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H G Wells

The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents

The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents was first published in 1895, before H G Wells had made his name with his longer stories. I sometimes feel that his later works concentrate too much on social commentary, and that the short stories of this book allow the reader to see more of Wells' unique inventiveness. There are are stories involving attacks by mysterious animals, as well as a couple of deadly plants. If you want to see how Wells' began his career as a novelist, or if you just like to read short stories then you'll probably enjoy the plot twists of these early examples.

In the title story a bacteriologist impresses an interested visitor with the deadliness of the cholera germs he keeps in a sealed tube in his laboratory. But all is not as it seems - neither of them are being truthful. As well as science-fictional stories, there are several which involve explorers/soldiers (of course Wells was writing in the days of the British Empire and so had a different viewpoint to the one we have today), and throughout the book the reader gets a glimpse of the nature of British society at the end of the nineteenth century.

Note: you can download this book at http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/12750

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This is H. G. Wells' first book. First published in 1895 just before his first novel, "The Time Machine", "The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents" features H. G. Wells' earliest science fiction stories. Ranging from a plot to wipe out London through biological terrorism to an unknown creature preying on scientists at a remote astronomical observatory, the stories display the amazing imagination and plot twists that are characteristic of the author's later works. Full of youthful exuberance, each of these tales presented in their original context provide for a greater appreciation for how Wells developed his craft. Several of the brief plots laid out in this collection were subsequently expanded by the author into larger works, while others could be the basis for other writers' efforts, such as "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid", which is essentially the same story as "Little Shop of Horrors". "The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents", appearing here for the first time as a stand-alone trade paperback, consists of ten original stories by a master of science fiction.

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