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Le Guin's selection of twenty-six stories showcases Well's genius and reintroduces readers to his singular talent for making the unbelievable seem utterly plausible.
The stolen bacillus -- The flowering of the strange orchid -- In the Avu observatory -- The triumphs of a taxidermist -- A deal in ostriches -- Through a window -- The temptation of Harringay -- The flying man -- The diamond maker -- Aepyornis island -- The remarkable case of Davidson's eyes -- The Lord of the Dynamos -- The Hammerpond Park burglary -- The moth -- The treasure in the forest -- The Plattner story -- The argonauts of the air -- The story of the late Mr Elvesham -- In the abyss -- The apple -- Under the knife -- The sea raiders -- Pollock and the Porroh man -- The red room -- The cone --The purple pileus -- The jilting of Jane -- In the modern vein : an unsympathetic love story -- A catastrophe -- The lost inheritance -- The sad story of a dramatic critic -- A slip under the microscope -- The crystal egg -- The star -- A story of the Stone Age -- A story of the days to come -- The man who could work miracles -- Filmer -- The magic shop -- The valley of spiders -- The truth about Pyecraft -- Mr Skelmersdale in Fairyland -- The inexperienced ghost -- Jimmy Goggles the god -- The new accelerator -- Mr Ledbetter's vacation -- The stolen body -- Mr Brisher's treasure -- Miss Winchelsea's heart -- A dream of Armageddon -- The door in the wall -- The empire of the ants -- A vision of judgment -- The land ironclads -- The beautiful suit -- The pearl of love -- The country of the blind -- The reconciliation -- My first aeroplane -- Little mother up the Morderberg -- The story of the last trump -- The grisly folk -- A tale of the twentieth century -- Walcote -- The devotee of art -- The man with a nose -- A perfect gentleman on wheels -- Wayde's essence -- A misunderstood artist -- Le mari terrible -- The Rajah's treasure -- The presence by the fire -- Mr Marshall's doppelganger -- The thing in no. 7 -- The thumbmark -- A family elopement -- Our little neighbour -- How Gabriel became Thompson -- How Pingwill was routed -- The loyalty of Esau Common -- The wild asses of the devil -- Answer to prayer -- The queer story of Brownlow's newspaper -- The country of the blind (revised version).
When H. G. Wells published this popular history of planet Earth in 1922, the highest off the surface humans had reached was seven miles, barely 37,000 feet; the best guess at the planet's age was merely "more than" 2 billion years; the beginnings of organic life on Earth were still little understood. But with all the confidence of his immense genius and wide-ranging appreciation for all things scientific, Wells presents a readable, concise survey of the state of knowledge at his time about the planet and human presence upon it. Wells asks that you read this hefty 1922 work-adapted from his two-volume Outline of History, published in 1920-"straightforwardly almost as a novel is read," and indeed, this story of Earth, from its very formation and the first appearance of homo sapiens through the Russian Revolution and the reconstruction after World War I, reads like the most thrilling adventure story ever told. Though it has been factually supplanted by scholarship that came after it, this remains an engaging history, a classic of science fact from one of the fathers of modern science fiction. British author HERBERT GEORGE WELLS (1866-1946) is best known for his groundbreaking science fiction novels The Time Machine (1895), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898).
Was passiert mit H. G. Wells‘ Zeitreisendem? Nach seiner Rückkehr aus der Zukunft will der Zeitreisende zurückkehren, um die Eloi Weena zu retten, die in den Flammen umgekommen ist. Doch bei einem neuerlichen Vorstoß in die Zukunft muss er feststellen, dass er sie durch seine Zeitreisen verändert hat: Die Morlocks haben eine hochtechnisierte Zivilisation errichtet und sind zu den Sternen aufgebrochen. Um das zu verhindern, wagt der Zeitreisende ein gefährliches Manöver: Er reist abermals in der Zeit zurück, um sein früheres Ich vor den Folgen der Zeitreise zu warnen. Doch auch das bleibt nicht ohne Folge ...

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