In one quarter palaces of marble, laced and crowned with light and flame and flowers, towered up into her marvelous twilights beautiful beyond description; in another, a black and sinister polyglot population sweltered in indescribable congestion in warrens, and excavations beyond the power and knowledge of governmentCommentary: Why the terrorists chose NYC Sep 12, 2002
She was the supreme type of the city of the Scientific Commercial Age; she displayed its greatness, its power, its ruthless anarchic enterprise, and its social disorganization most strikingly and completely ... she was the center of the world's finance, the world's trade, and the world's pleasure ... she was an ethnic whirlpool ... the flags of all nations flew in her harbors, and at the climax, the yearly coming and going overseas numbered together upwards of two million human beingsCommentary: Why the terrorists chose NYC Sep 12, 2002
No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than our own...(that) regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against usOpinion: Planetary show eases earthly ills May 04, 2002
The journey begins now. There is no line between fantasy and realityWhat happened to Vegas showrooms? Apr 30, 2002
Herbert George Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was an English author, now best known for his work in the science fiction genre. He was also a prolific writer in many other genres, including contemporary novels, history, politics and social commentary, even writing text books. Together with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback, Wells has been referred to as "The Father of Science Fiction".
Wells was an outspoken socialist and sympathetic to pacifist views, although he supported the First World War once it was under way, and his later works became increasingly political and didactic. His middle-period novels (1900–1920) were less science-fictional; they covered lower-middle class life (The History of Mr Polly) and the "New Woman" and the Suffragettes (Ann Veronica).
Herbert George Wells was born at Atlas House, 47 High Street, Bromley, in the county of Kent, a small market town, on 21 September 1866. Called "Bertie" in the family, he was the fourth and last child of Joseph Wells (a former domestic gardener, and at the time a shopkeeper and professional cricketer) and his wife Sarah Neal (a former domestic servant). The family was of the impoverished lower middle class. An inheritance had allowed the family to acquire a shop in which they sold china and sporting goods, although it failed to prosper: the stock was old and worn out, and the location was poor. Joseph Wells managed to earn a meagre income, but little of it came from the shop; Joseph received an unsteady amount of money from playing professional cricket for the Kent county team. Payment for skilled bowlers and batsmen came from voluntary donations afterwards, or from small payments from the clubs where matches were played.