by H. G. Wells Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo--a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. There, he meets the sinister Dr. Moreau--a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection hav... more info>>
Three of the Most Acclaimed, Most Filmed SF Novels of All Time in One Ebook! Here are three of the greatest novels of the legendary science fiction master, H. G. Wells in one eBook: The Invisible Man; The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau. All for one low price. The Invisible Man dreams of power and wealth from his secret ability, but finds only difficulty and danger. The War of the Worlds brings Earth to its knees, prey of all conquering aliens who can kill anything--except hope. The ... more info>>
"H. G. Wells is the Shakespeare of Science Fiction!"--Isaac Asimov. Here are three of the greatest science fiction novels ever written: The Time Machine, The First Men in the Moon, and When the Sleeper Wakes. "Wells possessed a prolific imagination which remained based in biological and historical possibility--and his best works are exemplary of what sf should aspire to," says The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. In this giant omnibus you will read Wells' epic vision of the future from the prese... more info>>
The maid was a young woman of great natural calmness; she was accustomed to let in visitors who had this air of being annoyed and finding one umbrella too numerous for them. It mattered nothing to her that the gentleman was asking for Dr. Martineau as if he was asking for something with an unpleasant taste. Almost imperceptibly she relieved him of his umbrella and juggled his hat and coat on to a massive mahogany stand.
Most people in this world seem to live in character; they have a beginning, a middle and an end, and the three are congruous one with another and true to the rules of their type. You can speak of them as being of this sort of people or that. They are, as theatrical people say, no more (and no less) than character actors. They have a class, they have a place, they know what is becoming in them and what is due to them, and their proper size of tombstone tells at last how properly they have played ... more info>>
One of the minor peculiarities of this unprecedented war is the Tour of the Front. After some months of suppressed information--in which even the war correspondent was discouraged to the point of elimination--it was discovered on both sides that this was a struggle in which Opinion was playing a larger and more important part than it had ever done before. This wild spreading weed was perhaps of decisive importance; the Germans at any rate were attempting to make it a cultivated flower.
Prophecy may vary between being an intellectual amusement and a serious occupation; serious not only in its intentions, but in its consequences. For it is the lot of prophets who frighten or disappoint to be stoned. But for some of us moderns, who have been touched with the spirit of science, prophesying is almost a habit of mind.
One afternoon, at low water, Mr. Isbister, a young artist lodging at Boscastle, walked from that place to the picturesque cove of Pentargen, desiring to examine the caves there. Halfway down the precipitous path to the Pentargen beach he came suddenly upon a man sitting in an attitude of profound distress beneath a projecting mass of rock. The hands of this man hung limply over his knees, his eyes were red and staring before him, and his face was wet with tears.