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The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man

Author(s) : Herbert George Wells

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel by H. G. Wells. A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse the procedure. Instead, his plight becomes known. When he attempts to enlist the aid of a former acquaintance, he is betrayed. So he decides to murder his betrayer and begin a ‘Reign of Terror’.

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Herbert George Wells was born in 1866 in a lower middle class English family, and went through much struggle in his childhood. He received numerous scholarships while studying, and one of these enabled him to become a science teacher.

After some years Wells finally abandoned teaching for a career in journalism, and began writing for the Pall Mall Gazette. He was never to look back—articles, stories and novels followed briskly and Wells' prolific writing was matched only by the great success of the novels themselves. Serialized in periodicals, they were translated into several European languages—German, French, Polish, Greek, Italian, Swedish and Dutch—as well as Russian. Among the most famous of his works are The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The First Man on the Moon, and The War of the World. These are acknowledged as the first of what are now known as works of science fiction and remain his best-loved ones as well. Wells also wrote the very popular Outline of History and a book on science for the layman, called The Science of Life.

H G Well's son, writing about his father, said, ';He is interested in everything which goes on.' This is the key to the character and writing of the famous author, whose novels ';transformed scientific possibilities into actual fiction'.

Wells wrote over a hundred books, as well as pamphlets and articles. George Orwell, a well-known writer himself, wrote in 1941, ';In the 1900s, it was a wonderful experience for a boy to discover H G Wells.'