Name at birth: Herbert George Wells
In 1895 H.G. Wells published The Time Machine, considered one of the earliest science fiction novels. He gained fame through other fantastical novels such as The War of the Worlds,The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man, but he also wrote several comic novels, short stories, non-fiction books and essays. Extremely prolific, much of his work is commentary on socio-political and scientific issues.
Wells had a love affair with writer Rebecca West, and together they had a son, Anthony West… Wells’s story War of the Worlds was made into a famous 1938 “hoax” radio broadcast by Orson Welles… War of the Worlds was made into feature films in 1953 (starring Gene Barry) and 2005 (starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning).