altre tendenze – H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells (1866-1946), was an English writer who started a new trend (tendenza) in the history of English literature and together with Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) and Jules Verne (1828-1905) is seen as a father of science fiction. His great interest in biology, and his political passion – he was a  member of the Fabian Society – brought him to write about bioethics. Works like  The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897) are about man and new technologies and scientific experiments. In The War of the Worlds (1898) he  describes an invasion of late Victorian England by Martians using Tripod fighting machines with advanced weapons (armi). The novel is narrated by an anonymous journalist, who meanwhile (nel frattempo) tries to join (di unirsi) his wife and daughter in the midst (mezzo) of the battles. Forty years after its publication, on the night of Halloween 1938, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on-air radio broadcast (trasmissione via radio) of the novel caused panic in New York City. This book inspired numerous movie adaptations and print sequels (adattamenti cinematografici e sequel scritti)