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H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Related: 1866 - mad scientist trope - science fiction novels - author - British literature - 20th century literature

Titles: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896) - The Shape of Things to Come (1933)

The Invisible Man (1897) - H.G. Wells [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells [Feb 2005]

The Invisible Man (1897) - H.G. Wells

Related: special effects - early cinema - novel - invisibility in fiction - 1897

Laura Marcus (Virginia Woolf expert and cinema theorist) in 1001 Books argues that:

[Wells undoubtedly drew] "on the early cinema's exploitations of the new medium's abilities to animate inanimate objects and to move matter through space without visible agency."

Maybe Laura Marcus is referring to the work of Georges Méliès who was very innovative in the use of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his films. But it couldn't have been A Trip To The Moon she is refering to since that particular film was first shown to the public in 1902, five years after The Invisible Man was published. So what early cinema featuring special effects could Wells have been exposed to?

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