Reappraisal Reading Circle is an open meeting discussing the works of a prolific, popular author of the past whose works are held in quantity by the Athenaeum. Participants are encouraged to read any work by the selected author to contribute to the discussion. Even if you haven’t read any of the books you are welcome to attend. Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Monday every other month but occasionally are held on Fridays in the event of a Monday holiday.
H. G. Wells ( 1866-1946)
Englishman, novelist, journalist, educator, satirist, sociologist, futurist and prophet — these are a few of the words which could describe Herbert George Wells. He was prolific. He wrote in many genres and his influence was far reaching.
Wells is credited with inventing several classic themes in science fiction through his novels: The Time Machine; The Island of Doctor Moreau; The Invisible Man; and The War of the Worlds.
He also made history a best seller with his The Outline of History (1920) and then A Short History of the World (1922) which Albert Einstein praised. In 1933 Wells predicted a world war would break out by January 1940. It actually began in September 1940. In 1901 Wells envisioned the new world of the twentieth century and made correct calls about much of what was to come in Anticipations of the Reactions of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought. His ideas are perceptive and provocative, and controversial. Above all, they have influenced most of us.