Your Next Read Based on Your Favorite H.G. Wells Story

Posted by E.H. Kern

The mind behind such classics as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells is a preeminent fixture in science fiction canon. So on his birthday, we're commemorating the author with a round-up of great sci-fi reads that draw on themes originated by Wells himself. 

If You Liked The Time Machine, Try Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Wesley Chu’s novel, about a man tasked with delving into the Earth's past without disrupting the time line, will find many a fan among those who adored H. G. Wells' adventure tale of an intrepid time traveler.   

If You Liked War of the Worlds, Try Lagoon by Knedi Okorafor

In 1938, Orson Welles did a reading on the radio of H.G. Wells’ story, “War of the Worlds.” Welles did such a good job that panic broke out and people seriously thought that the Martians were on their way. Today we know that the planet Mars doesn’t harbor life, but the threat of alien invasion is still something that tickles the imagination of speculative fiction writers. On the hunt for more alien invasion stories? Try out Okorafor’s novel Lagoon, set in Nigeria’s capital, Lagos.


If you liked The Wonderful Visit, Try Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Martians weren’t the only otherworldly creatures H.G. Wells wrote about. One of his not-so-famous speculative stories is “The Wonderful Visit,”  the story of an angel that falls from the sky and lands in Victorian England. For a similar theme in a more modern setting, check out Courtney Allison Moulton’s urban fantasy, Angelfire.


If you liked The First Men in the Moon​, Try Ice by Shane Johnson

H.G. Wells wrote his story “The First Men in the Moon” in 1901. Sixty-eight years later, man walked on the surface of the Moon for the first time. Lunar science fiction has fallen out of popularity a bit since then, as authors favor more remote destinations. But that just makes Shane Johnson’s novel about lunar exploration, Ice, even more unique.