THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
..."You are quite clear that the stuff is opaque to gravitation that it cuts off things from gravitating towards each other? “
"Yes," said I.
About the Author: H.G. Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946)
Herbert George Wells was born on 21 September 1866 in Bromley, Kent County, England, son of Sarah Neal, maid to the upper classes, and Joseph Wells, shopkeeper and professional cricket player.
A defining incident of young Wells's life was an accident he had in 1874, which left him bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time he started reading books from the local library, brought to him by his father. This aroused his interest in books and was the stepping stone in pursuing his talents as a writer.
Due to financial hardship H.G. Wells had to leave his studies and was apprenticed to be a draper.
From 1893, H.G. Wells devoted himself to writing. He made his debut with The Time Machine, in which the narrator describes his various experiences of time travel. Then came The island of Dr Moreau, based on Darwin’s theory of evolution.
His notable works include The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds(1898), When the sleeper awakes (1899), The First Men in The Moon (1901), The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904), which have been adapted to a number of movies. His last book, MIND AT THE END OF ITS TETHER (1945), was about mankind's future prospects, which he had always viewed with pessimism.
Herbert George Wells was 79 years old when he died on August 13, 1946.
H.G. Wells penned down more than 100 literary works in his life span, and along with Jules Verne, he is considered the Father of Science Fiction.
In his honour, a crater on the far side of moon has been named as H.G. Wells.
The First Men in the Moon – A summary
Mr. Bedford, the narrator, rents a small countryside house with the intention of penning down his play. But his peace is disturbed by the odd...