#2 = Vol. 1, No. 2 = Fall 1973
The Books and Principal Pamphlets of H.G. Wells: A Chronological Survey
This essay deals with books and pamphlets as abstract units rather than physical objects. The place of publication is noted only where necessary to other purposes and then only as UK or US. The dates given are for first book or pamphlet publication, except that in #71 the dates for first serial publication are also given. For each book or pamphlet the length is given in the pages of the Atlantic Edition (¶4) or in abstract pages ("ap") of the same size. For detailed information on the various first editions, the reader is respectfully referred to the two major bibliographies (¶¶1-2).
Wells began his book-publishing career in 1893 with Text-Book of Biology and Honours Physiography. Although I have glanced at copies of these books, I have not read them and so do not presume to include them in this survey. Besides, it seems eminently fitting to begin the survey with The Time Machine, which is now known to have been published before Select Conversations (see ¶3). With exception allowed for any work appearing in the Atlantic Edition, I have also excluded publications of certain types listed in the major bibliographies (see ¶2).
The annotations are intended to be, not evaluative as to literary quality, but factually descriptive as to content and reputation; that is, terms like classic and notable are used to indicate, not just opinions that I happen to share, but opinions that seem to be widespread. The length of each annotation is determined not by the supposed importance of the work but by the amount of detail necessary to indicate the interrelations between Wells's various books and to suggest both the continuities and the changes in his thought.
In classifying the various works of fiction, I have counted as fantasy those that deal with the phehistoric past as traditionally envisioned in theology or mythology; with future time as leading to judgment day; with outer space as envisioned in theological astrology; or with the traditional personae of demonology and mythology: angels, devils, and the demons of the air, ghosts and human souls waiting to be born, magicians and witches, mermaids and fairies, etc. Counted as delusional fantasy are stories that center on a dream or daydream, or a sleeping or waking nightmare, of the protagonist.
On the other hand I have counted as science fiction stories that deal with imagined developments in applied science, including social science and the psychic; with imagined biological species, imagined survivals in presumably extinct species, or imagined mutations in existing species; with natural catastrophes of a nature or scope unparalleled in history, though perhaps not in myth; with the prehistoric past as reconstructed in paleontology; with the fourth dimension as a short-cut through time or space or as a link between parallel worlds; or with outer space as an extension of the material world perhaps inhabited by beings with humanlike or even godlike powers but not exclusively or primarily by traditional beings behaving in the traditional ways. Also counted as SF are those stories in which apparently supernatural phenomena are made subject to natural law, as in #7§6.
In both fantasy and SF we have stories of the unresolved type: those in which narrator and reader are left in doubt as to whether the ghost was real or merely a delusion, or the claimed invention or discovery merely a fraud.
For stories counted neither as fantasy nor as SF, I have used four terms: the noun novel or the adjective mundane for those predominantly concerned with the world of the here and now as empirically verified in our daily lives; colonial romance for the adventures of Europeans or Americans ("white men") among the natives of the far places of the world; and ruritanian romance for stories laid in imaginary small kingdoms of the white man's world.
Finally, I have used the term mundane in two paradoxical ways: in mundane fantasy for stories that contain nothing of the supernatural or science-fictional but are too dreamlike to be called realistic and too reasonable to be called surrealistic; and in such phrases as mundane farce on the wonders of science for stories centering on astonished, marveling, or worshipful reactions to the actual achievements of modern science.
¶1. Geoffrey H. Wells. The Works of H. G. Wells 1887-1925: A Bibliography, Dictionary, and Subject-Index. 1926.
¶2. The H. G. Wells Society. H. G. Wells: A Comprehensive Bibliography. 1966, 1968 (rev), 1972 (with index). To avoid duplication, certain CB items have been merged with certain Survey items (e.g., The Red Room, CB 7, is listed here only as a story in #7): 7/#7, 13/#71, 32/#38, 34/#27, 42/#71, 44/#71, 46/#38, 48/#38, 66/#52, 89/#27, 92/#67, 98/#74, 99/#74, 106/#82, 108/#82, 111/#82, 114/#75, 118/#82, 126/*95, 146/#100, 149/#111. With exception allowed for any work that appears in the Atlantic Edition, CB items of the following kinds have been excluded altogether: early textbooks (1, 2), books or pamphlets to which Wells was merely. a contributor, and pamphlets printed for private circulation, issued as advertising brochures, or of less than 32ap (29, 31, 45, 49, 70, 72, 73, 80, 82, 83, 86, 87, 88, 95, 112, 113, 153), and two items which I have been unable to locate (143, 151) and which are listed in CB without sufficient detail to tell me whether they would qualify or even to persuade me that they have actually been examined by the editors of CB.
¶3.Bernard Bergonzi, "The Publication of The Time Machine, 1894-1895," in Thomas D. Clareson, ed., SF: The Other Side of Realism (1971), pp2O4-15; reprinted from Review of English Studies 11(1960):42-51.
¶4. The Works of H. G. Wells. Atlantic Edition. 28 vols. Vols. 1-3, 1924; 4-14, 1925; 15-22, 1926; 23-28, 1927. Referred to below as Al, A2, etc., with the prefaces designated as §0. The promise made in the prospectus for AE, that its contents would be newly revised, was kept only in a very desultory fashion with respect to the fictions and familiar essays, where the revisions (except for #43) are not substantive but merely stylistic in quite trivial ways.
#1. The Time Machine: An Invention. US 1895; UK 1895 (rev). A1 (116p; rechaptered). SF. Evolution to the end of time: social, biologic, geologic, solar. Forms with ## 5, 8, 10, 14 the group of five scientific romances that have won virtually unanimous acclaim.
#2. Select Conversations with an Uncle (Now Extinct) and Two Other Reminiscences. 1895 (74ap). 14 familiar essays in which provincial common sense is pitted against the artistic and social fashions of the metropolis.
#3. The Wonderful Visit. 1895. Al (155p). The first book-length story in which Wells uses the method that predominates in his short stories, "the method of bringing some fantastically possible or impossible thing into a commonplace group of people, and working out their reactions with the completest gravity and reasonableness" (A1§0). An angel falls from his world (our land of dreams) through the fourth dimension to our world (his land of dreams), where he is immediately shot down by a birdhunting vicar, who then takes him home to nurse, for until his wounds heal he will not be able to fly again. The townspeople refuse to believe that he is anything other than some queer kind of hunchback. Although a pure creature when he arrives, he gradually deteriorates as he breathes our "poisonous air" (§48), so that when his wounds heal, he finds himself not only unable to fly but also suffering from all the human passions; cf #23. SF; if barely so: although the protagonist is called an angel, he is not from the traditional heaven; moreover, the concept of parallel worlds with each being the other's land of dreams would seem to belong to psychic SF rather than traditional fantasy.
#4. The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents. 1895 (168ap).
§1. The Stolen Bacillus. Mundane farce on the wonders of science. A jesting bacteriologist tells a visitor that the bottle ill his hand contains enough bacteria to poison London's entire water supply. Since modern science can do anything, the credulous visitor, who happens to be an anarchist, runs away with the bottle to do just what the bacteriologist has suggested.
§2. The Flowering of the Strange Orchid. Al. Biological SF.
§3. In The Avu Observatory. Biological SF.
§4. The Triumphs of a Taxidermist. Mundane satire on the passion to make a name for oneself by the discovery of new species.
§5. A Deal in Ostriches. Mundane farce. §6. Through a Window. Ironic mundane melodrama.
§7. The Temptation of Harringay. Fantasy: the infernal pact and artistic integrity.
§8. The Flying Man. Colonial romance with the wonders of technology: the natives astounded by the use of a parachute.
§9. The Diamond Maker. SF of the unresolved type; cf #7§5.
§10. Aepyornis Island. A1. Biological SF.
§11. The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes. A1. SF: the fourth dimension.
§12. The Lord of the Dynamos. Al. Mundane tragedy involving the wonders of science: a white man's brutal jest and a black man's religious response; cf §1.
§13. The Hammerpond Park Burglary. Mundane farce.
§14. The Moth. A1. Delusional fantasy satirizing the rivalry of biologists in the discovery of new species.
§15. The Treasure in the Forest. Colonial romance.
#5. The Island of Dr. Moreau. 1896. A2(170p). Described by Wells as a "theological grotesque" (A2§0), this story of animals turned into men by surgery has been given various parabolic interpretations.
#6. The Wheels of Chance: A Holiday Adventure. 1896. A7 (231p). Novel. This story of the misadventures of a draper's assistant on a bicycling holiday is the first of the five comedies of lower middle-class life: "close studies" of "personalities thwarted and crippled by the defects of our contemporary civilization" (A7§0). Cf ## 13, 22, 32, 44.
#7. The Plattner Story and Others. 1897 (296ap).
§1. The Plattner Story. A1. SF: the fourth dimension.
§2. The Argonauts of the Air. SF: the building and launching of the first successful aeroplane; cf #19§1.
§3. The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham. A1. Somatopsychic SF: a drug-induced exchange of bodies.
§4. In the Abyss. Biological SF: a manlike species on the ocean floor.
§5. The Apple. Unresolved fantasy. A schoolboy dreading examinations is by a mysterious stranger given an apple said to be from the Tree of Knowledge, but loses it before he can nerve himself up to trying it out.
§6. Under the Knife. A1. SF in a delusional-fantasy frame. When soul and body separate at the moment of death, the soul, being immaterial and hence unaffected by either inertia or external force, remains fixed in space while body, earth, and solar system speed away.
§7. The Sea Raiders. SF: man's predominance challenged by a hitherto unknown species from the depths of the sea.
§8. Pollock and the Porroh Man. Colonial romance: the white man's
arrogance and the black man's magic.
§9. The Red Room. A10. Psychic SF: fear as an externalized force; cf the 1956 film Forbidden Planet.
§10. The Cone. A1. Mundane melodrama involving the wonders of technology.
§11. The Purple Pileus. A1. A mixture of mundane comedy and delusional fantasy resulting from the eating of a mushroom.
§12. The Jilting of Jane. A1. Mundane comedy.
§13. In the Modern Vein: An Unsympathetic Love Story. Mundane comedy.
§14.A Catastrophe. Al0. Mundane comedy.
§15. The Lost Inheritance. Mundane comedy.
§16.The Sad Story of a Dramatic Critic. Mundane comedy.
§17. A Slip Under the Microscope. A6. Mundane comedy of student life at the Normal School of Science; cf * 13.
#8. The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance. 1897 A3 (203p). SF. mains the model of stories using the method specified for #3 and one of the chief models of the superman story.
#9. Certain Personal Matters: A Collection of Material, Mainly Autobiographical, 1897 (240ap). 39 familiar essays, "the stuff of which novels are made" (A6§0), of which 22 appear as The Euphemia Papers in A6 (115p). Among those not in A6 are the two of most direct SF interest: "The Extinction of Man" (the stuff of #7§7 and #71:§1:2) and "From an observatory" (the stuff of #12§2).
#10. The War of the Worlds. 1898. A3 (241p). SF. Martians invade England with a technological superiority as overwhelming and a ruthlessness as complete as that with which Europeans have invaded Afriica and Australasia. Remains the standard of comparison for all stories on the world-catastrophe theme.
#11. When the Sleeper Wakes. 1899 (376ap). 1910 (rev as The Sleeper Awakes). A2 (text of 1910; 304p). SF. The revolt of the proletariat in the megalopolis of 2100--a future extrapolated on the basis of Marxist theory and the assumption of continued technological advance under laissezire government; thus a laissez-faire utopia in that it realizes the dreams Free Enterprise, but also a laissez-faire dystopia in that the effects are shown to be disastrous for the human spirit. Although Wells regarded this work as artistically and intellectually unsatisfactory (A2§0; #24§1), it as probably been the most influential of his scientific romances. The revisions of 1910 consist in the elimination from §14 of an 11-page account of the history of the period 1899-2100, from §16 of a 4-page account of flying inconsistent with the actual flying of 1910, and from §23 and sewhere of about 7 pages that suggest a love affair between the Sleeper nd the heroine. See #30.
#12. Tales of Space and Time. 1899 (269ap).
§1. The Crystal Egg. A1O. SF. Interplanetary television.
§2. The Star. A10. SF. A 16-page epitome of the colliding-worlds theme.
§3. A Story of the Stone Age. 79ap. SF. The invention of the axe, the taming of the horse, etc.
§4. A Story of the Days to Come. 124ap. SF. Pastoral dream and megalopolitan reality in the laissez-faire dystopia of 2100; cf #11.
§5. The Man VVho Could Work Miracles. A10. SF: like #7§6 in bringing supernatural phenonena into conflict with the Newtonian laws of motion. For the film, see # 90.
#13. Love and Mr. Lewisham, 1900. A7 (278p). Novel. The ambitions of youth abandoned under the pressures of sexuality for the comforts of marriage. This second of the five comic novels (see #6) was Wells's first serious attempt at realistic fiction and his bid for reputation as a serious novelist. Although it failed in its immediate purpose, its depiction of student life at the Normal School of Science and its portrait of Chaffery the Medium have since made it one of his most popular novels.
#14. The First Men in the Moon, 1901. A6 (265p). SF. Regarded by Wells as the best of his scientific romances and by many readers as the unrivaled masterpiece of the cosmic voyage.
#15. Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought. 1901. A4 (273p). In this book, which was more responsible than any other for the development of futurology, Wells turned from the Marxist thinking of #11 to the development of his own vision of the future. The improvements in locomotion already well under way will cause cities to grow, not in the immense vertical concentrations described in #11, but horizontally along great roadways (§§ 1-2). The old social classes will dissolve into a new mixture of four main elements: first, the Efficients, "more or less capable people engaged more or less consciously in applying the growing body of scientific knowledge to the general needs"; second, and perhaps as numerous as the Efficients, the Speculators, "nonproductive persons living in and by the social confusion"; third, the unemployables, or People of the Abyss, those unable for one reason or another to develop the skills required by mechanized industry; fourth, the Irresponsible Rich--rich because of their ownership of shares in corporations, irresponsible because the control of those corporations will be in other hands (§3). In the earlier years of the century there will be not one but many moralities, not one but many reading publics, etc., but as the years pass the Efficients will develop a common body of ideas and gradually segregate themselves from the functionless elements (§4). Since popularly elected governments inevitably drift into war, but cannot fight a war effectively, they will give way to governments that can (§5). The nations that survive the pressures of war and preparation for war will be those that achieve the largest proportional development of Efficients; that is, those that are most successful in eliminating, in one way or another, the Speculators, the People of the Abyss, and the Irresponsible Rich (§6). The growing unity of the world will result in the spread of those languages that offer the largest bodies of imaginative and scientific literature, and also in the aggregation of smaller states into larger ones; by the end of the century the world will probably be dominated by three great powers: an English-speaking union, a federated Western Europe, and an East Asian union, with Russia absorbed into the second or third or divided between them (§§7-8). In the English-speaking union, at least, the Efficients will become a New Republic, with a religion stripped of superstition and with a morality and public policy shaped to favor the procreation of the "fine and efficient and beautiful" and to prevent that of "the mean and ugly and bestial in the souls, bodies, or habits of men" (§§8-9).
#16. The Discovery of the Future: A Discourse Delivered to the Royal Institution. 1902. A4 (33p). The classic statement of the difference between the kind of mind that looks to the past and the kind that looks to the future.
#17. The Sea Lady: A Tissue of Moonshine. 1902. A5 (167p), Fantasy. The Method of ## 3 and 8 with the subject matter of #13, except that here the youthful ambitions include an advantageous marriage already arranged and are abandoned for the "better dreams" advocated by the mermaid heroine.
#18. Mankind in the Making. 1903 (371ap).A4 (74p; selections as indicated below). Concerned with education, health care, and social legislation as means of making ordinary people Efficients rather than unemployables and thus of saving them from the Abyss of #15.
§1. The New Republic. This first of the Wellsian manifestos (see ## 59, 69, 75) calls upon the reader to dedicate himself to "the service of the future of the race."
§2. The Problem of the Birth Supply. A4. Argues against positive eugenics and ridicules the fear of the rapid multiplication of the unfit.
§7. Political and Social Influences. A4 (first half only, as "The Case for Republicanism"). The first of Wells's many attacks on the English monarchy and aristocracy.
§8. "Thought in the Modern State." A4 (last paragraph only). On the publishing and distributing of books.
§12. "Appendix: A Paper on Administrative Area Read Before the Fabian Society." A4 (as "Locomotion and Administration"). This argument that the administrative areas planned by the Fabians are far too small for the demands of the modern world is mentioned frequently by Wells in hiss later work. See #20.
#19. Twelve Stories and a Dream. 1903 (274ap).
§1. Filmer. SF. The building of the first aeroplane. Cf #7§2.
§2. The Magic Shop. A10. Unresolved fantasy. Magic is in the eye of the beholder. A classic story of the conflict between the child's vision and the adult's mundaneness.
§3. The Valley of Spiders. A10. Biological SF within a parable of the ruler and the ruled.
§4. The Truth About Pyecraft. A10. SF. The difference between fat and weight in a story that brings supernatural phenomena into conflict with natural law; cf 7§6.
§5. Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland. Fantasy. An epitome of one side of the theme most pervasive in Wells's mundane fiction: Mr. Skelmersdale declines the invitation of the fairy queen and then regrets having done so for the rest of his life in this dreary world. Cf 17 and 33.
§6. The Inexperienced Ghost. A ghost story.
§7. Jimmy Goggles the God. A10. Colonial romance. The effect of the wonders of technology on the superstitious natives.
§8. The New Accelerator. A10. SF. A drug that accelerates human reactions a thousandfold.
§9. Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation. Mundane farce.
§10. The Stolen Body. SF. Psychic research.
§11. Mr. Brisher's Treasure. Mundane farce.
§12. Miss Winchelsea's Heart. A6. Mundane comedy.
§13. A Dream of Armageddon. A3. SF. Love and honor in the world of 2100; that is, the world of #11 and #12§4.
#20. The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth. 1904. A5 (299p). SF. Said by Wells to be "the idea of the first chapter of `Anticipations' and of the essay on `Locomotion and Administrative Areas' transmuted into fantasy" (A5§0; see #12), this story of children grown so gigantic that they cannot "get inside a church, or a meeting-house, or any social or human institution" (§1:4:2; emphasis added), is his most elaborate application of the method of #3 and #8 and his most extensive venture into allegory. (On a number of occasions in his later writings, Wells uses the expressions "Food of the Gods" and "Sea Lady" for opposing forces in the human heart; for one example, see #35.)
#21. A Modern Utopia. 1905. A9 (350p; including the Appendix, "Scepticism of the Instrument," which is of some importance in the history of semantics). SF. The world as it might have been in 1905 if history had been somewhat different, as shown by a parallel world out beyond Sirius; that is, a world more technologically advanced than Edwardian England only in the ways and to the degrees that would have been possible through the wider application of techniques already available. The Irresponsible Rich of #15 have no existence in Utopia, but the Efficients are present as the Poietic and Kinetic; the Speculators as the Base, mostly banished to islands where they may cheat each other to their heart's content (§5:2); the People of the Abyss as the Dull, those failing in the educational program, now about 13% but a constantly decreasing proportion of the population (§9:4); and the New Republicans of #15 and #18 as the Order of Samurai, in which Wells anticipates such organizations as Lenin's Communist Party. Since the Order is open to 87% of the population, subject only to one's willingness to abide by the Discipline, it cannot be said, critics to the contrary, to be anything like a managerial elite.
#22. Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. 1905. A8 (442p). Novel. With this story of a draper's assistant who inherits a fortune, Wells achieved the success that had eluded him with #13. Henceforth for many readers he was to be the supreme interpreter of the life of the lower middle class-the "new Dickens." Kipps was originally planned as part of a larger work; Harris Wilson has compiled a continous narrative from the surviving pages of the discarded manuscript and published it as The Wealth of Mr. Waddy (1969).
#23. In the Days of the Comet. 1906. A10 (313p). SF. The world before and after the passage of a comet that purifies the air men breathe and thus awakens "the Spirit of Man that had drowsed and slumbered and dreamt dull and evil things" (§2:1:3; cf #3). The first half of this book presents a considerably darker picture of lower-class life than that presented in #22 or any of the other early comedies. There seems to be no term in current usage, though eucatastrophe might serve, for a nonmillenial world-shaking natural event of beneficial effect, the theme not being common in literature. So far as I know, the only story comparable to #23 in this respect is Poul Anderson's Brain Wave (1954).
#24. The Future in America: A Search After Realities. 1906. A26 (238p). An examination of various aspects of American life in an effort to determine whether the United States is on the way to become the kind of Great State that Wells envisions in such works as ## 15, 21, 27, 38:7.
#25. Socialism and the Family. 1906. A16 (36p). A pamphlet on matters covered more fully but less radically in #27.
#26. This Misery of Boots. 1907. A4 (25p). A frequently reprinted essay in which shoddy footware is made to stand for all the inefficiencies of the capitalist system.
#27. New Worlds for Old. 1908 (272ap). An exposition of "modern Socialism," directed primarily at the middle classes, and said to have been the most widely influential socialist propaganda of its day. Includes the matter of two pamphlets: Will Socialism Destroy the Home? (1907) and A Walk Along the.Thames Embankment (1923).
#28. The War in the Air, and Particularly How Mr. Bert Smallways Fared While It Lasted. 1908. A20 (377p). SF. Notable for its blending of the science fiction of great events with the comedy of lower middle-class life. After a series of misadventures, Mr. Smallways finds himself on the flagship of the German Aerial Navy and thus with a grandstand seat for the beginning of the war that destroys civilization. Unlike ## 39 and 84 in that the destruction of civilization has no utopian aftermath.
#29. First and Last Things: A Confession of Faith and a Rule of Life. 1908 (212ap); 1917 (with addition of §1:12-15); see note on # 109. A11 (182p; 1917 text with deletion of §3:10-19). An introduction to philosophy. Begins with an exposition of the "neo-nominalism" which Wells began to develop as early as 1891 in "The Rediscovery of the Unique" (Fortnightly Review. July), which he developed further in "Scepticism of the Instrument" (#21, Appendix), which he continued to work at for the rest of his life (see #111§4), and which forms the metaphysical foundation for his view of what life is in the modern world and what one should do about it. Of the sections omitted in A11, the first seven deal with the possibility of organized brotherhoods along the lines of the Samurai (#21), and the last three with an attitude toward war rendered difficult to defend if not untenable by 1914-1918.
#30. Tono-Bungay. 1909. A12 (520p). Novel. Widely regarded as Wells's masterpiece, this is the autobiography of a scientist involved in the rise and fall of a financial empire that originates in the success of the eponymous patent medicine. In its concluding chapters, with the world collapsing around the protagonists, it becomes somewhat farcical and science-fictional in the search for an SF metal and the use of an SF aircraft. As has been noted by several critics, this book does for turn-of-the century England, especially with respect to advertising, corporate finance, and class relationships, what #11 attempted to do for the future. The most cogent account of the relationship between the two books is given by Wells in a 1921 preface that appears in the Collins edition of The Sleeper Awakes.
#31. Ann-Veronica: A Modern Love Story. 1909. A13 (390p). Novel. The first of Wells's novels to deal primarily with the upper classes, and the first to include extensive discussions of morality and politics, this story of a young woman from a respectable home who defies her parents, first in going to London to study biology and live on her own, then in demonstrating with the suffragettes and going to jail for the cause, and finally in setting up housekeeping with the man she loves even though he already has a wife, scandalized a vocal segment of the older generation and became an international success among young people.
#32. The History of Mr. Polly. 1910. A17 (280p):Novel. A return to the comedy of lower middle-class life, this book had a success comparable to that of #22 and continues to be one of Wells's most popular books.
#33. The New Machiavelli. 1911. A14 (553p). Novel. The autobiography of a politician who chooses, at the height of his career, to abandon politics for an illicit love (cf #17). For the scandal that arose from the similarity of two of the characters to Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and from the similarity of the crucial love affair to an affair of Wells' own, see Lovat Dickson, H. G. Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times. (1969), § 12. This is the first of the five Prig Novels--stories that "turn on a man asking himself what he shall do with his life" (A19§0), in each of which the protagonist is frustrated in the attempt to live a nobly constructive life by the pressures of sexuality or by the demands of a wife or husband interested only in mundane success (see ## 35, 37, 40, 45). Together with ## 13, 17, 62, they thus represent Wellsian variations on the ancient theme of love and honor.
#34. Floor Games. With marginal drawings by J. R. Sinclair. 1911 (63ap). An introduction to the art. See #36.
#35. Marriage. 1912. A15 (577p). The second of the prig novels (see #33): "Trafford has eaten the Food of the Gods, and Marjorie is immune to that stimulant and plays, in holy wedlock, the role of the Sea Lady" (A15§0).
#36. Little Wars: A Game for Boys from Twelve Years of Age to One Hundred and Fifty and for That More Intelligent Sort of Girl Who Likes Boys' Games and Books. With an Appendix on Kriegspiel. By ... the Author of "Floor Games" and Several Minor and Inferior Works. With marginal drawings by J.R. Sinclair. 1913 (103ap). 1970 (facsimile edition with Foreword by Isaac Asimov and Introduction by Christopher Ellis). Ellis indicates that a considerable literature has grown up in this field, all deriving from this book. If so, it has in its field the same kind of importance that ## 15, 56, and 80 have in theirs.
#37. The Passionate Friends. 1913. A18 (376p). Novel. The most romantic of the prig novels (see #33)--and the book in which the phrase "open conspiracy" first appears (see #75).
#38. An Englishman Looks at the World: Being a series of Unrestrained Remarks on Contemporary Matters. 1914 (443ap; in US as Social Forces in England and America). A9, 18, 20, 27 (217p).
§§1-3. The Coming of Bleriot; My First Plight; Off the Chain. A20, Of the 1909 channel crossing that demonstrated the practicability of heavier-than-air flight; of Wells's own venture three years later; and of the inevitable effect of the abolition of distance on commerce, politics, and social life.
§§4-5. Of the New Reign; Will the Empire Live? A20. Argues against imperial tariffs, imperial military establishments, etc.; argues for a great effort to make the Empire worthy of the loyalty of it's various peoples.
§6. The Labour Unrest; Social Panaceas; Syndicalism or Citizenship. 1912 pamphlet. Argues that modern conditions demand, not mere tinkering with wages and hours, which seems to be the sole concern of the labor unions, but fundamental changes in the social structure.
§7. The Great State. A18 (40p). Appeared in a book of the same title by Wells and 13 others (1912) as "The Past and the Great State." An epitome of Wells's social thought, with a remarkable diagram that makes Wells's view of past and future immediately clear.
§8. The Common Sense of Warfare. A20. 1913 pamphlet. Argues against conscription, for education.
§9. The Contemporary Novel. A9. The major statement of Wells's literary theory. Cf #85§7:5; also #74§25-26, #102§0.
§ 10. The Philosopher's Public Library. A description of what a public library should and very economically could be.
§11. About Chesterton and Belloc. A9. On the most persistent of his friendly enemies, who fought at his side against the capitalist order, but parted from him in advocating distributism rather than socialism and who are the objects of friendly comment or gentle satire in many of his books (not always gentle in the case of Belloc; see especially #70).
§12. About Sir Thomas More. Originally the introduction to an edition of Utopia published in 1905, the year #21 appeared.
§13. Traffic and Rebuilding. Suggests that it might be more economical to rebuild London on a new site.
§14. This So-Called Science of Sociology. 1907 pamphlet. Against Comte, Spencer; for Plato and the utopian approach.
§15. Divorce. A18. Changing mores.
§16. The Schoolmaster and the Empire. Against regarding Polonius as the ideal schoolmaster.
§17. The Endowment of Motherhood. A18. The most convenient statement of an idea also treated in 21, 27, 33.
§18. Doctors. For medicine as a "sanely organized public machine."
§19. An Age of Specialization? Argues that this is instead an age of the decline of specialization.
§20. Is There a People? Argues that there is not.
§21. The Disease of Parliaments. Argues for proportional representation. Cf #52§9-11.
§22. The American Population. A9 (as "The American Outlook"). A more pessimistic forecast than that of #24.
§23. The Possible Collapse of Civilization. A20. The great dangers are financial panic and modern warfare.
§24. The Ideal Citizen. A9. He is, in sum, a student and philosopher, understanding the society in which he lives.
§25. Some Possible Discoveries. The most sensational discoveries of the century are likely to be in biology.
§26. The Human Adventure. A27. Surely the most eloquent statement of Wells's vision of the future, this essay is an elaboration of the last pages of #20.
#39. The World Set Free: A Story of Mankind. 1914. A21 (247p). SF. An experiment in narrative structure, this romance tells of the development of atomic energy, of the use of atomic bombs in the most destructive of all wars, and with the world thus freed of its past, of the establishment of the world state and building of utopia. From this time on, despite the apparent optimism of many of his books, Wells seems always to have believed that only after some great cleansing, some catastrophe of worldwide scope, would the leaders of mankind leave the road to destruction and set out upon the road to utopia.
#40. The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman. 1914. A16 (500p). Novel. The fourth of the prig novels (see #33): large-minded wife, small-minded husband; thus in direct contrast with #35.
#41. The War That Will End War. 1914 (88ap). A pamphlet reprinting eleven newspaper articles in which Wells views the war less as a great disaster than as a great opportunity. With one exception ("The Liberal Fear of Russia"), they deal with matters more fully covered in #46.
#42. The Peace of the World. 1915. A21 (33p). Discusses the forces that make for war and calls for a world congress to replace the ambassadorial system.
#43. Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump: Being a First Selection from the Literary Remains of George Boon, Appropriate to the Times: Prepared for Publication by Reginald Bliss, with an Ambiguous Introduction by H.G. Wells. 1915 (1 98ap). A13 (166p; omits §§ 0 and 6-7). Novel: despite the title, this book is not a collection of papers by George Boon, the "remains" having turned out to be merely a few scraps of paper, but instead a narrative by Reginald Bliss in which he talks about Boon and his friends, reports their conversations, and reconstructs from memory never-written papers that Boon has told hitn about, including the (in) famous "Of Art, of Literature, of Mr. Henry James." Of the "selections" only one is a complete literary work: "The Story of the Last Trump," a fantasy in which the world continues on its merry way, the last trump having been heard but not believed. §§6-7, a lively but rather frivolous debate on metaphysics and religion, were perhaps omitted from A13 as being inconsistent with the views set forth on these matters in A11; for which see #50.
#44. Bealby: A Holiday. 1915. A17 (278p). Novel: the last and most farcical of the five comedies of lower middle-class life; see #6.
#45. The Research Magnificent. 1915. A19 (436p). The quintessential prig novel (see #33) in that it explores most fully the motivations and difficulties of a man attempting to lead a completely noble life. Although gestures were made in this direction in ## 33 and 35, Benham is the first of Wells's heroes to develop religious ideas along the lines of those more fully propounded by Mr. Britling in #47 and Wells himself in #50.
#46. What is Coming? A Forecast of Things After the War. 1916 (248ap). Looks forward first to a long war (being here different from #41 and #47) and then to the bankruptcy of the exhausted nations, which will force upon them a considerable degree of socialism; to the liberation of women made inevitable by their participation in the war effort; to a reformation of the universities, made possible by their now being virtually deserted; to a Europe made less quarrelsome by the rationalization of national boundaries; to the beginnings of a world state in the Permanent Alliance made necessary by the fear of a resurgent Germany; to the end of the various colonial empires, backward countries being prepared for statehood by the members of the Permanent Alliance; and to the eventual absorption of a chastened Germany into the new world order. For the way in which this "very loose-lipped" book was viewed by Wells 18 years later, see #84§9:5.
#47. Mr. Britling Sees It Through. 1916. A22 (as Mr. Britling; 538p). Novel. This story of life during wartime at the home of a famous author was Wells's greatest popular success in fiction, ranking second among American best sellers in 1916 and first in 1917: Many reviewers, and presumably large sections of the general public, found reassurance in Mr. Britling's religious conversion; on the other hand, many of Wells's most loyal followers felt themselves betrayed.
#48. The Elements of Reconstruction: A Series of Articles Contributed in July and August 1916 to The Times: With an Introduction by Viscount Milner. [Articles signed "D.P."]. 1916; 1917 (as by Wells). This pamphlet calls for increasing the size of British industrial units so that they can compete with those of Germany and the United States; for an imperial constitution and parliament (not wholly consistent with #38§4-5);
in general for adapting British institutions to the demands of the new age.
#49. War and the Future: Italy, France and Britain at War. 1917 (240ap;.in US as Italy, France and Britain at War). A26 (106p).
§0. The Passing of the Effigy. A26 as §1. Discusses the absence of "great and imposing leaders, Napoleons, Caesars."
§1. The War in Italy: August 1916. A26, abridged, as §§2-3.
§2. The Western War: September 1916. A26, abridged, as §§ 4-7. One chapter tells of Wells as the grandparent of the tank, because of his 1903 story "The Land Ironciads" (#70§1:4), of the old-line opposition to the development of tanks, and of their potential as "the decisive weapon of the war."
§3. How People Think of the War. In comparison to #46, a more restrained but still hopeful forecast of the world after the war.
#50. God the Invisible King. 1917. A11 (147p). An introduction to theology. From first to last (or at least, from #15§9 to #113) Wells saw Man as struggling to survive in a hostile universe, and saw religion as the dedication of the individual to this larger purpose. The present book forms with ## 51 and 54 what may be called a Manichaean trilogy, for in them, as less centrally in ## 45 and 47, the Spirit of Man is seen as embodied in a finite personal god. Although Wells repudiated this book from 1926 on (#69 §1:3, #85§9:4, #109§10), he was defending it as late as 1925 against both orthodox Christians on the right and the Rationalist Press Association on the left (A11§O), and it remains an accurate statement, except in the concept of a personal god, of his religious views.
#51. The Soul of a Bishop: A Novel (with Just a Little Love in It) about Conscience and Religion and the Real Troubles of Life. 1917. A25 (309p). Novel: the second part of the Manichaean trilogy. Having unwittingly taken a mind-expanding drug, the Bishop experiences the reality of the living God and eventually comes to find that he can serve Him best by leaving the established church.
#52. In the Fourth Year: Anticipations of a World Peace. 1918. A21 (125p; omits §O, 5ap).
§O. Preface. Of the various proposals made since 1914 for a league of nations.
§§1-8. The League of Free Nations. Argues that the League can be successful only if all the civilized peoples of the world are pledged to a common law and a common world policy. Includes the 1917 pamphlet A Reasonable Man's Peace.
§9-11. "Democracy." Argues for proportional representation.
#53. Joan and Peter: the Story of an Education. 1918. A23-24 (819p). Novel. The story of how Oswald Syndenham, bruised in body and spirit after serving the Empire in Africa for 17 years, returns to England to become the guardian of Joan and Peter, of how he undertook their education, and of what he and they learned in the years before and during the Great War.
#54. The Undying Fire: A Contemporary Novel. 1919. A11 (170p). Fantasy. This last part of the Manichaean trilogy (see #50) tells of a new wager in Heaven; of how Job Huss, headmaster of a school similar to Oundle (see #65), suffered through a series of blows to himself, his family, and his school; of how he kept the faith; and of how all things were restored. Although repudiating its theology, Wells continued t o regard this dialogue on religion and education as one of his finest artistic achievements (#84§7:5). Listed among Wells's works sometimes as a novel, sometimes as a romance; cf #66.
#55. History is One. 1919. A27.(14p). Prolegomena to #56.
#56. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind. 1920 (1950ap). Numerous editions in various formats; one of the best-selling books of all time. As the first full-scale history of mankind, and as by far the most widely read, this book was more important than any other in popularizing world history as a field of study. The note that dominates Wells's work from this time on is struck in the final chapter, "The Possible Unification of the World into One Community of Knowledge and Will." Although Wells the erstwhile school-teacher had labored extensively along conventional lines for the improvement of schools, teaching methods, etc. (in numerous never-reprinted articles in the educationist press and in #18), he had come to believe that such efforts would be largely futile until there had been broad changes in the attitudes of the members of the educated classes, especially with respect to religion and patriotism. In devoting its first 14 chapters to scientific concepts of the origin and prehistorical development of earth, life, man, language, and in devoting many of its other chapters to religions, cultures, and empires outside the Ancient-Medieval-Modern scheme that conventionally culminated first in Christian Europe and then in modern England (or modern Anycountry) as the crown of civilization, the Outline was consciously intended to reshape the outlook of its readers in very sensitive areas of belief and opinion. That it would arouse instense opposition in many quarters was only to be expected; see ## 60 and 70.
#57. Russia in the Shadows. 1920. A26 (75p; omits 6p Envoy). Tells of a visit made in October 1920 to Petersburg and Moscow, including an interview with Lenin, and argues that the Allies should seek not to overthrow but instead to aid the Bolshevik government, it being the only conceivable government that can save the country from complete collapse.
#58. A Memorandum on Peace Propaganda. In Campbell Stuart, Secrets of Crewe House (1920). A21 (13p). Written in 1918 while Wells was officially engaged in the propaganda campaign directed at the German people; published as evidence of the failure of the government to keep its wartime promises; cf #73§3.
#59. The Salvaging of Civilization. 1921 (186ap). §1, the second of the Wellsian manifestoes (see #18), anticipates the Threefold Imperative of #108. by declaring that "unless the ever more violent and disastrous incidence of war can be averted, unless some common controls can be imposed on the headlong waste of man's limited inheritance of coal, oil, and moral energy that is now going on, the history of humanity must presently culminate in some sort of disaster, repeating and exaggerating the disaster of the great war, producing chaotic social conditions, and going on thereafter in a degenerative process towards extinction" (§1:2) and then calls for "propagandist cults to which men and women must give themselves and their energies regardless of the consequences to themselves" (§1:4). §§2-3 distinguish between a true world state and such organizations as the League of Nations. §§4-7 discuss a possible Bible of Civilization and the schooling of the world. In sum, the salvaging of civilization, to use the famous phrase from #56§41:4, is a race between education and catastrophe.
#60. The New Teaching of History: With a Reply to Some Recent Criticisms of "The Outline of History." 1921 (42ap). Defends the concept of world history; expresses a willingness to accept corrections in matters of detail; complains that many critics attack the work for errors that apI)eared only in the serial version; etc.
#61. Washington and the Hope for Peace. 1922 (189ap; in US and in A26 as Washington and the Riddle of Peace). A26 (155p; omits 7 chapters). 29 newspaper articles on the Washington Disarmament Conference. The victorious Allies having imposed a punitive peace, the League having emerged as a mere paper organization, and this conference having actually achieved some success, Wells turns from the idea of an immediate world parliament to the hope that from this and similar conferences may come the establishment of world-wide limited-purpose organizations that can gradually become numerous enough and strong enough to create the conditions necessary for world peace, order, and development. Cf #77.
#62. The Secret Places of the Heart. 1922. A25 (250p). Novel. Like ## 13, 17, 33, this is a love-and-honor story, but in this case the lovers choose honor rather than love, separating so that they can devote themselves more effectively to the creation of the new world order.
#63. A Short History of the World. 1922. A27 (457p). Numerous editions, including paperback editions and updated revisions.
#64. Men Like Gods. 1923. A28 (321p). SF. A group of Englishmen pass through the F dimension to a utopian world such as Earth might become in a thousand years if it manages to survive the present Age of Confusion.
#65. The Story of a Great Schoolmaster: Being a Plain Account of the Life and Ideas of Sanderson of Oundle. 1924. A24 (130p). Wells's theory of what a school should be was closely approximated by Oundle School, to which he sent his own sons, and on which he modeled the school attended by Peter in #53 and the one presided over by Job Huss in #54.
#66. The Dream: A Novel. 1924. A28 (318p). An inhabitant of the utopian world of the 40th century dreams of life in the 20th century. The result is essentially a realistic story of working-class life. Although it can hardly be called science fiction, the story is given a distancing and coloring by the narrative device that might justify calling it a romance. Students of SF as popular literature might well be interested in the account of Thunderstone House, an English equivalent of the American publisher of pulp magazines.
#67. A Year of Prophesying. 1924 (302ap). A26 (76p; 14 selections as Articles written in 1923-1924). 55 newspaper articles on a wide variety of subjects. A 1924 pamphlet, The P.R. Parliament, appears here and in A26 as "The Extinction of Party Government."
#68. Christina Alberta's Father. 1925 (466ap). Novel. Partly the story of the growth to maturity of the heroine, and partly that of the belief of her putative father that he is a reincarnation of Sargon, King of Kings, and has only to proclaim his kingdom in order to bring it into being. This is the first of five stories making extensive use of formal psychology and centering on a protagonist who suffers from some form of psychosis. See ## 75, 82, 97, 102.
#69. The World of William Clissold: A Novel at a New Angle. 1926 (860ap; 3v in UK; 2v in US). A survey of the world of 1926, and of its history, purportedly written by a scientist of such vision and directive capability as to have been important in the development of a world-wide industrial organization similar to Brunner Mond and Co. Not more than a third of the book can be described as narrative, and even this tends to be synoptic rather than detailed. §5 presents the first extensive exposition of the Open Conspiracy for a world state, an idea that Wells thought should be especially attractive to men engaged in commerce or industry on a world-wide scale, hampered and restricted as they presumably are by the division of the world into numerous small states. See #75.
#70. Mr. Belloc Objects to "The Outline of History." 1926 (76ap). Wells's part in the no-holds-barred contest that Belloc began with a series of articles in the Catholic press.
#71. The Short Stories of H. G. Wells. 1927 (later editions as The Complete Short Stories of H. G. Wells). Contains 11 stories (191ap) not yet accounted for in this survey.
§1. The Time Machine and Other Stories. §§ 1:2, 1:3, 1:5, 1:6, 1:8, were first collected in a 1911 omnibus, The Country of the Blind and Other Stories.
§1:1. The Time Machine. See #1.
§1:2. The Empire of the Ants. (1905). A10. Biological SF. A new threat to man's predominance; cf #7§7.
§1:3. A Vision of Judgment. (1899). A10. Fantasy. Sinner and saint at what is not actually the last judgment.
§1:4. The Land Ironclads. (1903). A20. SF. Wells's chief claim to accuracy in technological prediction; see #49§2.
§1:5. The Beautiful Suit. (1909). A10. Mundane fantasy. A parable of innocence and experience.
§1:6. The Door in the Wall. (1906). A10. Unresolved fantasy. The classic story of the secret garden.
§1:7. The Pearl of Love. Written 1925 for A10. Mundane fantasy. A parable of the artistic process.
§1:8. The Country of the Blind. (1904). A10. Biological SF combining the lost-race and superman themes.
§2. The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents. See #4.
§3. The Plattner Story and Others. See #7.
§4. The Reconciliation. (1895). First collected in an 1897 omnibus, Thirty Strange Stories. Mundane melodrama.
§5. My First Aeroplane. (1910). A farcical SF parable: childish Man playing with a new and dangerous toy.
§6. Little Mother up the Morderberg. (1910). Mundane farce: a sequel to the preceding story.
§7. The Story of the Last Trump. A13. From #43, q.v.
§8. The Grisly Folk. (1921). SF. The clash of true man and Neanderthaler; a fictionalization of #56§10:1.
§9. Tales of Space and Time. See #12.
§10. Twelve Stories and a Dream. See #19.
#72. Meanwhile: The Picture of a Lady. 1927 (325ap). Novel. Eventualiy the constructive revolution; meanwhile, fascism in Italy and the general strike in England.
#73. The Works of H. G. Wells. Atlantic Edition. Vol. 27. 1927. Contains three essays not previously collected (54p).
§3. What is Success? A Note on Lord Northcliffe. Of Wells's long acquaintanceship with the great press lord, of their working together at Crewe House (see #58), and of the difference between the official propaganda issuing from Crewe House and the hate campaign waged against Germany in Northcliffe's newspapers.
§4. The Gifts of the New Sciences. Like #38§25 in predicting that the great advances will be in biology, psychology, education rather than in technology; less than prescient on atomic energy and the speed of travel.
§5. The Ten Great Discoveries. First, the use of implements; second, the beginning of moral law and social restraint in the form of tabu; tenth, the realization that the world is one.
#74. The Way the World is Going: Guesses and Forecasts of the Years Ahead. 1928 (338ap). One address and 26 newspaper articles, of which the following are perhaps of greatest interest.
§1. Man Becomes a Different Animal. Delusions about Human Fixity. Of the "biological revolution now in progress."
§5. Democracy Under Revision: A Lecture Delivered at the Sorbonne. 1927 pamphlet. Of the contrast between the indifference of the ordinary citizen-with-a-vote and the dedication of the members of such organizations as the Communist Party, the Fascist Party, and the Kuomintang, and of the similarities of these organizations to the New Republicans of #15 and #18 and the Samurai of #21. (§§2-4 cover much the same ground.)
§11. The Present Uselessness and Danger of Aeroplanes. A Problem in Organization. An instance of the failure of administrative units to adapt to the change in scale; cf #18§12.
§13. Delusions about World Peace. The Price of Peace. 1927 pamphlet (as Playing at Peace). The price is the world state.
§16. The Silliest Film: Will Mchinery Make Robots of Men? A review of Metropolis, the Fritz Lang film, noting its similarity to #11 and the failure of its creators to learn anything from the developments of the last 30 years.
§25. The Man of Science and the Expressive Man. To Whom Does the Future Belong? Some Thoughts about Ivan Pavlov and George Bernard Shaw. This discussion of style and content is one of the major statements of Wells's artistic theory.
§26. The Future of the Novel. Difficulties of the Modern Novelist. Argues that the novel adapts its form to changes in its environment.
#75. The Open Conspiracy: Blueprints for a World Revolution. 1928 (145ap). 1931 (rev as What Are We to Do with Our Lives?). The 1931 text, in which the revisions are more rhetorical than substantive, presents the final form of the third Wellsian manifesto (see ## 18, 59, 69). Abjuring anything so romantic as conspiratorial conspiracy; calling not for heroic action but only for the formation of study and propagandist groups, who would find their basic concepts in such books as ## 56, 80, 81, the manifesto must have struck many readers as less a call to world revolution than a device to sell books.
#76. Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island. Being the Story of a Gentleman of Culture and Refinement who suffered Shipwreck and saw no Human Beings other than Cruel and Savage Cannibals for several years. How he became a Sacred Lunatic. How he did at last escape in a Strange Manner from the Horror and Barbarities of Rampole Island in time to fight in the Great War, and how afterwards he came near to returning to that Island for ever. With much Amusing and Edifying Matter concerning Manners, Customs, Beliefs, Warfare, Crime, and a Storm at Sea. Concluding with some Reflections upon Life in General and upon these Present Times in Particular. 1928 (328ap). Novel: the second of the psychosis stories (see #68). Mundane comedy and satire in §§ 1, 2, 4, but delusional fantasy in §3, which presents a reversal of the situation in #20, the megatheria representing those swollen human institutions which have outlived their time but which refuse to die and thus clear the way for man's progress.
#77. The King Who Was a King: The Book of a Film. 1929 (175ap). Ruritanian romance; borderline SF. How a king outmaneuvers the foreign offices of the great powers and brings about a World Control for Calcomite (an SF metal); cf #61. (The film was never produced.)
#78. The Adventures of Tommy. 1929 (28ap). Cartoons with captions; a minor classic in children's books.
#79. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham: His Remarkable Adventures in this Changing World. 1930 (321ap). SF in a delusional-fantasy frame. How Mr. Parham, philosopher of history and expert in geopolitics, is at a seance possessed by a Visitant from Mars, the Master Spirit of Manhood and Dominion and Order, and thereafter proceeds to do for England what Mussolini has done, or talked about doing, for Italy.
#80. The Science of Life: A Summary of Contemporary Knowledge about Life and Its Possibilities. With Julian S. Huxley and G. P. Wells. 1930 (2700ap). Has been issued in 1v, 3v, 4v, and 9v editions. Planned and organized by Wells, with about 70% of the writing by Huxley and about 25% by G.P. Wells. Like #56, the first comprehensive treatment of its subject. "Its effects are still manifest in the increased space allotted to biology in the educational curriculum, and the greater interest of the general public in biological facts and their consequences"--Julian Huxley, Memories (1970), §12, which gives an account of the collaboration.
#81. The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind. 1931 (2v). 1932. Rev ed: UK 1934 (1390ap); US 1936 (as The Outline of Man's Work and Wealth). In Wells's social, political, and philosophical thought, the culmination of all that precedes and the basic source of all that follows: most of his other non-fictional works might well be regarded as mere addenda to this one book. With ## 56 and 80 forms what is often called the educational trilogy.
#82. After Democracy: Addresses and Papers on the Present World Situation. 1932 (230ap). 16 essays on politics, economics, morality, and the future, of which four had separate publication.
§3. The Common-Sense of World Peace. 1929 pamphlet. The common sense of world peace demands a world state.
§5. Imperialism and the Open Conspiracy. 1929 pamphlet. Laments that the concept of a self-sufficient Empire with protective tariffs should be advocated by a director of Brunner Mond and Co. See #69.
§6. The World Change. One section of a 1930 pamphlet, The Way to World Peace, the remainder omitted as repeating §3, as indeed it does, almost word for word.
§16. What Should Be Done--Now. 1932 pamphlet. The economic crisis demands a controlled inflation, the expansion of public employment, the lowering of tariffs, and disarmament.
#83. The Bulpington of Blup: Adventures, Poses, Stresses, Conflicts, and Disaster in a Contemporary Brain. 1932 (501ap). Novel. This third of the psychosis stories (see #68) recounts the fantasy life and the real life of a literary intellectual.
#84. The Shape of Things to Come: The Ultimate Revolution. 1933 (640ap). SF. Purportedly a schoolbook written in 2106, this history begins with the financial disasters of 1929 and moves through the depression years into a future extrapolated on the assumption that the nations will not be able to halt the steadily worsening economic and political disintegration. A decade of desultory warfare (the devitalized nations being unable to mount a war on the scale of 1914-18) is followed by a decade of plagues that halve the population of the world. With the world thus set free of its past, scientific and technical workers find it possible first to establish an Air Dictatorship and then to proceed to the building of utopia. For the film, see #87.
#85. Experiment in Autobiography: Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (since 1866). 1934 (1033ap). Covers the personal life through about 1900 and the professional life through the first half of 1934 (during which he interviewed both Roosevelt and Stalin). Notable for the frankness of its strictly autobiographical parts and for the vividness of the numerous portraits of men prominent in literature or public life.
#86. The New America, the New World. 1935 (60ap). On the ways in which the friends and enemies of the New Deal are reacting to the world crisis.
#87. Things to Come: A Film Story Based on Material Contained in his History of the Future "The Shape of Things to Come." 1935 (170ap). In its first half, a drastically simplified version of #84§2:9-12; in the second half, a story of conflict in the utopian world of 2054 in which the advocates of luxurious idleness try to prevent the advocates of heroic endeavor from attempting a voyage to the moon.
#88. The Croquet Player. 1936 (60ap). SF in the form of a rationalized ghost story: the changed environment is releasing and intensifying man's inherent aggression and cruelty.
#89. The Anatomy of Frustration: A Modern Synthesis. 1936 (166ap). Purportedly a review of a multi-volume work of the same name by a recently deceased author--a work modeled on Burton and dealing with the forces in human nature and modern life that frustrate Man in his collective effort to create a rational world order, and the individual in his effort to lead a worthwhile life. Cf the prig novels of 1911-1915.
#90. Man Who Could Work Miracles: A Film Story Based on Materials in His Short Story.... 1936 (106ap). SF. An expanded version of #12§5, together with a prologue and epilogue in heaven that make the misadventures of Mr. Fotheringay a test case for the question whether Man can safely be trusted with such power as science is even now putting into his hands.
#91. Star-Begotten: A Biological Fantasia. 1937 (151ap). SF. The discovery among us of a new human species and the search for the cause of its origin. Cf #96.
#92. Brynhild; or The Show of Things. 1937 (264ap). Novel. Satire on the building of a literary reputation.
#93. The Camford Visitation. 1937 (52ap). Borderline SF. The reactions of dons and students to an invisible but highly vocal visitor from outer space who lectures them on the short-comings of mankind, especially as represented at Camford and Oxbridge.
#94. The Brothers. 1938 (96ap). Ruritanian romance. In a civil war the royalist and communist leaders discover not only that they are twin brothers but also that they have, despite the contrast in their rhetoric, the same constructive principles.
#95. World Brain. 1938 (154ap). Ten addresses and articles on the establishment of a world encyclopaedia center and on education in general. Includes Wells's presidential address to the Education section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, 1937, "The Informative Content of Education," and a 1936 pamphlet, The Idea of a World Encyclopaedia.
#96. Apropos of Dolores. 1938 (344ap). Novel. The story of a battle royal between man and wife; related to #91 by the presence of the biologist Foxfield and the concept of two human species.
#97. The Holy Terror. 1939 (575ap). SF. The life story of Rud Whitlow, who is paranoic as a child, heroic as the leader of the world revolution, and again paranoic as the Master Director of the World State. With respect to depression and war, the extrapolative assumptions here are the same as in #84, but in this case there is a well-organized Open Conspiracy ready to take advantage of the coming of war. This is the fourth of the psychosis stories (see #68); from #102§4:1:4 it is clear that the protagonist, though he may at times suggest Hitler or Wells himself, is modeled primarily on Stalin.
#98. The Fate of Homo Sapiens: An unemotional statement of the Things that are happening to him now, and of the immediate Possibilities confronting him. 1939 (280ap; in US as The Fate of Man). 1942 (see note on #100). Begins with a statement of the ecological crisis and then surveys the "existing forces" that hold man on the road to destruction and prevent him from taking the road to utopia: Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Nazism, Totalitarianism, the British oligarchy, Shintoism, the New Life movement, Imperialism, Communism, the American mentality. The conclusion is that Man will almost certainly fail to adapt to his new environment and hence pass out of existence.
#99. Travels of a Republican Radical in Search of Hot Water. 1939 (125ap). Wells at his most cantankerous in eight articles and one address, and at his noblest in a second address, "The Honour and Dignity of the Free Mind," which was prepared for delivery to the 1939 meeting of the P.E.N. Club, scheduled for Stockholm in September, but canceled.
#100. The New World Order: Whether It Is Attainable, How It Can Be Attained, and What Sort of World a World at Peace Will Have to Be. 1940 (142ap). 1942 (see NOTE). This handbook for the constructive world revolution was Wells's first response to the coming of the second war; the same general ideas are developed more fully and coherently in #108. NOTE. In The Outlook for Homo Sapiens: An Amalgamation and Modernizatioti of [#98 and #100] (1942), the Introduction and 26 chapters of #98, with §§4-5 combined, appear as §§1-26, and the 12 chapters of #100 as §§27-38. The only modernizations are a transitional paragraph in §27, the use in §36 of a later version of the Sankey Declaration (see #101), and the addition of §39, "Russia, the West, and World Revolution."
101. The Rights of Man; or What Are We Fighting For? 1940 (93ap). An account of the origin of the Sankey Declaration, an exposition of its provisions, and an argument for its immediate world-wide adoption. The version of the Declaration given here also appears in #103; an earlier version appears in #100, a later version in #105 and #107, and the final version in #108 and #111.
#102. Babes in the Darkling Wood. 1940 (520ap). Novel. This fifth of the psychosis stories (see #68) is in large part an exposition of "the new and entirely revolutionary philosophy of behaviourism" (§0). The story tells of how the young hero and heroine clash with their old-fashioned parents, of what the hero experiences in Poland during the first days of the war, of his mental breakdown and the failure of psychoanalysis to effect a cure, and of the success of psychosynthesis. The Introduction is a defense of the novel of ideas as a literary form.
#103. The Common Sense of War and Peace: World Revolution or War Unending? 1940 (124ap). Material generally similar to that in #100.
#104. All Aboard for Ararat. 1940 (90ap). Fantasy. Having been so instructed by God, Noah Lammock, the well-known author, builds an ark in order to survive the flood of the ecological crisis.
#105. Guide to the New World: A Handbook of Constructive World Revolution. 1941 (180ap). Despite the title, this is simply a collection of 52 newspaper articles.
#106. You Can't Be Too Careful: A Sample of Life. 1941 (386ap). Novel. Wells's last book-length fiction is both a comedy of lower middleclass life that caused some reviewers to applaud the old man for returning to his true forte, and a drama of the world crisis. It is the life story of Edward Albert Tewler, a representative specimen (even as you and I) of Homo tewler, which may survive long enough to become Homo sapiens, but probably will not.
#107. Science and the World-Mind. 1942 (45ap). Poses the problem of the education of two billion people for world unity.
#108. Phoenix: A Summary of the Inescapable Conditions of World Organization. 1942 (265ap). A comprehensive summation of Wells's thinking on the ecological crisis and the constructive revolution. §1:2, "The Threefold Imperative," expresses more cogently than ever before a set of concepts that had occupied him since #59 in 1921. First, the abolition of distance, which subjects every country to the danger of a sudden blitzkrieg, makes imperative a world control of transport and communication, especially in the air. Second, the "stupendous enhancement of the power of waste" makes imperative the establishment of a world conservation authority. Third, the virtual disappearance of illiteracy and the danger posed by masses of discontented young men makes imperative the subordination of all states to a common fundamental law --a Rights of Man that includes the right of every man to satisfactory employment.
#109. The Conquest of Time: Written to Replace His "First and Last Things." 1942 (88ap). A compact exposition of "the religion of the new man," with an appendix on some theories of time. (Despite the intention indicated in the sub-title and the Preface, the Rationalist Press Association continued #29 as No. 1 in the Thinker's Library and made this book No. 92.)
#110. Crux Ansata: An Indictment of the Roman Catholic Church. 1943 (142ap). Among other things, condemns the Church for its failure to condemn Nazism.
#111, '42 to '44: A Contemporary Memoir upon Human Behaviour During the Crisis of the World Revolution. 1944 (360ap).
§O. Preface. States that since this book is "strong meat for babes" and may thus prove repellent to many who follow his propaganda for the new world order, it will be published only as an expensive library volume. (It was published at 42s, about four times the ordinary price.)
§ 1. The Heritage of the Past. The Psychology of Cruelty. Considers, in 14 sections, the possibility that Man's addiction to cruelty may prove an
insuperable barrier to the realization of a just world order and hence to
§2. How We Face the Future. 17 articles, mostly reprinted from periodicals, on stupidity and scoundrelism io high places.
§3. A Thesis on the Quality of Illusion in the Continuity of the Individual Life in the Higher Metazoo with Particular Reference to the Species Homo sapiens. 1942 pamphlet. The thesis with which Wells, at 85, won a doctorate from London University.
§4. A Memorandum on the Relation of Mathematics, Music, Moral and Aesthetic Values, Chess and Similar Intellectual Elaborations to the Reality underlying Phenomena. In Wells's neo-nominalism, mathematics cannot accurately reflect the ultimate reality.
§5. A Memorandum on Survival. On the survival or failure to survive of species in general and Man in particular. Incorporates material also used in the 1945 edition of #63 and in #113.
#112. The Happy Turning: A Dream of Life. 1945 (47ap); see #113. Autobiographical fantasy: conversations with Jesus on disciples, a hymn of hate against sycamores (cf the megatheria of #76), and a visit to Elysium.
#113. Mind at the End of Its Tether. 1945 (35ap); US 1946 (with 112); UK 1968 (with #112, edited with an introduction by G. P. Wells, as The Last Books of H. G. Wells). §§1-3 announce that "the end of everything we call life is close at hand and cannot be evaded"; §§5-8, not wholly consistent with this announcement, are from the 1945 edition of #63 and also, in part, from #111§5.
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