H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, Kent in 1866. After working as a draper's apprentice and pupil-teacher, he won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in 1884, studying under T. H. Huxley. He was awarded a first-class honours degree in biology and resumed teaching but had to retire after a kick from an ill-natured pupil afflicted his kidneys. He worked in poverty in London as a crammer while experimenting in journalism and stories. It was with THE TIME MACHINE (1895) that he had his real breakthrough.
Wells' scientific romances were . . . works of art with unique relevance for our times--Arthur C. Clarke The Prospero of all the brave new worlds of the mind, and the Shakespeare of science fiction--Brian W. Aldiss Wells' scientific romances were...works of art with unique relevance for our times--Arthur C. Clarke