Inventing Tomorrow: H.G. Wells, Modernism and the Future

The Young Intellectuals created modern liberalism.

Who was the biggest influence on the Young Intellectuals though?

H.G. Wells wrote over 100 novels, sold millions of copies and was the most influential author in the English language of the early 20th century. Along with Jules Verne, Wells was the father of modern science fiction. He was a futurist, the apostle of free love and the champion of the progressive World State. More than almost anyone else, H.G. Wells imagined the 20th century. And yet, the influence of Wells as a public intellectual is strangely ignored in spite of his enormous literary output.

The Time Machine (1895)

The Wonderful Visit (1895)

The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)

The Invisible Man (1897)

The War of the Worlds (1898)

Wells published his best-selling novel The Time Machine in the 1890s and kept going until his death in the 1940s.

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  1. The trouble with the bulk of these eggheads, is they didn’t live to see the complete societal damage that their obsession with personal pleasure over everything caused.

    When it was just a few decadent intellectuals doing this, it didn’t affect society as a whole, as these things became main stream after world war 2 especially, that’s when society started going into the dumper.

    When you get right down to it, their views amounted to telling everybody to be a petty self absorbed asshole, this was a good thing, it was expected. I would imagine that most of these ‘people’ were atheists or agnostics anyway.

    I read once, I don’t remember where, that when a man stops believing in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing, he’ll believe in anything.

  2. I was a large fan of both Verne and Wells in high school. Incredibly imaginative men with a gift for thinking big and out of the box. In their defense, the turn of the 20th century was an exciting and hopeful time to be alive. Railroads crisscrossing America and Europe, the birth of flight, accessible electricity, new engine designs.

    You cannot blame them for thinking out of the box or imagining an accessible world because as they had no idea their country would be overrun by duplicitous outsiders thanks to hateful politicians and financiers. If we had no experience with being surrounded by Indians, Arabs and blacks, we would probably view them and their cultures in an exotic and romanticized way. Those still pushing such ideas are not ignorant. They are malicious

    • @ Cap’n John- the funniest part of that linked thread is ben shekelpiro shilling to the boomertards with his cowboy hat on next to someones else’s toyota truck.
      The kippah must be underneath in this pic that screams – ‘i am huwhyte, just like you’

  3. HG Wells created the Eloi and Morlock concept and suggested a virus would end an invasion. It’s pretty vivid fresh stuff.

  4. Kudos for discovering Melvin Bragg and his radio series In Our Time. He’s like Brad, but with BBC backing.

    • Yeah I’ve seen it twice, good flick. For more Wells inspired productions, The Time Machine made in 1960 is an exceptional film Of course, the re-make is dreadful.

  5. I not only saw the movie, I wrote a book report on the screenplay when I was in high school. It was fun to read, and the movie was helped by Raymond Massey and Ralph Richardson’s performances. I also liked a book of his, The Food of the Gods, when scientists create Boomfood, a super grain that will end world hunger and make giant food. Some rats eat it, grow large, and things happen. Also, some people raise their children on Boomfood, and the children grow up to be giants, and try to do good…build a nice, straight highway instead of all those wretched English lanes…and get stopped everywhere, and decide to fight back.

    It’s a nice allegory on science, but also about the ‘superman’ trying to change and antiquated world, and the resistance to such progress. Thoughtful. The movie is absolutely terrible.

    George Orwell met H.G. Wells and even had dinner with him. Orwell admired Wells and certainly thought his novels much more fascinating then much of established literary fiction, but by WWII, when Wells argued for a peace commission and a world commission controlling all military air power, he thought Wells out of date.

  6. Read his books New World Order and A Modern Utopia. Globalists still quote it today although they try to pass it off as their own words! He loved Stalin and went to the Soviet Union to interview him and you can still find said interview on the internet.

  7. I’m so glad that you mention H.G. Wells.

    His short story “The machine stops” is the best predictor of the modern age I ever read. A warm suggestion to all, it will have your jaw firmly stuck to the floor.

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