Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brief summaries of several short stories of H G Wells

By StevenLP at Asimov's Forum.

"The Star" (download as part of a larger package) & "The Man Who Could Work Miracles" (download) are among the most reprinted stories of science fiction. Former describes an apocalypse brought about by gravitational perturbations due to passage through inner Sol of an alien celestial body. Later is closer to fantasy: a young man whose wishes the physical world seems to grant, often in drastic ways.

"The Land Ironclads" (download) features in "The Ascent of Wonder", & is a hard sf description of what in Wells' future would be military tanks.

Related: Stories of H G Wells.