Herbert George Wells (1866 – 1946) was an English author, best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other fields, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary.
Together with Jules Verne, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".
Wells was also an outspoken socialist and sympathetic to pacifist views.
His middle period novels (1900–1920) were less science-fictional; they covered lower-middle class life (The History of Mr Polly) and the 'New Woman' and the Suffragettes (Ann Veronica).
It is however, for his science fiction works that he will be most fondly remembered.