H.G. [Herbert George] Wells

H.G. [Herbert George] Wells
Birth and death
1866 - 1946
Profession details
Novelist, Social Commentator
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Alistair Grant and Joanna Tapp

H.G. [Herbert George] Wells (1866-1946) novelist and social commentator.

H.G. Well's novel 'The War of the Worlds' (1898) was a seminal work of science fiction. It describes an alien invasion, beginning on Horsell Common in Woking. Many places in Elmbridge are mentioned as the Martians stomp through Surrey - Weybridge, St George's Hill, Painshill, Esher and Ditton. Wells wrote the book whilst living in Woking.

In Chapter Twelve, Weybridge is the location of a battle in which a Martian fighting machine is destroyed. The chapter is called, 'What I saw in the destruction of Weybridge and Shepperton':

'No one in Weybridge could tell us where the headquarters were established; the whole place was in confusion as I had never seen in any town before. Carts, carriages everywhere, the most astonishing miscellany of conveyances and horseflesh. The respectable inhabitants of the place, men in golf and boating costumes, wives prettily dressed, were packing, riverside loafers energetically helping, children excited, and, for the most part, highly excited at this astonishing variation of their Sunday experiences. In the midst of it all the worthy vicar was very pluckily holding an early celebration, and his bell was jangling above the excitement.' ('The War of the Worlds', Chapter Twelve.)

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