Victorian Visions: H. G. Wells's Scientific Romances @ Century Club Shaftesbury Avenue London, London [13 February]

Victorian Visions: H. G. Wells's Scientific Romances


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13
February
18:30 - 20:30

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Century Club Shaftesbury Avenue London
London, United Kingdom
This salon is part of the science fiction series at London's exclusive Century Club.

When H.G. Wells left school in 1880 at the age of thirteen he looked destined for obscurity. Defying expectations, he became one of the most famous writers in the world, remaining active into the era of the atomic bomb, which he predicted by thirty years. Wells is most remembered for his tales of speculative fiction, a genre which was then known as the scientific romance before it was usurped in the mid 20th by the term science fiction.

In this talk, historian Dr Sherborne will put Wells’s scientific romances into the context of his versatile career as an author, explaining how he came to write books such as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds and considering what understanding of life lies behind them. Sherborne will then examine how a hundred years after they were written Wells’s futuristic visions may have dated, sometimes in quite comical ways, but nonetheless remain compelling.

Dr Michael Sherborne
Michael Sherborne is the author of the biography HG Wells: Another Kind of Life. A vice-president of the HG Wells Society, he has written, lectured and broadcast widely on all aspects of Wells’s life and work. He has also written Advanced Level study guides on Shakespeare, Orwell and Huxley, as well as two comic novels. In 2018, he won the Shaw Society Playwriting Award with a humorous one-act play about Brexit.

Tickets £12. Please visit: https://acuriousinvitation.com/scientificromanceandhgwells.html
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