories separately) I didn't read one of the 8 but whatever (Counting the short stories separately) I didn't read one of the 8 but whatever

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Vaz

    Timeless classics: the original sci fi horror writer is so easily digested, rapidly devoured and hungrily consumed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    This is not a bad book. I must stress that. His writing is just not for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    The 4 famous novels:The Time Machine The Island of Doctor Moreau The Invisible Man The War of the Worlds8 stories:The Door in the Wall The Chronic Argonauts The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes The Sea Raiders The Stolen Bacillus The Country of the Blind The Crystal Egg The Empire of the Ants.My 5-stars: The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Country of the Blind. My 3- to 4-stars: The rest. Though I am not 5-star crazy about the stories it is remarkable how many stories an The 4 famous novels:The Time Machine The Island of Doctor Moreau The Invisible Man The War of the Worlds8 stories:The Door in the Wall The Chronic Argonauts The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes The Sea Raiders The Stolen Bacillus The Country of the Blind The Crystal Egg The Empire of the Ants.My 5-stars: The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Country of the Blind. My 3- to 4-stars: The rest. Though I am not 5-star crazy about the stories it is remarkable how many stories and novels by later authors are called to mind by them - at least if someone is like me and well read in science fiction but until now unacquainted with Wells' shorter fiction. That being said, these 8 stories are probably enough for me. My one explanation: The War of the Worlds is by far my least favorite of the four famous novels. It seems to me a prime example of one of those famous 20th century (1898 ok yeah I know) "idea" novels, of which there are so many, that are less interesting than advertised. It is longer, slower, virtually plot-less, wrapped up with its famous deus ex machina contrivance, and its humans are less interesting than those in the other three novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kawana

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    Frida Schölde

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gogs Herriott

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    J.J.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Asa Maynard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Day

  16. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  17. 5 out of 5

    Seneca

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tudor

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

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    Katja

  21. 4 out of 5

    Antanas

  22. 4 out of 5

    Filipe

  23. 5 out of 5

    Max Duijsens

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Bowman

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    Andrew Munim

  26. 4 out of 5

    Angela Guidolin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ze Hua

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheng Wen Cheong

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aurore De Feniks

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amelie Bir

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