Google’s really been rockin’ the doodles of late. And today they honor the birthday of H.G. Wells with this one (above) of UFO-like tripods ravaging a village.
Wells was not only one of our first science fiction writers, he was one of the best. He wrote most of his classics more than one hundred years ago, and they still make thrilling reading today.
If you haven’t read him, and own a Kindle, we highly recommend the H.G. Wells Collection. For only 99 cents you get the following list of titles:
In the Days of the Comet,
Love and Mr. Lewisham,
The First Men in the Moon,
The Invisible Man,
The Island of Dr. Moreau,
The Time Machine,
The War in the Air,
The War of the Worlds,
Twelve Stories and a Dream,
and When the Sleeper Wakes.
If you still knockin’ it old school, there’s some very nice paper editions of his books as well. For less than a ten-spot you can get this nifty boxset:
This includes all of H. G. Wells Science Fiction novels, including The First Men in the Moon, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds.
Or maybe you’re only in the mood for one Wells book. Well, if you have to narrow it down to one we suggest our favorite The Island of Doctor Moreau. Wells’ cautionary tale of the biologic manipulation of animals seems more timely by the day. It’s also scary as hell. This premium edition would look nice on any bookshelf.
Or if audio books are more your thing. There’s a great production of The Island of Doctor Moreau on audio. It’s inexpensive and unabridged!
It’s available from the iTunes store or via Audible.
So if you’ve never read Wells, or haven’t in many years, why not celebrate his birthday by digging into one of his fantastic books? Yup, put down The Lost Symbol for a day or two, and dive into some fiction that will really twist your mind.