H. G. Wells
“He is the sort of man who, if I were a woman and I were not around, I should be in love with Mr Wells.”
|Date of birth:||21 September 1866|
15 November 802762
|Place of birth:||Bronley, Kent< England|
former site of Whiffycrotch, Surrey, England
|Nationality:||English (later British, later Samurai)|
|Died||7 August 1946|
Herbert Gandalf Wells was born in what was Whiffycrotch, Surrey, England on 15 November 802672 On his 29th birthday he used a time machine of his own design to return to 1895 and tell himself how he did it. After returning to 802701 his 19th century selfwrote an account of his adventures in time travel and settled down to a career of writing and adultery. Between 1895 and 1946 his 20th century death he wrote some of the greatest polemics in English literature. Meanwhile, in 802701 he settled down with Yvette Mimieux and raised several children, among whom were Alexander the Great, Pythagoras and Jesus.
Though Wells is most commonly known, at least in the 21st century, to have carried out an early life in the 19th, there is some evidence for an early life carried out in earlier centuries. The 4th century BCE, for example, where according to Herodotus "a child, being blessed by the gods with prescience and speaking an unknown tongue was brought before the King and, after quickly acquiring the art of speech, advised the King on covering his windows with cloth to keep out the wind and then described a new system of marriage based on sharing the most beautiful women and confining the others to caverns below the ground." More compelling evidence comes from the records at Winchester Cathedral where a "boy of fourteen, nameth Welles or of that District, was taken before His Grace the Bishop, for the Vicar of that church espied him in the Act of Cruelty and Malice; to wit he had Tied down a Dogge and was cutting it cruelly with a sharpened knife. When taken by the Towne's People he cryeth out: "You Fooles! I am making a Man!" He was Sentenced to five Days in the Stockes but Escaped and hath not been Seen since.' 'Welles' left behind a pamphlet entitled 'A Treatise on The Abolition of Marriage' but this document has not survived.'
- Wells' appearnces seem to be increasing as better scholarship reveals more evidence. There is conjecture that he has appeared in the past as Imhotep, Macchiavelli and Charlemagne.
H G Wells' ostensible life began on 21 September 1866 in Bronley, Kent as the son of one or more parents. No contemporary record of his birth survives, however, and details of it are presumed, based mostly on Well's own tesimony. As Rebecca West stated in 1939 "He seems simply to have appeared out of nowhere a a baby, grown to be a six year old and never changed since." He was educated at Bronley Conservative College a brutal insitution formerly Bromley Asylum for the Undercapitalised, where the graduation rate was approximately 14 percent. Most students died of exposure in the so-called 'gymnasium' or were simply erased from the rolls and sold for medical experiments. This vicious and Darwinian environment excited the young Wells and he excelled at Latin, cricket and neglect. He was to say in later life "that if it hadn't been for the cruelty and utter brutality of that school many of the older boys would've starved. The bestiality was something of a necessity to keep warm in the winter, though some of the boys made lasting friendships of some of the longer-lived animals."
- After getting four leg byes in a cricket match against Kentish Girl's Dormitory and Kennels in 1880, Wells was sent to the school Master of Encouragement, an ex-Indian Army Sergeant-Major named Charles Dickens. Sodomy obviously ensued, but the details are mostly shrouded in mystery. Whoever did whom, this incident had a lasting effect on Wells. In a letter to Arthur Conan Doyle in 1913 he described Dickens as 'being round and as large as a bear with skin that glistened like wet leather. A lipless mouth and eyes round and luminous.'
Wells appears to have come into existence as an infant of about three months on 14 February 802673, possibly arriving from the future. Therefore a conjectural birthdate of 15 November 802672 is usually proposed, taking into account the 'leap day' December 32nd or January 0th. He was raised by the Eloi, whom he at first loved then came to despise for their decadence and then to love again as he grew older and more responsible. There is some opinion that he grew to love Morlocks but Wells himself never confirmed this belief, so far as is known. Wells' life among the Eloi proved unsatisfying to someone of his intellectual vigour and he took off from the Eloi village near London to explore Great Britain's tropical paradise in his fourteenth year. On discovering the Alyeri in their subterranean tunnels beneath the English Channel and later the Eiffelese in what had been France he became disillusioned with what he mysteriously saw as the future of Mankind and returned to his beloved Eloi keen to discover how he, a man seemingly completely out of his time had come to be here and how Mankind seemed to have divergd into various species or at least wildly divergent races.
- Fortunately the plans for a time machine were easily discovered in the collections of the Eloi, printed on long-lasting paper that appeaed to be two hundred years old. It took very little time for Wells to build his time machine, since the parts were already available from the chimneys letting air down into the Morlocks subterranean caverns. Wells' first experiemtnal trip was back only one hundred years where he dropped off the plans for the time machine and somehow contracted with the Morlocks to make the parts. Wells' next trip is more of a mystery. He may have travelled foward in time to impregnate one of his descendants in order to bring back a baby from the future or he may have travelled back intime to the 1860's to have hot monkey sex with his maternal ancestor. What is undeniable is that he returned to 1895 with plans for a time machine which he left with himself with instructions to travel forward to the year 802701. As both Wellses where 29 at the time of this trip it seems that this spreading of wild oats throughout the centuries didn't take long. There is no evidence to suggest that Wells experimented with transgender or metagender lifestyles, but it is certainly possible that Wells was his own grandfather, father and one or two uncles. Neertheless, only one Wells returned to 802701 to settle down with Yvette Mimieux.
Wells' works are divided into two major critical groups or oeuvres: the scientific romances and everything else. Such 'fictional' works as The Time Machine and The Invisible Man fall into the former category, while Love and Mr Lewisham and Kipps fall into the latter. It is for these scientific romances that Wells is most popularly known, although his later works on the 'romantic sciences' as they were called by J B S Haldane were the subject of popular enquiry and discussion in the months leading up to the Allied victory in Europe.
In Popular Culture
H G Wells' works have been adapted to the stage, screen, radio, glove puppetry, kabuki, street theatre, four US Presidential campaigns, some inedible Chinese confections, a line of shemale lingerie and at least one sexual position. Wells himself appeared briefly as Rod Taylor in 1960's The Time Machine opposite his then wife Yvette Mimieux and mistress Sebastian Cabot and again briefly as both Malcolm McDowell and David Warner in 1979's Time After Time. Wells is referred to as 'the father of science fiction' along with Jules Verne. Why should science fiction have two fathers? It's science fiction! Jeez.
- Anyway, since he was at one time English, a gaggle of semi-literate Brummies who can draw a bit have made gazillions of comics based on his work. I'd say more but I've got to hang the washing out.
- Probably Philip of Macedon
- Holt-Rinehart, W Annotated Records of the Hearings at Winchester, London 1876 p 211
- Gerrold, D Time Travel Rules! New York, Ace, 1987 pp 32-48 and 277
- Quoted in Cousteau, J Under The Sea and Other Miscellany London, Allen & Unwin, 1988 p 545
- Trollope, A The Way Things Were London, Chatto & Windus, 1919 p 300
- Dick, A They're Here, They're Queer: How Homosexuality is Natural and Good Because Aliens Do It, San Francisco, Pink Press 2004 p 91
- Lake, D The Man Who Loved Morlocks
- Haldane, J B S "Stranger Than We Can Imagine", The Lancet Vol XALVIII, issue 5, 1947