Spellbinding short stories of man-eating squid, magicians and monstrous machines, from the father of science fiction.
‘… slowly uncoiling their tentacles… and making a soft purring sound to each other’
A disgusting account of a school of giant squid attacking a seaside resort, and two other examples of Wells’ extraordinary imagination at work – ‘The Magic Shop’ and ‘The Land Ironclads’
One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.
About the Author
H.G. Wells was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books, including pioneering science fiction novels, histories, essays and programmes for world regeneration. He was a founding member of numerous movements including Liberty and PEN International – the world’s oldest human rights organization – and his Rights of Man laid the groundwork for the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Wells’ controversial and progressive views on equality and the shape of a truly developed nation remain directly relevant to our world today. He was, in Bertrand Russell’s words, ‘an important liberator of thought and action’.
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