The Early Fiction of H.G. Wells: Fantasies of Science

Hardcover | April 17, 2009

byS. Mclean

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This book explores the relationship between H.G. Wells's scientific romances and the discourses of science in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century. It investigates how Wells utilizes his early fiction to participate in a range of topical scientific disputes and, increasingly, as a means to instigate social reform.

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This book explores the relationship between H.G. Wells's scientific romances and the discourses of science in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century. It investigates how Wells utilizes his early fiction to participate in a range of topical scientific disputes and, increasingly, as a means to instigate social reform.

STEVEN MCLEAN has published articles, reviews and encyclopedia entries on H.G. Wells. He is the editor of H.G. Wells: Interdisciplinary Essays and has annotated editions of three Wells works. He is a former secretary of the H.G. Wells Society and has taught at a range of academic institutions.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:April 17, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230535623

ISBN - 13:9780230535626

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: MISADVENTURES IN A POST-DARWINIAN UNIVERSE
Heart of Darkness: The Time Machine and Retrogression
'An infernally rum place': The Island of Doctor Moreau and Degeneration
PART II: SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
Science Behind the Blinds: Scientist and Society in The Invisible Man
The Descent of Mars: Evolution and Ethics in The War of the Worlds
PART III: TOWARDS THE SHAPING OF HUMANITY
'Science is a match that man has just got alight': Science and Social Organisation in The First Men in the Moon
The Limits of a Sociological Holiday: Social Progress in A Modern Utopia
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index