A prolific writer of many genres, H.G. Wells (1866–1946) wasn’t just a science fiction pioneer, but a futurist whose visions for our future have had a great impact on our modern world.

His writing career began with short humour articles before he published his first novel, The Time Machine, in 1895. This work was an instant and massive success and is featured on these new Special Edition products.

Pictured here: H.G. Wells’ 75th Anniversary journal (back and front covers)

Wells quickly turned out other classics of the genre, including The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) and The War of the Worlds (1898). True to his futurist self, he also explored new media for his storytelling, including working on Hollywood films and the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.

As a celebration of his life and legacy on the 75th anniversary of his death, we are honoured to bring his handwritten The Time Machine manuscript, currently in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois, to our Paperblanks collection.

Pictured here: H.G. Wells’ 75th Anniversary manuscript box, document folder and journal

H.G. Wells’ 75th Anniversary available as: Ultra and midi hardcover journal, document folder and manuscript box

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