H.G. Wells Books In Publication & Chronological Order - BookSeries.org (2024)

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H.G. Wells is considered by many to be the father of science fiction, mentioned alongside names like Herbert George and Jules Verne. A journalist and prolific author, Wells was born in 1866 in Britain.

Order of H.G. Wells Standalone Novels

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1The Time Machine 1895 Description / Buy
2The Wonderful Visit 1895 Description / Buy
3The Island of Dr. Moreau (Short Story) 1896 Description / Buy
4The Wheels of Chance 1896 Description / Buy
5The Invisible Man 1897 Description / Buy
6The War of the Worlds 1898 Description / Buy
7When the Sleeper Wakes / The Sleeper Awakes 1899 Description / Buy
8Love and Mr. Lewisham 1899 Description / Buy
9The First Men in the Moon 1901 Description / Buy
10The Sea Lady 1902 Description / Buy
11The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth 1904 Description / Buy
12Kipps 1905 Description / Buy
13A Modern Utopia 1905 Description / Buy
14In the Days of the Comet 1906 Description / Buy
15The War in the Air 1908 Description / Buy
16Tono-Bungay 1909 Description / Buy
17Ann Veronica 1909 Description / Buy
18The History of Mr Polly 1910 Description / Buy
19The Sleeper Awakes 1911 Description / Buy
20The New Machiavelli 1911 Description / Buy
21Marriage 1912 Description / Buy
22The Passionate Friends 1913 Description / Buy
23The World Set Free 1914 Description / Buy
24The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman 1914 Description / Buy
25Bealby: A Holiday 1915 Description / Buy
26The Research Magnificent 1915 Description / Buy
27Boon, the Mind of the Race (As: Reginald Bliss) 1915 Description / Buy
28Boon 1915 Description / Buy
29Mr. Britling Sees It Through 1916 Description / Buy
30The Soul of a Bishop 1917 Description / Buy
31Joan and Peter: A Story of an Education 1918 Description / Buy
32The Undying Fire 1919 Description / Buy
33The Secret Places of the Heart 1922 Description / Buy
34Men Like Gods 1923 Description / Buy
35The Dream 1924 Description / Buy
36Christina Alberta's Father 1925 Description / Buy
37The World of William Clissold 1926 Description / Buy
38Meanwhile the Picture of a Lady 1927 Description / Buy
39Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island 1928 Description / Buy
40The King Who Was a King 1929 Description / Buy
41Autocracy of Mr. Parham 1930 Description / Buy
42Bulpington of Blup 1930 Description / Buy
43The Shape of Things to Come 1933 Description / Buy
44The Croquet Player 1936 Description / Buy
45Star Begotten 1937 Description / Buy
46The Camford Visitation 1937 Description / Buy
47Brynhild 1937 Description / Buy
48The Brothers 1938 Description / Buy
49Apropos of Dolores 1938 Description / Buy
50The Holy Terror 1939 Description / Buy
51All Aboard for Ararat 1940 Description / Buy
52Babes in the Darkling Wood 1940 Description / Buy
53You Can't Be Too Careful 1941 Description / Buy
54The Wealth of Mr. Waddy 1969 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Short Stories/Novellas

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1The Chronic Argonauts / The Chronic Argonaughts (Short Story) 1888 Description / Buy
2The Triumphs of a Taxidermist (Short Story) 1894 Description / Buy
3The Treasure in the Forest (Short Story) 1894 Description / Buy
4The Flowering of the Strange Orchid (Short Story) 1894 Description / Buy
5The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes / The Story of Davidson's Eyes (Short Story) 1895 Description / Buy
6The Plattner Story (Short Story) 1896 Description / Buy
7The Star (Short Story) 1897 Description / Buy
8The Sea-Raiders (Short Story) 1897 Description / Buy
9The Crystal Egg (Short Story) 1897 Description / Buy
10A Story Of The Days To Come (Short Story) 1897 Description / Buy
11Mr. Ledbetter's Vacation (Short Story) 1898 Description / Buy
12A Dream of Armageddon (Short Story) 1901 Description / Buy
13The Story of the Inexperienced Ghost (Short Story) 1902 Description / Buy
14The Valley of Spiders 1903 Description / Buy
15The Magic Shop (Short Story) 1903 Description / Buy
16Mr. Skelmersdale in Fairyland (Short Story) 1903 Description / Buy
17The Door in the Wall (Short Story) 1906 Description / Buy
18The Desert Daisy 1957 Description / Buy
19Ugh-Lomi and the Cave Bear (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
20The New Accelerator (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy
21Under the Knife (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy
22A Vision of Judgment (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy
23Aepyornis Island (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy
24The Obliterated Man (Short Story) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Short Story Collections

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1Select Conversations with an Uncle (Now Extinct) and Two Other Reminiscences (Short Story) 1895 Description / Buy
2The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents 1896 Description / Buy
3The Crystal Egg and Other Tales 1897 Description / Buy
4Thirty Strange Stories 1897 Description / Buy
5The Plattner Story and Others 1897 Description / Buy
6Tales of Space and Time 1899 Description / Buy
7Twelve Stories and a Dream 1906 Description / Buy
8The Country of the Blind and Other Selected Stories 1909 Description / Buy
9Tales of Wonder 1910 Description / Buy
10The Complete Short Stories 1927 Description / Buy
11The Moth and Other Stories 1962 Description / Buy
12Early Writings in Science and Science Fiction 1975 Description / Buy
13The Empire of the Ants and Other Stories 1977 Description / Buy
14The Man With a Nose 1984 Description / Buy
15In the Days of the Comet & Seventeen Short Stories 1999 Description / Buy
16The Red Room and Other Stories 2000 Description / Buy
17The Grisly Folk, and the Wild Asses of the Devil 2008 Description / Buy
18Collected Short Stories 2008 Description / Buy
19Tales of the Weird and Supernatural 2011 Description / Buy
20The Best Short Stories of H.G. Wells 2015 Description / Buy
21The Argonauts of the Air & 15 Short Stories 2015 Description / Buy
22The Door in the Wall? And Other Stories (Short Story) 2017 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Screenplays

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1The Man Who Could Work Miracles (Short Story) 1898 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Non-Fiction Books

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1Certain Personal Matters 1897 Description / Buy
2Anticipations 1901 Description / Buy
3The Discovery of the Future (Short Story) 1902 Description / Buy
4Mankind in the Making 1903 Description / Buy
5The Future in America 1906 Description / Buy
6This Misery of Boots (Short Story) 1907 Description / Buy
7First and Last Things 1908 Description / Buy
8New Worlds for Old 1908 Description / Buy
9Floor Games 1911 Description / Buy
10Little Wars 1913 Description / Buy
11An Englishman Looks at the World 1914 Description / Buy
12What is Coming? (Short Story) 1916 Description / Buy
13Elements of Reconstruction (Short Story) 1916 Description / Buy
14God the Invisible King 1917 Description / Buy
15War and the Future / Italy, France and Britain at War (Short Story) 1917 Description / Buy
16In The Fourth Year (Short Story) 1918 Description / Buy
17The Outline of History 1919 Description / Buy
18Russia in the Shadows 1920 Description / Buy
19The Salvaging of Civiization (Short Story) 1921 Description / Buy
20A Short History of the World 1922 Description / Buy
21Washington and the Riddle of Peace / Washington and the Hope of Peace 1922 Description / Buy
22A Modern Utopia and Other Discussions 1925 Description / Buy
23The Open Conspiracy: What Are We To Do With Our Lives? 1928 Description / Buy
24The Science of Life ( With: G.P. Wells, Julian Huxley) 1929 Description / Buy
25The Open Conspiracy and Other Writings 1933 Description / Buy
26Experiment in Autobiography 1934 Description / Buy
27H.G. Wells in Love 1934 Description / Buy
28World Brain 1938 Description / Buy
29The Fate of hom*o Sapiens / The Fate of Man 1939 Description / Buy
30The New World Order (Short Story) 1939 Description / Buy
31The Conquest of Time 1942 Description / Buy
32Crux Ansata 1943 Description / Buy
33Mind at the End of Its Tether 1945 Description / Buy
34Frank Swinnerton ( With: Arnold Bennett, Grant M. Overton) 1975 Description / Buy
35Interviews and Recollections 1981 Description / Buy
36Experiment in Autobiography, Vol. 2 1984 Description / Buy
37A Volume of Journalism 1999 Description / Buy
38The Conquest of Time and The Happy Turning 2002 Description / Buy
39Little Wars and Floor Games 2006 Description / Buy

Order of H.G. Wells Audiobooks

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1The Martian Invasion of Earth 1898 Description / Buy

Order of Correspondence Of H.G. Wells Series

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1The Correspondence of H.G. Wells 1996 Description / Buy
2The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 2 1997 Description / Buy
3The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 4 1997 Description / Buy
4The Correspondence of H G Wells, Vol. 3 1997 Description / Buy

H.G. Wells Anthologies

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1 Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery and Horror1931Description / Buy
2 The Pocket Book of Mystery Stories1941Description / Buy
3 World's Great Mystery Stories1943Description / Buy
4 Alfred Hitchco*ck Presents: Bar The Doors1946Description / Buy
5 50 Great Short Stories1952Description / Buy
6 The Sixth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories1970Description / Buy
7 The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume II A1973Description / Buy
8 Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...1974Description / Buy
9 Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1979Description / Buy
10 Over the Rainbow1983Description / Buy
11 The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories1984Description / Buy
12 Adventure Stories for Boys and Girls1985Description / Buy
13 War Stories1987Description / Buy
14 Mysterious Sea Stories1987Description / Buy
15 Science Fiction Stories1988Description / Buy
16 Tales of the Occult1989Description / Buy
17 The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales1993Description / Buy
18 The Best Crime Stories Ever Told2002Description / Buy
19 The Campfire Collection2003Description / Buy
20 The War of the Worlds: Fresh Perspectives2005Description / Buy
21 Tainted: Tales of Terror and the Supernatural2008Description / Buy
22 Great Classic Science Fiction2010Description / Buy
23 The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction2010Description / Buy
24 The Time Traveler's Almanac2013Description / Buy
25 Contact: Stories of the New World2013Description / Buy
26 Amazing Stories, February 19292014Description / Buy
27 Classic Martian Stories2014Description / Buy
28 Lost Mars2018Description / Buy
29 30 Eternal Masterpieces of Humorous Stories2019Description / Buy
30 30 Occult & Supernatural Masterpieces You Have to Read Before You Die2019Description / Buy
31 Classic Tales of Horror2020Description / Buy

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Wells was never shy about his poverty-ridden upbringing and he often sought to glorify the importance of lower-class beginnings. Things began to change for the author when he found his way to the Imperial College of Science and technology as a result of a timely scholarship.

Even with his education, Wells’ poor beginnings continued to affect his ideas and attitudes towards the world. Wells thought that communism was the only solution to a world whose capitalist class divisions would eventually destroy it.

While at the Imperial College, H.G. Wells had the opportunity to study under T.H. Huxley. The author experimented with school magazines and newspapers before finally writing The Time Machine in 1895.

His first novel, one that he wrote in an attempt to overcome his financial constraints, the book was very critical of capitalism and it elicited interest from his readers in Victorian England. With books like The Invisible Man and The War Between the Worlds following, H.G. Wells soon cemented his place as an unparalleled genius in the science fiction arena.

The author is still best known for the 1938 radio play of his War Between the Worlds book which was so convincing in its delivery that it caused panic and mayhem amongst listeners who thought that earth might have become the victim of an Alien Assault.

A controversial figure in politics that drew criticism for cheating on his wives whilst also seemingly fighting for women’s rights, and pushing for socialism only to reject it later, H.G. Wells was loved and hated in equal measure by his peers, most of whom recognized his genius as an author despite their irritation with his person.

H.G. Wells’ popularity peaked in the 1920s. After a while, all the propaganda in his books drew the ire of readers and critics alike. It didn’t help that Wells’ view of the world and its future seemed to grow darker with each passing year.

Soon, many of the author’s readers had little patience for his many dystopian futures, though Wells still inspired the masses with his nonfiction work.

Wells’ ideas have continued to permeate through entertainment today. He is still considered an unrivaled science fiction titan.

H.G. Wells Awards

Even though a number of awards have been named after H.G. Wells since his death, the author himself never won any awards for his literary work. However, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in Literature on Four Different occasions.

H.G. Wells Books into Movies/TV

A surprising number of Wells’ novels have been adapted into movies over the decades, both for the big and small screen, this including Dead Night, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The Shape of Things to Come, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, The History of Mr. Polly, The Passionate Friends, The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.

Best H.G. Wells Books

H.G. Wells will never be forgotten, not when one considers all his contributions to the science fiction genre, with some of the best books in his bibliography including:

The Time Machine: When an explorer uses his time machine to travel into the far flung future, he finds the earth dying a slow death. He also discovers the Morlocks and the Eloi, two races that manifest human nature’s differing sides.

This is the book that put H.G. Wells on the path to stardom. The book revolves around an English gentleman who finds the key to time travel. He builds a machine that takes him eight hundred thousand years into the future. There he meets the two races descended from human beings as he knows them.

The Island of Dr. Moreau: When Edward Prendick is shipwrecked on a Pacific Island, his only worry is the potential for his rescue and his ability to survive until that moment. He is unaware of the presence of Dr. Moreau and the strange creatures that he shares the island with.

This book wasn’t particularly popular when it came out. The Time Machine wowed readers with its representation of the wonderful possibilities of the science. Readers wanted more of that from Wells.

Instead, they were treated to a picture of the terror that can come from the misuse of science.

When Does The Next H.G. Wells book come out?

H.G. Wells doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Aepyornis Island and was released on June, 2nd 2022. It is the newest book in the H.G. Wells Short Stories/Novellas.

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