When the Sleeper Wakes
101 Installments— in English—Entirely free
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H.G. Wells (1866-1946) began life in a humble British home, as the son of working class people. Early in life, an accident left the young Wells bedridden for a long period of time, and as he recovered, the boy fell in love with reading. Leaving the drudgery of an apprenticeship as a tradesman, Wells decided to become a teacher in 1883. His talents earned him a college scholarship and he received a degree in 1890. Wells did not publish his writings until 1901, when his work Anticipations, full of visions of what the world might look like in 2000, made its debut. The aptly-named Anticipations was the first of the many beloved works that would establish Wells firmly in the science-fiction genre. A free-thinker whose views aligned with some of the most progressive philosophies of his day, Wells's ability to look beyond the here and now and offer vivid tableaux of worlds that might be has inspired fear and fantasy among readers for generations.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine the caves there. Halfway down the precipitous path to the Pentargen beach he came suddenly upon a man sitting in an attitude of profound ...Back to top
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