a curious invitation last tuesday society
a curious invitation the century club last tuesday society soho london
Philip K Dick talk

 

VICTORIAN VISIONS:
The Scientific Romances of H. G. Wells
with Dr. Michael Sherborne at the Century Club - Soho W1

Wednesday 13th February 2019
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm

Join us the day before Valentine’s to celebrate another - more cerebral - side of romance. Before the term “science fiction” was coined in the 20th century, this literary genre, originated by such writers as Edgar Allen Poe and Jules Verne, was known as “scientific romance”. Herbert George Wells was the best-know early English exponent of this style, writing The War of the Worlds, the Time Machine and The invisible Man.

In this talk, historian Dr Sherborne will put Wells’s scientific romances into the context of his versatile career as an author, showing how he managed to integrate fantastical concepts like time travel and alien invasions into the context of everyday Victorian life. Sherborne will examine how a century after they were written Wells’s futuristic visions, such as The Shape of Things to Come, may have dated, sometimes in quite comical ways, but nonetheless remain compelling.

Dr Michael Sherborne
Michael Sherborne is the author of the biography HG Wells: Another Kind of Life. A vice-president of the HG Wells Society, he has written, lectured and broadcast widely on all aspects of Wells’s life and work. He has also written Advanced Level study guides on Shakespeare, Orwell and Huxley, as well as two comic novels. In 2018, he won the Shaw Society Playwriting Award with a humorous one-act play about Brexit.

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Victorian Visions: HG Wells's Scientific Romances with Dr. Michael Sherborne

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